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Downtown parking study discussed at city council meeting (03/02/09)
The results of a parking study presented to the Cape Girardeau City Council shows that on-street parking downtown can be confusing and, at times, crowded. The study also reported that there seems to be plenty of parking off of city streets, but that it is mainly on private property and often has no markings to guide motorists on whether the owner allows the public to use the lot...
Coroner: Dunklin County man found in drainage ditch died of hypothermia (03/02/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The November 2008 investigation regarding the death of a Senath, Mo., man has officially been declared an accidental death as a result of hypothermia. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Dunklin County Coroner Jack Adkins confirmed that Mike Chandler, 52, of the Senath area, died as a result of hypothermia...
Three arrested on suspicion of stealing in Kelso area (03/02/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Charges have been filed on three Scott City men in connection with two stealing incidents in the Kelso area. James Thompson, 19, and Jonathan Williams, 21, have both been charged with two counts each of felony stealing, according to a Friday news release from Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. Also charged, with receiving stolen property, was Philip A. Salzman, 17...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/02/09)
The Cape Girardeau public school district is overhauling its facilities plan, and tonight the first of three public forums on the subject will take place.The forum will be at 6 p.m. today at Central Junior High School auditorium, 205 Caruthers Ave. ...
Sikeston teen arrested for string of burglaries (03/02/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — The arrest of a juvenile apparently solves a recent string of burglaries which caused thousands of dollars in damage. According to a news release issued Thursday evening by Sikeston Department of Public Safety, officers responded to an alarm at Sikeston Public School's Alternative Education Center, 835 W. ...
String of burglaries continues in Cape Girardeau (03/02/09)
Another burglary reported over the weekend is keeping Cape Girardeau police on the hunt for the person or people responsible for a string of late-fall and winter burglaries. In a burglary reported Friday at 2036 Cambridge St., a rock was thrown through a sliding door at the back of the residence. Claire Karnes said when she and her fiance got home, the glass from the sliding door was still falling...
Caruthersville police find 100 marijuana plants indoors (03/02/09)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Over 100 marijuana plants were seized and a suspect arrested after a marijuana-growing operation was discovered. At 4:15 p.m. Sunday, officers with the Caruthersville Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Laurant Street. Their investigation led them to a second house, according to a news release from the department...
Elderly woman found dead in Jackson apartment (03/02/09)
The body of an 82-year-old Jackson woman was discovered in her home this afternoon, according to Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton. Clifton said the woman died from smoke inhalation. He said it appears she died in a fire that occurred overnight, but it's unsure right now when the fire started. ...
Man who drove wounded AmerenUE worker after Jackson shooting speaks (03/02/09)
During a Friday trip to the hardware store, Scott City retiree Don Venable became a lifesaver. As he pulled up to a stoplight after exiting Interstate 55 at Center Junction, he saw a man leaning against the fender of the car ahead. When the car ahead did not move after the light changed, Venable pulled over to ask if the man needed help...
Cape schools to hold forum tonight (03/02/09)
Moving grades to different buildings and shifting elementary school boundaries are two of the ideas Cape Girardeau School District officials will present to the public at a forum tonight. Administrators, parents and community leaders have been meeting to prepare ideas for a comprehensive facilities plan that will outline a construction and renovation project with multiple phases. ...
Volunteers help residents of Missouri Veterans Home attend on-site church services (03/02/09)
Cody Daub, 11, has become a mainstay among the Sunday volunteers at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He helps residents get to chapel services. For two years, Daub has accompanied his grandfather and other members of the Scott City VFW Post 6407 to the veterans home, helping rearrange furniture, checking microphone batteries, pushing residents' wheelchairs to the home's lobby and joining them for post-service lunch...
Shooting investigation draws FBI, terrorism task force (03/02/09)
The Jackson Police Department is getting extra help investigating Friday's shooting of two AmerenUE workers. Jackson police chief James Humphreys said he'll be meeting with the FBI and St. Louis-based officials from the Joint Terrorism Task Force today...
Area firefighters attend rescue training (03/02/09)
Getting first-hand experience in emergency response and vehicle extrication was an important lesson for those who took part in a firefighter training course Sunday hosted by the Fruitland Fire Department. Over the weekend, about 50 firefighters and students from all over the state participated in the vehicle rescue technician class conducted by University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute. ...
Recent study: Meth abuse cost U.S. $23 billion in 2005 (03/02/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Some say drug offenses are victimless crimes. Scott County's prosecuting attorney says that belief is far from the truth and a new study supports his view. "Unfortunately, there is a large part of society that believes that drugs should be legalized and taxed," Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd said. ...
KRCC busy with final plans for annual telethon March 21 and 22 (03/02/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The annual Kenny Rogers Children's Center Telethon is weeks away, but phones are already buzzing with event plans and volunteers seeking donations. "If the phone starts ringing, don't be surprised," said Michelle Fayette, executive director of the KRCC. "We are already calling and soliciting donations."...
Cleaners combine, create health hazard at Missouri Veterans Home (03/02/09)
A shift worker at the Missouri Veterans Home trying to clear a drain Sunday morning used a cleaner containing sulfuric acid, but it reacted with some bleach already in the pipe, according to Capt. Ray Warner of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, creating a hazard...
Survey: Outlook bleak for Midwest, Plains economy (03/02/09)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The economy showed a small improvement last month in nine Midwest and Plains states, but a survey of business leaders released Monday suggests the outlook remains bleak and job losses will continue. Companies producing durable goods continued to cut jobs in February and international sales remained weak, said Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey...
Missouri trout season gets cold start (03/02/09)
CASSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- With snow and chilly temperatures, Roaring River State Park in southwest Missouri had smaller crowds this year for the opening of the state's trout season. Superintendent Dusty Reid said the park prepared for a huge opening day with about 3,300 fishermen with 7,200 fish and 50 lunkers stocked...
Ozarks worried about more flooding this spring (03/02/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Business owners and residents still recovering from floods that did millions of dollars in damage last year in the Ozarks are worried conditions are ripe for the same problem this year. A group of marina owners recently asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to act to avoid more flooding this year, but corps officials said they won't change their operating procedures...
Collinsville, Ill., schools may face teacher layoffs (03/02/09)
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. -- There may be teacher layoffs soon in the Collinsville Public Schools. Superintendent Dennis Craft said the Unit 10 School District may have to lay off as many as 15 teachers and one administrator, plus some support staff, to balance the budget next year...
Warrant from 20s may be served (03/02/09)
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- The Carter County Sheriff's Department is trying to serve an 80-year-old warrant for the arrest of a man who wrote a $30 bad check, although unsure if he is alive. The warrant, issued in August 1928, calls for the arrest of J.A. Rowland. It says he owes $30 for the bad check, $2 for the arrest fee and 50 cents each for the affidavit and warrant...
Classes dividing boys, girls grows exponentially (03/02/09)
ST. LOUIS -- In Alicia Wall's first-grade class at Carman Trails elementary, just girls sat at round tables, busily coloring and cutting out pictures of candy. It was a math lesson in attributes. Later, they would sort out the pieces by color, shape and size...
Embattled senator from Illinois fights to fit in (03/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- If it were up to Roland Burris, he'd be here to stay. A week of lonely walks, calls for his resignation and cameras following his every move didn't seem to affect the new senator from Illinois. The opposite, actually: Burris spent most of his time digging in...
A human sign of hard days: More look for work as walking advertisements (03/02/09)
ST. LOUIS — His wife didn't want him to take the job. "She thought it was beneath me," Kurt Wilson said. But here he is, standing on a thin strip of sidewalk in the bitter cold at 8 a.m., the start of a four-hour shift along a commercial strip of Brentwood Boulevard...
Report: Fewer kids have high lead levels (03/02/09)
CHICAGO -- In an improvement in children's health, far fewer youngsters have high lead levels than 20 years ago, new government research reports -- a testament to aggressive efforts to get lead out of paint, water and soil. Lead can interfere with the developing nervous system and cause permanent problems with learning, memory and behavior. Children in poor neighborhoods have generally been more at risk because they tend to live in older housing and in industrial areas...
Court to hear W.Va. case focusing on campaign cash (03/02/09)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A coal executive's bankrolling of a West Virginia justice's election comes under intense scrutiny this week as the nation's highest court considers when judges should step aside from cases involving campaign supporters. Don Blankenship spent at least $3 million to help Republican Brent Benjamin, a little-known lawyer from Charleston, defeat the incumbent Democrat in 2004. ...
Sources: AIG to get up to $30B more aid (03/02/09)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Struggling insurer American International Group Inc. will receive up to $30 billion in additional federal assistance in the fourth government rescue of the company, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Sunday...
TV ads project image of racial harmony (03/02/09)
Ever see an inner-city schoolyard filled with white, Asian and black teens shooting hoops? Or middle-aged white and Latino men swigging beer and watching the Super Bowl on their black neighbor's couch? Or Asians and Latinos dancing the night away in a hip-hop club?...
Rare snow blankets Southern states (03/02/09)
A potent March snowstorm blanketed much of the Southeast with snow Sunday before barreling toward the Northeast, where officials prepared snowplows and road-salt for a wintery assault. The icy blast threatened to drop up to a foot of snow in the Philadelphia area, 13 inches in New York and 15 inches across southern New England late Sunday...
Problems face Sebelius if she is next health chief (03/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- A health-care system overhaul, weak finances in Medicare, lapses in food safety. Those challenges and more await Kathleen Sebelius as President Obama's health secretary. Gaining confirmation from the Senate would be the Kansas governor's first hurdle...
U.S. official: Iran has materials for bomb (03/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. military official said Sunday that Iran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon, declaring it would be a "very, very bad outcome" should Tehran move forward. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the assessment when questioned in a broadcast interview about a recent report by the U.N. ...
Obama to meet EU leaders in April (03/02/09)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- President Obama will meet with European Union leaders at a summit in April during his first trip to Europe, an official said Sunday. Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who currently holds the EU presidency, said Obama has accepted the invitation to visit Prague, the Czech capital, on April 5 to meet with all 27 EU leaders...
Iraq cutting back on spending as oil drops (03/02/09)
BAGHDAD -- Falling oil prices will force Iraq to cut back on military spending, leaving questions about whether it can handle tasks such as protecting oil platforms in the Gulf once the American pullout is complete, a top U.S. commander said. Iraq's leaders now have to decide where the cuts will be deepest: arms, patrol boats or air power -- all of which the country needs to create a fully functioning security force...
Israeli attorney general says he'll indict prime minister (03/02/09)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's attorney general notified Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday that he plans to indict him on suspicion of illicitly taking cash-stuffed envelopes from a Jewish-American businessman. Olmert would become the first Israeli prime minister ever indicted...
EU rejects bailout for eastern Europe (03/02/09)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders rejected a new multibillion euro bailout for eastern Europe on Sunday, suggesting additional aid be given to struggling nations only on a case-by-case basis. Germany and the Netherlands also shot down suggestions that eastern European countries that have seen their currencies fall be given fast entry to the euro, which has remained strong against the U.S. dollar and Japanese yen...
Indonesian tiger catchers in race against time, fear (03/02/09)
SUNGAI GELAM, Indonesia -- Indonesia's tiger catchers have a double job -- protecting humans from tigers, and tigers from humans. The teams of rangers and conservationists rush to the scene when villagers report attacks or sightings of critically endangered Sumatran tigers. First, they calm the people. And then, if there are signs the animal is nearby, they return with steel cage traps, live bait, heat-sensitive cameras and other equipment to capture it...
Clinton to announce aid for Gaza totaling $300 million (03/02/09)
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today will pledge about $300 million in U.S. humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip, plus about $600 million in assistance to the Palestinian Authority, a U.S. official said Sunday...
Now that the losing is done, just the hiring remains (03/02/09)
Now that the gruesome Southeast Missouri State men's basketball season is over, the real suspense begins. I'm talking about who might be named the Redhawks' next coach, an announcement that should come soon. A host of potential candidates have already been tossed about on the Internet, but nobody really has any idea who new athletic director John Shafer is targeting...
Two NFL players among 4 boaters missing (03/02/09)
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Coast Guard searched off Florida's Gulf Coast on Sunday for a fishing boat carrying NFL players Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper and two other men missing more than a day in choppy seas. Smith, a defensive end for the Detroit Lions, and Cooper, an Oakland Raiders linebacker, were on a 21-foot vessel that left Clearwater Pass for a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return as expected, the Coast Guard said Sunday. ...
Southeast's final two games against Purdue canceled due to weather (03/02/09)
The weather got the best of the Southeast Missouri State and Purdue baseball teams for the second day in a row. Sunday's scheduled series finale at Capaha Field was canceled because of cold and wet conditions, the same fate that met Saturday's game...
Southeast's Ishee is hospitalized after accident (03/02/09)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee was involved in an automobile accident early Sunday morning in St Louis County. In a news release issued by the university Sunday night, Southeast athletic director John Shafer said Ishee was injured and is hospitalized in St. Louis...
No. 11 Missouri suffers 25-point road loss to Kansas (03/02/09)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas landed an 18-1 knockout punch in the first 10 minutes, and then made sure Missouri didn't get back in the fight this time. Sherron Collins scored 25 points and dished out several key assists in the take-command run and the No. 15 Jayhawks took command of the Big 12 race by trouncing the 11th-ranked Tigers 90-65 on Sunday...
Rodriguez meets with MLB officials about steroids (03/02/09)
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez had a two-hour meeting with Major League Baseball officials Sunday. How much he told them about steroids is a secret -- at least so far. The commissioner's office released a statement saying Rodriguez was "cooperative" in an interview with officials from baseball's Department of Investigations and Labor Relations Department. No further details were revealed, and the statement said MLB would have no additional comment at this time...
Ogilvy wins match-play title with rout of Casey (03/02/09)
Geoff Ogilvy has been better than anyone in match play over the last four years. One of these days, he might find out if that includes Tiger Woods. Even without the world's No. 1 player around, Ogilvy finished off a remarkable weekend at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., on Sunday with a 4-and-3 victory over Paul Casey to win the Accenture Match Play Championship for the second time in four years...
Cardinals win as Marlins exhibit poor 'D' (03/02/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Jeremy Hermida is off to a nice start at the plate with the Florida Marlins. He still has some work to do in the field. Hermida homered for the second straight day but also misplayed a ball in left field in the Marlins' 14-10 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday...
Kyle Busch wins on his hometown track in Las Vegas (03/02/09)
LAS VEGAS -- Kyle Busch has had plenty of highlights in his short NASCAR career: setting a record as the youngest winner in series history, giving Toyota its first victory and returning Joe Gibbs Racing's flagship car to prominence. None of it compared to winning at home...
'Madea' locks up No. 1 at box office (03/02/09)
LOS ANGELES -- "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" locked up $16.5 million in ticket sales to claim the top spot at the box office for a second straight weekend, beating out "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience." The Jonas Brothers film, featuring the band on stage and off, took in $12.7 million, the second-biggest opening for a concert film...
Board of Realtors presents awards (03/02/09)
Forty-three agents were recently honored by the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors for closed sales, listings or leases totaling $1.888 million in 2008. Martha Hamilton of Prudential Bridgeport Realtors was the leading residential specialist with sales of $9 million and Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place Ltd. was the leading commercial specialist with sales and leases totaling $20 million...
Talking Shop with Chris Buehrle, NARS founder, president and chief executive officer (03/02/09)
Southeast Missouri State University last week celebrated several events in honor of National Entrepreneurship Week, which was Feb. 21 through 28. Among the events scheduled were classroom visits by National Asset Recovery Services founder, president and chief executive officer Chris Buehrle. ...
Chinese e-cigs gain ground despite safety concerns (03/02/09)
BEIJING -- With its slim white body and glowing amber tip, it can easily pass as a regular cigarette. It even emits what look like curlicues of white smoke. The Ruyan V8, which produces a nicotine-infused mist absorbed directly into the lungs, is just one of a rapidly growing array of electronic cigarettes attracting attention in China, the U.S. and elsewhere -- and the scrutiny of world health officials...
People on the Move 03/02/09 (03/02/09)
UPS honors Cape Girardeau driver for 20 accident-free years Earl Messmer, a package car driver for UPS, was recently recognized by the company for completing 20 years without an accident. Messmer works out of the facility at 3425 Willow Road in Scott City, and provides service in the rural Cape Girardeau area. Manager Merlin Pyrtle presented Messmer with the 20-year safe driving award. Messmer lives in Gordonville with his two children, Gary Messmer and Christina Kirkou....
Stella Mae Simmons (03/02/09)
Stella Mae Simmons GALE, Ill. -- Stella Mae Simmons, 82, of Gale died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at home. She was born May 28, 1926, in Gale, daughter of Robert C. and Susie Snell Prewitt. She and James J. Simmons were married May 28, 1946, in Cape Girardeau. He died Aug. 16, 1994...
Danny Cruz (03/02/09)
Danny Cruz Danny Joseph Cruz, 50, of Whitewater, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 5, 1958, at Fort Atkinson, Wis., son of Joseph Soledad and Gertrude Ethel McCulley Cruz. Cruz was a maintenance worker for Wal-Mart in Cape Girardeau...
Henry Barry (03/02/09)
Henry Barry Henry Anthony Barry III, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at home. He was born March 1, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Henry Anthony and Grace Heap Barry. He is survived by a brother-in-law, Robert Stephens of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Jack Barry of New Jersey; and a sister, Jeanne Barry of Orlando, Fla...
Virginia Keller (03/02/09)
Virginia Keller Virginia B. Keller, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 28, 1918, at Hubble Township in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Elbert L. and Pauline Brase Whitler. She and Dewey M. Keller were married Oct. 5, 1940, at Zion Lutheran Church Parsonage near Gordonville, Mo. She lived the rest of her life with her husband at their residence on Highway 25 near Gordonville...
Rose Goehman (03/02/09)
Rose Goehman Biddie Rose Goehman, 77, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Scott City, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 23, 1931, daughter of William Benjamin and Bridget Dailey Hopper. She and Milton Lee Goehman were married July 3, 1948, at Scott City...
Police report 3/2/09 (03/02/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Michael W. Enos, 503 Fifth St., Chaffee, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n David K. Heider, 922 Good Hope St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Fire report 3/2/09 (03/02/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 8:34 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of West Park Mall. n At 9:02 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of William Street. n At 11:55 p.m., a citizen assist in the 2800 block of Themis Street...
Out of the past 3/2/09 (03/02/09)
25 years ago: March 2, 1984 A controversy is brewing over the replacement of windows at the Common Pleas Courthouse, with members of the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau claiming plans for window replacements are historically improper; the County Court wants to replace 55 original windows with newer, more energy-efficient windows...
Missouri bill would make lack of seat belt cause for traffic stop (03/02/09)
Scott County Commissioner Jamie Burger always uses his seat belt. He said his family buckles up too, and for those workers driving county vehicles, "it's a condition of employment." Under Missouri law, Section 307.178 to be specific, failure to wear a seat belt will cost the offender $10 — unless there are more people in the vehicle than there are seat belts, for which there is no penalty. ...
Comfort Suites opens in Jackson (03/02/09)
Nearly a year and a half after ground was broken, Comfort Suites in Jackson has opened. Construction of the 64-room hotel at 2904 Old Orchard Road began in 2007. It is part of the Choice Hotels chain, which includes 10 brand-name lodging groups, including Quality Inn, Econo Lodge, Sleep Inn and Clarion...
Lloyd Smith: Another political luminary from Southeast Missouri (03/02/09)
The southeast quadrant of Missouri has contributed its fair share of politicians and political movers and shakers -- both Democrats and Republicans -- over the decades. Now a favorite son of Sikeston, Lloyd Smith, will be the executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, a post that requires a firm grasp of political insight and a broad understanding of state politics. ...
Speak Out 3/2/09 (03/02/09)
Not the way it was I went to Central High School, and never were there any doors or anything else that were marked "colored" or "white." I hope there will come a day when this kind of thing will not come up. I had dear friends at Central High that were black and white, and I hate seeing my school dissed like that...
Check Us Out (03/02/09)
The Cape Area Family Resource Center is a 5013c which means all of your contributions are tax deductible. As a local hub, many national and local organizations are able to reach the community and make a positive impact through the center on a daily basis...
Youth Club meets Jackson Mayor (03/02/09)
Modern Woodmen of America held the first meeting of a new youth service club in Jackson last week. The club is designed to help youth become more active in community service while having fun and learning more about their community. The first meeting was held in the Jackson City Council Chambers where Mayor Barbara Lohr challenged the students to get involved in helping others and have lots of fun along the way...
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