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Fire hits Fruitland home (03/03/09)
A fire that began in a garage Tuesday afternoon destroyed the kitchen and living room of a home in Bella Vista Lake subdivision near Fruitland. Firefighters found the garage and part of the attached home at 1020 Bella Vista Drive fully engulfed in flames when they arrved, said Fruitland Fire District chief Dean Riley. A firefighter who lives nearby was able to help direct crews as they arrived, helping save a neighboring home that was in danger, Riley said...
Guantanamo measure sponsored by Cape Girardeau representative passes Missouri House (03/03/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are urging the federal government not to keep Guantanamo Bay terror suspects in their state. President Barack Obama in January ordered the prison to be closed within a year. Missouri House members voted 125-29 on Tuesday in favor of a resolution asking that those prisoners not be housed in their state. No place in Missouri has been mentioned as a possible site for the prisoners, although Fort Leavenworth in neighboring Kansas has...
Authorities release name of Jackson woman killed in fire, cause of blaze (03/03/09)
Authorities this morning released the name of a woman who was discovered dead from smoke inhalation Monday in Jackson. The death of Iva L. Bangert, 82, of Jackson, is being attributed to careless smoking...
Jackson police studying handwritten journal of man who shot AmerenUE linemen (03/03/09)
The Perryville, Mo., man who shot two AmerenUE employees Friday kept a handwritten journal that Jackson police are studying in an attempt to understand why he became violent before committing suicide. The journal, retrieved from the Perryville apartment where Aaron C. Hemingway, 32, lived alone, shows his anger at the government over taxation and other issues but gives no clear clue about his motives, Jackson police Lt. Rodney Barnes said...
AAA poll finds motorists support outlawing text messaging while driving (03/03/09)
A recent survey about traffic and transportation related topics of AAA members in Missouri, Southern Illinois, southern Indiana and eastern Kansas has found that 92 percent believe texting behind the wheel is deadly and states should pass laws making the practice illegal. Eighty-seven percent of those same respondents said they would not favor a law that makes texting illegal only for newly licensed drivers...
AAA: Drivers support ban on texting (03/03/09)
A recent survey of AAA members in Missouri, Southern Illinois southern Indiana and eastern Kansas has found that 92 percent believe texting from behind the wheel is deadly and states should make the practice illegal. Mike Right, a spokesman for AAA Missouri, said the poll responses seem to reiterate sentiment he's found among others nationwide...
Snow storm may be responsible for Pemiscot County woman's death (03/03/09)
PEMISCOT COUNTY, Mo. -- The weekend snow storm claimed the life of a 51-year-old Pemiscot County woman who was seeking help after getting stuck in a snow drift. According to Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, on Sunday the department received a report that Carolyn Brown, 51, of Caruthersville, Mo., was missing. ...
Butler County woman found in ditch may have drowned (03/03/09)
BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. — The recent death of an area woman appears to have been water related, though the manner in which she drowned remains undetermined. The autopsy of LaDonna M. Williams, who resided on Route AA near Broseley, was completed Monday afternoon, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers. Authorities are now waiting on the forensic toxicology report, which will take a couple of weeks...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/03/09)
A recent study conducted by AAA found that many people in our state are against texting while driving, saying it's too dangerous to be legal.That may mean there's support for a bill proposed to make the practice illegal in Missouri. Click here for the story, and look for more details later on seMissourian.com...
Scott City retiree tells of finding scene of Ameren linemen shooting (03/03/09)
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...
Contra dance set for Saturday at Christ Episcopal (03/03/09)
The Cape Friends of Traditional Music and Dance will hold a contra dance with free beginner's session from 6:45 to 7 p.m.; dance to live music from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Christ Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fountain St. All moves are taught and the dances are walked through. Music is by Quittin Time. Requested donation is discounted for students. For more information, call John or Kathy Coffman at 334-4706, Judy Bradley at 334-5289 or John Boyd at 335-7315...
Elderly woman found dead in Jackson apartment (03/03/09)
The body of an 82-year-old Jackson woman was discovered in her home just before 2 p.m. Monday, according to Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton. Clifton said the woman, who was last seen alive early Sunday evening, appears to have died from smoke inhalation...
Help raise funds for Boy Scouts by bowling (03/03/09)
Boy Scouts of Jackson Troop 311 are raising funds to attend a high adventure summer program, SeaBase, this summer. Scout activities will include learning and experiencing safety and seamanship, working on vessels and snorkeling in the Bahamas. A bowling fundraiser will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Main Street Lanes, Jackson. Ticket price includes three hours of bowling, pizza and drinks. For more information call Nickie at 573-833-6940...
Road, bridge board mulls ways to revise paving policy (03/03/09)
A person who does something right "never hears about it," said John Helderman, midway through Cape Girardeau County's road and bridge board meeting. "But when you do something wrong, you never hear the end of it." Fellow members of the board chuckled and nodded and resumed discussing how the county's road paving policy can be fixed...
Cell phone thief sentenced for robbery, assault (03/03/09)
A man who pleaded guilty to stealing cash and cell phones from three Southeast Missouri State University students was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. Dantrail S. Tipler, 19, of Cape Girardeau, admitted on Jan. 20 that he had robbed the three students when they tried to purchase marijuana from him Aug. 30. Tipler was arrested Aug. 31 during a traffic stop by officer Joseph Hann of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Facilities plan discussed at public forum hosted by Cape Girardeau schools (03/03/09)
Several members of the community showed support for continuing construction projects at Central High School during a forum Monday night hosted by Cape Girardeau school officials. About 30 people attended the meeting at the Junior High School, most encouraging concentrated efforts at the high school, which opened in 2002...
Farmers look ahead to uncertain 2009 amid extremes in weather, financial markets (03/03/09)
Third-generation farmer Jeff Lorberg of Gordonville is cautious when predicting the income from his 2009 crop of corn, soybeans and wheat. High input costs, swings in grain prices, record rainfall and the coldest temperatures since 1996 made for one of Lorberg's most unpredictable years...
Ark. House OKs ban on novelty lighters (03/03/09)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A bill banning the sale and distribution of novelty cigarette lighters is headed to Gov. Mike Beebe. The House voted 97-0 on Tuesday in favor of the bill by Sen. Sharon Trusty of Russellville. The lighters, which often resemble toys or cartoon characters, have already been banned in several Arkansas cities...
Some state lawmakers fighting stimulus (03/03/09)
CONCORD, N.H. -- For small-government die-hards, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill recently passed by Congress isn't a life saver. It's the last straw. Several lawmakers are sponsoring resolutions -- most of them only symbolic -- asserting state sovereignty, in effect the right to ignore any federal law or policies they deem unconstitutional, including the stimulus bill, the No Child Left Behind Act and any new assault rifle ban...
St. Louis conference on women's health research begins (03/03/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Scientists, health care providers and advocacy groups are meeting in St. Louis this week to determine priorities for women's health research. The National Institutes of Health is hosting the forum at Washington University. It is the first of several regional conferences...
Mo. House OKs military, first-responder benefits (03/03/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House endorses legislation giving retired military personnel a tax break and allowing family members of first-responders killed on duty to get financial benefits. The two bills were each given first-round approval Monday and need another vote before moving to the Senate...
Clooney movie begins shooting this week in St. Louis (03/03/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Shooting begins this week in St. Louis for George Clooney's film, "Up in the Air." Movie trucks were parked downtown over the weekend near Busch Stadium and the Millennium hotel. The film will make use of more than 50 locations in the St. Louis area, including Lambert St. Louis-International Airport...
Kennel raids, seizure up sharply in state (03/03/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — State officials say they can't pinpoint a reason for a dramatic increase in the number of abused and neglected dogs rescued in Missouri this year. Since January, the Department of Agriculture has seized more than 1,100 dogs, about twice as many as this time last year. Action has been taken against 23 Missouri breeders so far...
Social Security chief hopeful on solvency (03/03/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue is hopeful the Obama administration will address the solvency of the system before the 2012 elections. But in a speech on Monday in St. Louis, Astrue declined to speculate on how the administration plans to fix it...
World briefs 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
Obama nominates Sebelius to Cabinet WASHINGTON — President Obama turned to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday to help him overhaul a healthpcare system whose cost has risen four times as fast as people's wages in recent years. "Health-care reform that reduces costs while expanding coverage is no longer just a dream we hope to achieve; it's a necessity we have to achieve," Obama said as he introduced Sebelius as his choice to be secretary of health and human services and Nancy-Ann DeParle, a health policy figure during the Clinton administration, to head the White House Office for Health Reform.. ...
States urged to improve programs for parole, probation (03/03/09)
NEW YORK -- The number of people on parole and probation across the United States has surged past 5 million, according to a new report which says financially struggling states can save money in the long run by investing in better supervision of these offenders...
Obama releases secret Bush-era anti-terror memos (03/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers and divulging that the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects...
Storm dumps heavy snow on East Coast (03/03/09)
NEW YORK -- A storm packing freezing rain, heavy snow and strong wind gusts paralyzed most of the East Coast on Monday, sending dozens of cars careening into ditches, grounding hundreds of flights and closing school for millions of children. The effects of the storm were seen up and down the coast. ...
Clinton calls for action to forge peace in the Mideast (03/03/09)
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that Israel cannot "just sit and take rockets" from Gaza terrorizing its citizens as she stressed the Obama administration's commitment to finding a peaceful existence for Israelis and Palestinians...
Double assassination leaves African nation in turmoil (03/03/09)
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau -- The man who ruled this small African nation for nearly a quarter-century was assassinated Monday just hours after a bomb killed his longtime rival, the armed forces chief, leaving behind a power vacuum as the country tries to stem a booming cocaine trade...
Meadow Heights girls reach district title game (03/03/09)
Meadow Heights rolled into the district championship game with a 64-30 victory Monday. The Panthers got 16 points from Whitney Welker as they downed Chaffee in the Class 2 District 3 girls basketball tournament semifinals in Chaffee. Hattie Cook added 15 points, including four 3-pointers, for Meadow Heights (19-6)...
Scott City parlays confidence into district win against Kelly (03/03/09)
CHARLESTON -- Junior Skylar Cobb found his shooting rhythm during the second quarter and didn't let up. Cobb shot Scott City past Kelly 69-54 in the opening round of the Class 3 District 1 boys basketball tournament Monday. "When I'm hitting them, my confidence is up," Cobb said. "I try to get open and throw it up there. If it goes in, my confidence goes up...
Wainwright struggles in spring debut against Rays (03/03/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright expected to be a lot sharper in his first spring training appearance. Wainwright allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and a walk in two innings of the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday...
Southeast women open OVC tourney without Ishee (03/03/09)
The last time Southeast Missouri State did not advance to the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball tournament was also the last time the Redhawks did not host a first-round tournament game. Southeast will try to make sure that doesn't happen again when the Redhawks play at Tennessee State tonight in the opening round of the eight-team OVC tournament...
Redhawks coach recovering from car accident (03/03/09)
Southeast Missouri State assistant women's basketball coach Chris Harris said Monday that John Ishee appears to be on his way to a solid recovery. Ishee, Southeast's third-year coach, was involved in an automobile accident Sunday morning in St Louis County...
Griffey prepares to make Mariners debut (03/03/09)
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Now that Ken Griffey Jr.'s swollen knee has improved, he is ready to play in his first game for Seattle in a decade. The 39-year-old slugger hit for about 10 minutes against two Class A pitchers in a simulated game Monday. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu then confirmed Griffey will make his spring debut, as planned, at designated hitter Wednesday night against Australia's national team...
Parties not talking about Chiefs' coup (03/03/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Scott Pioli pulled off a big deal in his first major act as Kansas City's general manager, landing quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel for a second-round draft pick. Not a package of draft picks, not the second-rounder and another player, not even with cash thrown in. A potentially franchise-building quarterback and a starting linebacker for one second-round draft pick. That's it...
49ers do their best to woo free-agent Warner (03/03/09)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Kurt Warner is being courted by an eager division rival of the Arizona Cardinals. The San Francisco 49ers sent a private jet Monday for the two-time MVP quarterback, who traveled from Phoenix to the team's training complex for a physical exam and a meeting with top brass...
One man rescued, but two NFL players still among three missing (03/03/09)
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Coast Guard on Monday narrowed the search area for two NFL players and a third man missing since a weekend fishing trip off the Florida Gulf Coast after crews rescued a fourth man clinging to their capsized boat. Survivor Nick Schuyler, a former University of South Florida player, told rescuers that the boat the four good friends were aboard was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas, said Coast Guard Capt. ...
Health calendar 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
Today Back Surgery: When is it the right choice? Back surgery options, including artificial disc replacement, will be discussed. Call 332-1587 for more information. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Running to fitness, week 4: next steps (03/03/09)
Three weeks into a running program, the newbie fitness guru faces an invisible hurdle: keeping the mojo going. "Set a long-term goal so that you have something to aim for," Cassie Kipper, a fitness specialist, runner and personal trainer at Fitness Plus, wrote in an e-mail to the Southeast Missourian. "Choose a local 5K or 1-mile run/race to participate in. When you have an end goal in sight, it is easier to stay on task."...
YouTube Symphony Orchestra picked (03/03/09)
NEW YORK -- The auditions are over. The first YouTube Symphony Orchestra -- selected by viewers of the website -- will consist of more than 90 musicians from some 30 countries. More than 3,000 videos were submitted by amateur and professional musicians from 70-plus countries. ...
Publicist: Ousted Illinois governor to write book (03/03/09)
CHICAGO -- A publicist for Rod Blagojevich said the former Illinois governor plans to write a book "exposing the dark side of politics." Glenn Selig said Blagojevich signed a six-figure deal Monday. Selig said the book also will detail how Blagojevich selected President Obama's successor in the U.S. Senate...
Southeast Missouri businesses offer out-of-the-office recreation (03/03/09)
What's the best way to get to know your co-workers? Find out who they are after-hours. Managers say it encourages stronger relationships among employees both inside the workplace and out. About 24 percent of Southeast Missouri State University faculty and staff have memberships to the campus recreational facilities. ...
AmerenUE's director to take reins of Ameren (03/03/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Thomas Voss will succeed Gary Rainwater as president and chief executive officer of Ameren Corp. effective May 1, the St. Louis-based utility said Monday. Rainwater will remain with Ameren as executive chairman. Voss is currently chief executive officer of AmerenUE, the company's Missouri utility. Warner Baxter will replace Voss as CEO of AmerenUE...
AIG makes history with $62 billion loss (03/03/09)
NEW YORK -- American International Group Inc. lost $62 billion in 92 days. That's nearly $470,000 a minute. And it's more money than Bill Gates' net worth. The insurance giant's quarterly loss reported Monday was the biggest in corporate history, topping the previous record of about $45 billion set by Time Warner Inc. during the fourth quarter of 2002...
Dow finishes day well below 7,000 (03/03/09)
NEW YORK -- A sell-off in the stock market Monday broke through psychological barriers as investors warned there was no reason to believe buyers will return anytime soon. The Dow Jones industrial average fell below 7,000 at the opening bell and kept driving lower all day, finishing at 6,763 -- a loss of nearly 300 points. Each of the 30 stocks in the index lost value for the day...
Six years after suffering a stroke, Ben Stillwell has this advice for other victims: Keep Trying (03/03/09)
A stroke disrupted Ben Stillwell's life six years ago. A friend saved his life. Stillwell, now 56, said he was reading aloud in a Sunday morning Bible class. "The words that were coming out of my mouth were not the words I was reading," said Stillwell, commanding officer of the Cape Girardeau Salvation Army...
Marty Weiler (03/03/09)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. — Marty Weiler, 42, of Ste. Genevieve died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. He was born June 30, 1966, in Perryville, Mo., son of Jerry "Hoot Owl" and Georgia Brown Weiler. He and Sandy L. Flieg were married Sept. 9, 1989...
Jane Alleman (03/03/09)
Roy Jane Alleman, 78, of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, March 2, 2009, at Heartland Care and Rehab. She was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Verden, Okla., daughter of Samuel F. and Marjorie Wade Gardner. She and Elmer J. Alleman were married in 1971 in Biloxi, Miss. He died in July 1979...
Edwina Stokes (03/03/09)
CAIRO, Ill. — Edwina S. "Winnie" Stokes, 86, of Cairo died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1922, in Wickliffe, Ky., daughter of Eddie and Alma Webb Sullivan. She married Bill Stokes. Stokes taught kindergarten many years in Cairo area schools. She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Cairo and Illinois State Retired Teachers Association...
Ramona Orick (03/03/09)
THEBES, Ill. — Ramona Ruth Orick, 75, of Thebes died Monday, March 2, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home...
Caltha Ramsey (03/03/09)
Caltha Germaine Ramsey, 91, of Burfordville died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at her home. She was born April 19, 1917, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of William McKinley and Ora Jane Moore Prater. She and Earl Ramsey were married July 21, 1934, at Sturdivant, Mo. He died in 1977...
Pershing Perry (03/03/09)
BELL CITY, Mo. — Pershing Perry, 90, of Bell City died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 20, 1918, at Bell City, son of Alvin and Pearl Hubbs Perry. He and Juanita Gilles were married Sept. 23, 1940, in Cape Girardeau. Perry was retired from Missouri Highway Department and farming. He was a member of Christian Life Church in Advance, Mo...
Glenda Davis (03/03/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Glenda Rae Davis, 56, of Chaffee died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 23, 1953, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Glenn and Irma Barrett Bloodworth. She and Michael Davis were married Oct. 7, 1992...
Births 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
Williams Son to Tonia Lashay Williams of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:28 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009. Name, Michael Arnez. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces. Sixth child, second son. Ms. Williams is the daughter of Ronald Artis and the late Valerie Williams...
Fire report 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the follow calls Sunday: n At 5:45 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of South Pacific Street. n At 8:57 p.m., box alarm at 1107 Meriwether St. n At 9:49 p.m., emergency medical service on Woodbine Street...
Police report 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Raymond J. Pulliam Jr., 22, 1831 College St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, no ignition interlock device in vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon...
Out of the past 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
25 years ago: March 3, 1984 A new law partnership has been formed by Albert C. Lowes and Walter S. Drusch, and they will open their new office April 2 at 2912 Independence St.; they will also have an associate, Eric Cunningham, a recent law graduate of the University of Arkansas...
Corrections 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
Due to an officer's error, the Cape Girardeau Police Department incident log published in Saturday's Southeast Missourian incorrectly identified a man who was arrested. The correct entry should have read that Terry L. Gerlach Jr., 32, Wappapello, Mo., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for fraud, a New Madrid County warrant for fraud, a Butler County warrant for fraud and a Bollinger County warrant for failure to appear.The Real Estate showcase in Sunday's newspaper should have listed the phone number for Re/Nax Divinie Homes as 339-0488. A photo caption in Monday's newspaper should have identified the subject as Norman Brant. The Southeast Missourian regrets the errors. . ...
Missouri's term limits aren't broke, don't need fixing (03/03/09)
In 1992, Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved term limits for state legislators. Any member of the Missouri House or Senate elected in or after 1994 is limited to eight years in either chamber, which means it is possible for a legislator to serve eight years in the House and another eight years in the Senate. In the years since term limits went into effect, there have been discussions from time to time about changing the term limits or eliminating them...
Speak Out 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
Dealing day and night GREAT job, drug task force, for gathering up some of the drug dealers in town. It's too bad the main drug dealers on the corner of South Frederick Street are still working hard day and night. They are across from a church, and it's a wonder as to why they are able to continue there high-profit drug dealings...
Prayer 3/3/09 (03/03/09)
Comfort us, O God, and ease our pain when we confront our sorrow. Amen.
Softball Leagues Forming (03/03/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT SHAWNEE PARK SPORTS COMPLEX 2009 SOFTBALL INFROMATION The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department announces the 2009 Summer Softball Manager's Meeting Dates; MEETINGS:March 12, 2009- Co-ed & Men's League...
Fabulous Fifty Party for Cindy Wyatt Bradshaw (03/03/09)
Cindy Wyatt Bradshaw's 50th Red Dagger production at Cape Central High School is currently in rehearsals. To celebrate this milestone, a Fabulous Fifty party will be held in the Cape Central High School Library on Saturday, March 28 from 2:00-4:00. Seen here reviewing photos from previous shows, she hopes former actors and techies will attend! Twelve Angry Jurors takes the stage March 26-28. Contact bradshawc@capetigers.com for additional details...
Fruitland house fire (03/03/09)
Cell phone picture of garage fire at 1020 Bella Vista Drive near Fruitland on Tuesday.
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