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The boomerangs: They've lived all over the U.S., but these retirees agree there's no place like home (03/07/09)
Leonard "Len" and Janet Fiedler Altenburg, Mo. In 43 years, Len and Janet Fiedler have lived in seven houses in three states. They love each place they've lived, but both agree there's nothing like coming back to Southeast Missouri. "It's good to be back home," says Janet. "As they say, 'You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl.'"...
High winds expected (03/07/09)
PADUCAH, Ky. — Strong and gusty winds may pose a minor traffic hazard today, according to the National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky. A weather outlook issued this afternoon on the weather service's website said to expect wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour, which can challenge drivers of a higher-profile vehicles, while pedestrians should watch for small debris that may blow around...
Cosmetic changes More boomers are undergoing surgery to improve their looks (03/07/09)
Plastic surgery has become more common among seniors, especially women ages 55 and up, says Ana Phelps, marketing director and cosmetic consultant at Dr. Deisher's Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau. In many cases, these patients have lost a spouse and are preparing to re-enter the dating scene...
Wheels and deals: Classic car enthusiasts look for bargains at collector auction (03/07/09)
Ernest and Doris Rhodes of Jonesboro, Ill., are shopping for a car in Cape Girardeau this weekend, but they won't find what they're looking for at any of the area dealers. The Rhodeses were among the 300 to 400 early birds on hand at the Show Me Center for the beginning of the collectible car auction at 4 p.m. Friday. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event held by Smith's Auction Co...
GOP counters Obama's assault on Limbaugh (03/07/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's strategy of trying to elevate Rush Limbaugh to leader of the opposition has prompted a vigorous counterattack, with a key Republican senator saying the move is an "outrage" that "reeks of hypocrisy coming from a president who campaigned against these very cynical political tactics last fall."...
Blodgett woman killed in Thursday night Interstate 55 collision (03/07/09)
A Blodgett, Mo., woman was fatally struck by a car on Interstate 55 six miles south of Benton, Mo., Thursday evening. Melissa L. Loughary, 35, reportedly ran into the path of a 2004 Freightliner driven by Christopher G. Hopkins, 34, of St. Louis at around 11:10 p.m., according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports website. Loughary was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:11 a.m. Friday by Scott County Coroner Scott Amick...
Now the time to market area, Sikeston official says at economic forum (03/07/09)
Since the stock market slide began in earnest in 2008, investors have lost more than $12 trillion. Falling real estate prices since the beginning of 2007 have cost homeowners $3.5 trillion. Those figures, along with other statistics about the national economy, kicked off a discussion of the prospects for recovery and how business and government leaders should react to the recession Friday at Southeast Missouri State University...
Community leaders at First Friday Coffee tell of benefit of hiring ex-offenders (03/07/09)
Schnucks manager Dennis Marchi understands the contribution ex-offenders can make to a business. Since the grocery store in Cape Girardeau began hiring ex-offenders in the 1980s, Marchi has seen the positive effect the Missouri Re-entry Program has on the employees...
Join the Rush Limbaugh forum (03/07/09)
Cape Girardeau native and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has become a major newsmaker once again.If you have an opinion on Limbaugh that you'd like to share with other seMissourian.com readers, visit our Limbaugh forum and leave your comments.Click here to go to the forum...
State, local police to step up DWI enforcement this month (03/07/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, Jackson Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E region will conduct drunken-driving checks during March, the police agencies announced in news releases. The efforts are part of a statewide campaign. Cape Girardeau County and Jackson will concentrate their efforts Friday to March 15, a news release said. The highway patrol said checks would take place during March...
'Hairspray' delivers heavy message in a joyous way, cast member says (03/07/09)
Overcoming superficial biases and racial segregation seem like heavy themes for a musical, but "Hairspray," coming to the River Campus on Sunday, tries to do just that. In the touring Broadway musical, the big-boned, big-haired Tracy Turnblad dances her way onto a popular television show, then fights to desegregate the program and in turn teach Baltimore a little something about acceptance...
Two from Marble Hill sustain moderate injuries in Friday morning crash (03/07/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Marble Hill man and woman sustained moderate injuries in a single-car accident on Route B early Friday morning. The accident occurred five miles east of Marble Hill at around 1 a.m. as a 1999 Ford driven by Derek A. Hulvey, 19, of Marble Hill lost control in a curve, went off the right side of the roadway and overturned, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Ford was totaled...
Athlete to youths: 'Play it the right way' (03/07/09)
During the seven months William Moore spent at Girardot Center for Youth, he excelled at sports, staff members remember. Steve Shockley, who was assigned as Moore's personal advocate during the time the then 13-year-old spent in the program for at-risk youth, said they see many young men pass through Girardot Center who are extremely gifted athletes, but Moore's willingness to take advice and criticism set him apart...
New programs may help more high school students graduate (03/07/09)
In the face of falling graduation rates, the Cape Girardeau School District has increased efforts to help struggling students, including a performance tracking mechanism. While a number of intervention programs were already in place to help at-risk students, the district is working to create a uniform process of monitoring those programs districtwide, said Carla Fee, director of the Alternative Education Center. ...
States may abandon executions to cut costs (03/07/09)
After decades of moral arguments reaching biblical proportions, after long, twisted journeys to the nation's highest court and back, the death penalty may be abandoned by several states for a reason having nothing to do with right or wrong: Money. Turns out, it is cheaper to imprison killers for life than to execute them, according to a series of recent surveys. ...
Catholics occupying imperiled churches around the clock (03/07/09)
EVERETT, Mass. -- The thermometer inside St. Therese Church reads 36 degrees. A pail of water used for hand-washing has frozen under a sink that, like the heating system, hasn't worked in months. In the sanctuary, four women in coats, hats and gloves huddle as they pray the rosary, their breath visible in the cold...
Jobless rate heads toward double digits (03/07/09)
WASHINGTON -- More than 650,000 Americans lost jobs for a record third straight month in February as unemployment climbed to a quarter-century peak of 8.1 percent and surged toward double digits. The recession, well into its second year, has resulted in 4.4 million lost jobs. Some 12.5 million people are searching for work -- more than the population of Pennsylvania...
Kenyan death squads blamed for activists' deaths (03/07/09)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Activists Oscar Kamau Kingara and John Paul Oulu spent years demanding justice for thousands who they said disappeared at the hands of government death squads. On Thursday night the two men were shot dead on their way to meet with a senior member of Kenya's top human rights group. ...
Mexican border city braces for troop patrols (03/07/09)
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- The mayor of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez told residents Friday to prepare for a monthslong presence of army troops, but said the arrival of thousands of soldiers had already reduced killings by almost 90 percent...
Scott City completes its upset run in district final (03/07/09)
CHARLESTON -- When freshman Katie Hogan scored a basket during a third-quarter rally, the Scott City students erupted with the chant: "You can't stop her. You can't stop us." No team could stop the Rams, which began the Class 3 District 1 tournament seeded fifth, but knocked off three higher seeds to claim their first district title since 1996...
St. Vincent girls win in OT for third straight district title (03/07/09)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Vincent freshman Courtney Heberlie expected to have one of the best seats in the house for the Class 2 District 5 Basketball Tournament at Crossroads High School -- on the bench. Heberlie was a key player on an undefeated junior varsity team and was brought up to the varsity for the district tournament...
Redhawks wins two games in tournament (03/07/09)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team won both its games Friday at the All Missouri Cancer Tournament in Springfield. Southeast (6-4) defeated host Missouri State 4-1, then routed Missouri-Kansas City 10-3. Freshman Giana Zimmerman continued the impressive start to her Southeast career against Missouri State...
Redhawks handed tidy loss (03/07/09)
Southeast Missouri State received its best starting pitching performance of the season. The only problem for the Redhawks was the hurler in the other dugout. Northern Iowa senior left-hander Nick Kirk threw eight dominant innings in the visiting Panthers' 3-1 win Friday afternoon...
Area churches use controversial book 'The Shack' to reach community (03/07/09)
At first, the Rev. Scott Moon was skeptical of the best-selling novel "The Shack." But after his wife, Michele, urged him to read a copy of the book on a cross-country trip two months ago, he was so inspired by the themes presented by author William Paul Young he decided to offer a study based on the novel at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, where the couple serve as pastors...
Religion calendar 3/7/09 (03/07/09)
Calendar Missions conference Display booths, missionaries and a canned food drive highlight the Acts 1:8 Mission Conference at First Baptist Church. Featured speakers sharing what God is doing in missions around the world include John Vernon of the International Mission Board; Bill Jetton, Cape Girardeau Baptist Association director of missions; Randy Curless, Sports Crusaders; Mauricio Vargas of El Salvador; and Kim Roberts of the Southeast Missouri State University Baptist Student Union.. ...
Life tastes sweeter when we realize it's from God (03/07/09)
While many of us are constantly waiting for our real lives to begin, life is going on all around us. The dreams we had as children now seem to -- for the most part -- still be out there. Or perhaps to our unexpected joy, they are nowhere near. The book of Ecclesiastes was composed by a teacher. ...
Reading Jesus five by five (03/07/09)
"Base to Alpha One -- how do you read? Over." "Alpha One -- We read you five by five. Over." "Five by five" is one of those expressions without a definitive interpretation. In other words, it's not possible to give a consensus explanation for the phrase. ...
John Lueders (03/07/09)
John Joseph Lueders, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 6, 2009, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marshall Northcutt (03/07/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Marshall H. Northcutt, 90, of Sikeston died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 7, 1918, in Cerro Gordo, Tenn., son of Granville Hobart and Daisy Northcutt. He and Mabel Nimmo were married March 10, 1941. She died May 30, 2002...
Donald Crowder (03/07/09)
Donald J. Crowder, 80, of Jackson died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Ward (03/07/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Betty Joyce Ward, 75, of Marble Hill passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 22, 1933, in Charleston, Mo., daughter of George J. and Armentha Tyler Haws. She and William Henry Ward were married Nov. 11, 1951, in Jonesboro, Ark...
Melvin Sunderman (03/07/09)
Melvin J. Sunderman, 86, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009, at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield. He was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Mill Creek, Mo. He moved to Cape Girardeau at the age of 2. Mr. Sunderman went into the Air Force in 1941 and served in the European Theater until 1945...
Fire 3/7/09 (03/07/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n Emergency medical service on David Street. n At 5:59 p.m. a cover fire at 309 Country Club Drive. n At 6:23 p.m., an alarm at 648 Sylvan Lane. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Police report 3/7/09 (03/07/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs n Katherine S. Kersbergen, 20, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended and failure to drive on right half of roadway...
Out of the past 3/7/09 (03/07/09)
25 years ago: March 7, 1984 Cape Girardeau businessman Roger James Howell died yesterday at age 76; Howell had operated The Lemon Tree, a downtown gift shop, since 1967; he was a former real estate salesman and had been employed by Shell Oil Co. for 32 years...
Historic tax credits are threatened in Missouri Senate (03/07/09)
By Anne K. Suggs The Missouri Coalition for Historic Preservation and Economic Development would like to request your support in maintaining the Missouri historic tax credit in its original form. Although Missouri politics evolve by the minute and the position of the legislature may have changed even by the time this is published, I will give you a brief overview of the situation...
Is Rush Limbaugh GOP royalty? (03/07/09)
The Rush Rumble is growing. Political chatterers left and right were electric Tuesday over Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele's apology to Rush Limbaugh -- the third Republican leader in weeks to very publicly back away from a disagreement with the talk-show host...
Southeast symphony elegantly commemorates Lincoln's bicentennial (03/07/09)
The exceptional quality of the Lincoln bicentennial symphony performance Tuesday night at Southeast Missouri State University should not go unnoted. Ten minutes into the show, I realized that -- in addition to a fine orchestra -- I was experiencing a unique history lesson. ...
Government largesse (03/07/09)
Much of the domestic and sexual violence that occurs in a community could be prevented if bystanders would intervene. That is the at the heart of the green dot program, whose aim is to encourage everyone to overcome barriers that keep us from taking action to protect potential victims...
Speak Out 3/7/09 (03/07/09)
Family bailout THE prodigal son squandered his inheritance and he made bad choices, the Bible says. When he went home, it was his father who forgave him and set him right, not the government and not other taxpayers. That's the way it should be. Great American cars...
Prayer 3/7/09 (03/07/09)
For those who are dear to us but far away, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
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