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Warning sirens to be tested Tuesday in Cape Girardeau County (03/09/09)
Tornado Awareness Day in Missouri is Tuesday. Public safety officials will test sirens and other severe weather response plans starting at 1:30 p.m. Dick Knaup, Cape Girardeau County emergency management director, said he hopes everyone will use the statewide test as a time to check what they need to do in an emergency. ...
Nixon visits Cape Girardeau to talk about health care for the poor (03/09/09)
Hospitals will help fund an expansion of Missouri's Medicaid program to provide health care coverage to 34,500 low-income adults, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today in Cape Girardeau. During a visit to Cross Trails Medical Center, Nixon was accompanied by Marc Smith, president of Missouri Hospital Association as he detailed how hospitals would provide the mechanism to draw $93 million in new federal funding to pay for the expansion. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/09/09)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor Morley Swingle announced today that he's filed charges against a Jackson mother who was driving a minivan in a fatal crash that killed her daughter on Feb. 2.Swingle charged Victoria Dacus with several misdemeanors, including speeding and not having her 7-year-old daughter Haley buckled up at the time of the crash. ...
Prosecutor charges driver in Highway 74 wreck (03/09/09)
Cape Giradeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle announced today that he has charged the driver in a Feb. 2 wreck that killed a 7-year-old Jackson girl.Victoria L. Dacus, 28, was charged with speeding and failing to secure herself, 7-year-old Haley Dacus and Haley's siblings with a seatbelt. ...
Company president: Stimulus dollars could double Big River Telephone staff (03/09/09)
Big River Telephone Co. could double the size of its staff and expand its broadband services in an eight-county region if the company receives funding from the $7.2 billion broadband expansion act. Company president Kevin Cantwell said the Cape Girardeau-based telephone service provider plans to apply for some of the available funds that will come in the form of grants and loans. While he wouldn't disclose the amount the company will apply for, he said it would be "substantial."...
Officials investigate incident between Kelly bus driver, student (03/09/09)
A Kelly Schools bus driver is on leave while officials investigate an altercation on a school bus Friday after school, according to school resource officer Lee Dodd. He said students were allegedly involved in an altercation with the bus driver, but he did not release details...
Small fire breaks out at Nordenia building, extinguished by employees (03/09/09)
A small fire broke out in the laminating area in one of the Nordenia buildings Sunday evening. East County Fire Protection District chief Dwayne Kirchhoff said the fire was quickly contained and put out by workers. "While we were en route, they contacted us and said it was out. We responded in a non-emergency way, just to make sure everything was safe," he said. "It was basically like a flue fire."...
Students to present variety of experiments at regional science fair despite ice storm problems (03/09/09)
For Christen Siebert, the time away from school during the ice storm was bittersweet. While she and her classmates got an unexpected vacation from school, the science fair project she kept there was put on hold by the severe weather. "We put in all this effort and the ice storm came," said Siebert, a seventh-grade student at St. Vincent de Paul School...
'Another lifetime': Thebes, Ill., resident recalls childhood spent as prisoner of war (03/09/09)
THEBES, Ill. Kathe Hale, 67, sees her childhood as a puzzle. After being swept away from her home in Germany and taken prisoner by Soviet troops when she was 2 years old, Hale said the pieces she remembers seem like another lifetime. But her puzzle-piece memories fit together to form a picture that is far from perfect...
Production of 'Hairspray' makes stop at Southeast Missouri State University River Campus (03/09/09)
A traveling production of the musical comedy "Hairspray" came to Cape Girardeau on Sunday, drawing hundreds to an afternoon performance in the Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus despite the stormy weather...
New Madrid adjusts budget as a result of ice storm expenses (03/09/09)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- January's ice storm not only took a toll on New Madrid itself but also its budget. In a special council meeting Thursday evening, the New Madrid board of aldermen revised the 2009 general fund budget by $500,000 and the Municipal Light and Power's budget by $1 million to reflect costs incurred as a result of the January storm which devastated much of Southeast Missouri...
Possible tornado strikes in Leopold, damages two buildings (03/09/09)
LEOPOLD, Mo -- Pat Peters was just starting to talk about reviving the Monday music and dancing in her late husband's backyard shop. Sunday's tornado ruined those plans, but there is a bright side, said her daughter, Cindy Jansen, of Leopold. "But we're all happy and safe sand no one got hurt," Jansen said. "Nothing bad happened, except to the buildings. We're very blessed and we have a great community."...
Missouri Guard retires its last flying UH-1 chopper (03/09/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri Air National Guard has retired its last UH-1 "Huey" helicopter with a ceremony at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. Maj. Joshua Hudgens and Col. Gary Herchenroeder were the last pilots of the last Huey operated by the Guard in a flight Saturday. The 35-year-old aircraft had one last flight over Springfield, taking off and landing in winds reaching 40 mph...
Readiness of some rebuilt levees along Mississippi doubted (03/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- With the prospect of another season of spring flooding fast approaching, the Army Corps of Engineers insists the earthen flood levees outmatched by the Mississippi River last summer are rebuilt and ready. Not everyone's so sure. It was nearly nine months ago that floodwaters neared and, in some cases, obliterated record levels reached in the Great Flood of 1993, something many Midwesterners figured they'd never see again. ...
Tussle over GOP leadership, party's future path (03/09/09)
NEW YORK -- Rush Limbaugh has been Topic A in the political world, with Republicans debating his influence on their party and Democrats trying to elevate the conservative radio host to the GOP's de facto spokesman. The skirmish has cast a bright light on the GOP and its search for leadership in the Obama era. But the personality-driven diversion has deflected attention from the deeper problems the party faces...
Pa. liquor board tries to improve workers' manners (03/09/09)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania liquor store clerks need to be more bubbly when they're selling Champagne. The state's Liquor Control Board is spending more than $173,000 to try to make workers friendlier and more well-mannered at the nearly 650 stores it operates. The board says it wants to make sure clerks are saying "hello," "thank you" and "come again" to customers shopping for wine and spirits...
Connecticut man is cited for owning an endangered ape (03/09/09)
STAMFORD, Conn. — A man already accused of keeping a collection of wild animals including a river otter and a two-toed sloth has been cited for owning an endangered ape. Pierce Onthank, the president of an oil and gas company, is charged with illegal possession of a primate for keeping a siamang, a type of gibbon native to Malaysia and Indonesia and can weigh up to 30 pounds and stand 3 feet high...
Budget chief asks for time for stimulus to work (03/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- The White House budget chief says he is giving the stimulus plan time to work before looking at revising predictions for the economy's future. Peter Orszag says officials shouldn't be constantly changing their approach to dealing with the troubled economy based on every new report. That, he says, would be like chasing your tail...
Obama to reverse Bush-era stem cell policy (03/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's announcement today that he is overturning his predecessor's policies toward embryonic stem cells also will include a broad declaration that science -- not political ideology -- would guide his administration. Obama planned to reverse former president George W. ...
Teachers pair up for Wednesday night space shot (03/09/09)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Two science teachers who have spent the past five years under NASA's tutelage are about to graduate with high-flying honors. The space shuttle flight Wednesday night of Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold II will mark the first time two one-time teachers have rocketed into space together. And during the two-week construction mission to the international space station, both will attempt multiple spacewalks...
Recession finds even those with jobs losing pay (03/09/09)
In cubicles, factories and stores these days, anxious workers are trying to ease each other's economic fears with something akin to, "Well, at least we still have a job." Yet for many, that's becoming small comfort as more employers cut hours or hire only part-timers. People paid on commission, meanwhile, are suffering as sales dry up. And state workers around the country have been put on unpaid leaves...
More Americans say they have no religion (03/09/09)
A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all...
Sudan's leader warns foreigners in Darfur (03/09/09)
EL FASHER, Sudan -- Sudan's president threatened to kick out more aid groups and expel diplomats and peacekeepers on Sunday during his first trip to Darfur after an international court issued an arrest warrant against him for war crimes there. Sudan has already expelled 13 of the largest aid groups operating in Darfur as part of its response to the International Criminal Court's decision last week to indict him. Sudan has accused them of cooperating with the Netherlands-based ICC...
China clamps down ahead of key Tibetan anniversary (03/09/09)
DAOFU, China -- Military convoys rumble along winding mountain roads, the Internet has been cut in potential trouble spots and motorists must run a gantlet of inspection checkpoints as Beijing mounts a show of force in Tibetan areas to prevent a repeat of uprisings against Chinese rule...
U.S.: 12,000 troops to leave Iraq by September (03/09/09)
BAGHDAD -- About 12,000 U.S. soldiers will leave Iraq by September, officials said Sunday, hours after a Baghdad suicide bomber killed about 30 people in a reminder of the nation's still-shaky security. The withdrawals, which will most likely come from Baghdad and Anbar province, once main battlefields of the war, are the first step in keeping with President Obama's pledge to end America's role in the war...
Pope plans to visit Holy Land in May (03/09/09)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday he would visit the Holy Land from May 8 to 15 in the first papal trip to the area since 2000. The visit would be the second official trip by a pope to Israel. Announcing the dates of the long-planned pilgrimage, the pope said he would go to sites Jesus visited and would pray for "the precious gift of unity and peace for the Middle East and all of humanity."...
Police release name of suspect arrested in Saturday stabbing (03/09/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — The name of one of the suspects arrested in connection with an early Saturday morning stabbing in Sikeston has been released. Police said Karlos R. Draper, 42, was one of two arrested in the incident. As of press time, he remained in custody at the Scott County Jail...
Eagles give Redhawks hope of turnaround (03/09/09)
Southeast Missouri State will be hiring a new men's basketball coach in the next few weeks. For Southeast fans who fear going from worst to first in a short time is only a pipe dream, look no further than Morehead State for inspiration. Donnie Tyndall took over one of the nation's worst teams in the 2006-07 season. ...
Hansbrough helps beat Duke in Chapel Hill farewell (03/09/09)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tyler Hansbrough walked off the court after his final home game at North Carolina celebrating another Atlantic Coast Conference championship and another win against the Tar Heels' fiercest rival. And once again, Ty Lawson had a lot to do with that...
Redhawks settle for split of weekend series with Northern Iowa (03/09/09)
Southeast Missouri State and Northern Iowa started Sunday's series finale about 90 minutes late after a storm hit Cape Girardeau. The Redhawks probably wish the contest had been washed out completely. UNI, after being swept in Saturday's doubleheader, bounced back with an 11-5 victory to salvage a split of the four-game set...
Big 12's best: OU's Griffin (03/09/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Blake Griffin, Oklahoma's record-smashing sophomore, is a unanimous choice for the Associated Press Big 12 player of the year for 2008-09. Bill Self of Kansas, who lost every starter from last year's NCAA championship team but still molded the young Jayhawks into regular-season champions, outpolled Missouri's Mike Anderson for Big 12 coach of the year...
Kurt Busch follows his brother to Victory Lane (03/09/09)
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The other Busch showed his kid brother a thing or two. Kurt Busch, a former NASCAR Cup champion who's been overshadowed lately by his sibling Kyle, drove to a dominating victory Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 30-year-old Busch led 234 of 330 laps in the Kobalt Tools 500, surviving a couple of scrapes with the wall and a late caution to pull away for a 0.332-second victory over Jeff Gordon...
Cards get an ugly one out of system (03/09/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals played the field like Florida has all spring, while the Marlins finally played a game without booting a ball. Florida scored five unearned runs off six errors by St. Louis, Ricky Nolasco breezed through four innings and the Marlins beat the Cardinals 9-8 on Sunday...
A-Rod to have hip surgery (03/09/09)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez will have arthroscopic hip surgery today and is expected to miss six to nine weeks. The Yankees slugger will need further surgery after the season. The diagnosis by Dr. Marc Philippon on Sunday was yet another jolt to Rodriguez during a tumultuous month in which the three-time AL MVP admitted using steroids from 2001-03 while with Texas...
South Korean Yang collects first victory (03/09/09)
Y.E. Yang has his first PGA Tour win, closing out a one-shot victory Sunday over John Rollins at the Honda Classic. The Korean took command with three straight birdies on the front side and wouldn't fold, picking up a two-year exemption and a check for $1,008,000. With the win in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., he qualified for next week's CA Championship at Doral, plus earned an invitation to next month's Masters...
Crew of 'Cirque Eloize' begins set up at River Campus (03/09/09)
The technical crew of "Cirque Eloize: Nebbia" drove its 18-wheel semi truck into Cape Girardeau this morning and immediately started rolling crates and props onto the Bedell Performance Hall stage in order to get the stage set for the European circus...
NBC gets suggestions of good news (03/09/09)
NEW YORK -- Between the drumbeat of bad economic stories, two wars and a winter that won't quit, Brian Williams knows he's been anchoring a depressing "Nightly News." Still, he was surprised at the thousands of responses he has received in less than two days after asking viewers to suggest some good news to report...
People on the move 3/9/09 (03/09/09)
Modern Woodmen announces agent, rookie of the year awards Modern Woodmen of America Fraternal Financial announced financial representatives in Missouri's East Region who made recent accomplishments. Ken Volkerding of Jackson was named agent of the year in the east agency for 2008. Bob Houchins of Jackson was named the company's rookie of the year in the east agency for 2008 as well as representative of the month and new member leader for the month of February. ...
Rust Communications acquires two Monett, Mo., publications (03/09/09)
Rust Communications has acquired The Monett Times and the Monett Shopper in Monett, Mo., from Cleveland Newspapers Inc. based in Cleveland, Tenn. The timing to sell the two publications was right, said Lee Walls Jr., president and chief executive officer of Walls Newspapers, the parent company of Cleveland Newspapers...
After 60 years, Circuit City powers down (03/09/09)
RICHMOND, Va. -- What began 60 years ago as a humble television store in this Southern capital ended Sunday as Circuit City closed its doors for good -- its 567 remaining U.S. stores to be left clean and vacant. For the last month and a half, a group of four liquidators have conducted going-out-of-business sales for what was the nation's second-largest consumer electronics retailer, selling its remaining $1.7 billion worth of inventory weeks sooner than expected...
Cooking out with David Knight, Ole Hickory Pits, 333 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau (03/09/09)
Barbecue is popular in this country, about as American as baseball, rock and roll and apple pie. Particular areas have their own style of barbecue, such as the Carolinas, St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis or Texas. Business reporter Brian Blackwell recently sat down with David Knight, president and founder of Ole Hickory Pits. ...
Frank Zimmerman (03/09/09)
Frank A. Zimmerman, 65, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at his home in Scott City. He was born Jan. 8, 1944, at Stone Park, Ill., son of Sam and Rose Winchell Zimmerman. He and Patricia Cliff were married July 16, 1994. Zimmerman was a retired engineer for Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Chaffee, Mo...
Lynn L. Hey (03/09/09)
Lynn L. Hey, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 2, 1918, in Dearing, Kan., son of Roy and Ethel B. (Blanchett) Hey. He and Edna C. Chaney were married Oct. 22, 1938, in Nowata, Okla...
Mary Ann Griffith (03/09/09)
Mary Griffith Mary Ann Griffith, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Nov. 14, 1942, in New Madrid, Mo., daughter of Ezra and Rosa Smith Jenkins. She and Dale Griffith were married Jan. 7, 1966, in Jackson...
William Delbert Cast (03/09/09)
ANNA, Ill. — William Delbert "D.D." Cast, 67, of Cobden, Ill., died Friday, March 6, 2009, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born Dec. 21, 1941, in Cobden, son of Earl Delbert and Fannie O'Daniel Cast. He and Betty Delores Williams were married Feb. 13, 1962, in Anna...
Charles Smithey Jr. (03/09/09)
JONESBORO, Ill. — Charles "Joe" Smithey Jr., 82, of Jonesboro died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 20, 1926, in McClure, Ill., son of Joseph Adam and Stella Durham. He and Dorothy Ivey were married March 8, 1946, in Marietta, Ga.; she died Sept. 21, 1990. He then married Gladys Hickam Cavaness in Jonesboro on Nov. 30, 1991. They shared 17 years of marriage...
Fire report 3/9/09 (03/09/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: n At 10:45 p.m., motor vehicle accident in the unit block of South Main Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 12:12 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street...
Out of the past 3/9/09 (03/09/09)
25 years ago: March 9, 1984 Cape Girardeau city officials are investigating whether "fowl" play caused the death of six ducks and three pigeons at Capaha Park lagoon; city health officer Lanny Smith says an owl may be the culprit. About 4,000 area educators gather for the 108th program of the Southeast Missouri District Teachers Association meeting; the keynote speaker is Indiana educator Dr. Dean F. Berkley...
Section of North Kingshighway sees flurry of activity (03/09/09)
With all the gloom and doom reported about businesses closing and laying off workers, one area on North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau seems to be bucking the trend. Broker Sandy Helwege of Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty e-mailed me recently with some interesting news about several of her properties between Casa Mexicana and Sonic...
Old Town Cape recognizes the efforts of its volunteers (03/09/09)
When Old Town Cape was organized in 1999, its aim was to focus attention on Cape Girardeau's historic downtown in ways that would improve and revive the area. Nearly a decade later, the group points to the popular Tunes at Twilight series, significant grants, renovation of buildings and thousands of hours of volunteer service as examples of the input it has had...
Speak Out 3/9/09 (03/09/09)
Government control FOR those who want a national health-care system set up and overseen by the government, do some research. Look at other systems in which the federal government has decided to override states' control and run things. Our education system is a great example. Consider the result. Is that what you want for your health care? If so, carry on. If not, don't let it happen...
Prayer 3/9/09 (03/09/09)
Show us the way, O God,d to justice and peace at home and abroad. Amen.
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