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Dickey Nutt named new SEMO men's basketball coach (03/12/09)
Southeast Missouri State University officially announced the hiring of Dickey Nutt today as its men's basketball coach at an afternoon news conference. Nutt had already been reported by several sources to be the university's pick for the post.Nutt coached 13 seasons at Arkansas State with a 189-186 record before he resigned in 2008.Check back later for more on this story...
Defense requests change of judge in Bollinger County murder case (03/12/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A new judge will be appointed in the case of a Patton, Mo., teen charged with first-degree murder. John W. Wilfong, 17, was originally scheduled to appear Thursday in Bollinger County before Circuit Judge Benjamin F. Lewis, but public defender Amy Metzinger, Wilfong's attorney, requested a change of judge in the case last week...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/12/09)
The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks men's basketball team played this season under an interim head coach after the firing of Scott Edgar in the fall. But next year that shouldn't be the case, as the university has now hired a new head coach.The school made it official that Dickey Nutt is the new head coach, confirming what we reported yesterday on seMissourian.com. ...
MoDOT briefing on replacement of Little Muddy Creek bridge set for today in Patton (03/12/09)
PATTON, Mo — The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a community briefing today to discuss the Route B Little Muddy Creek bridge replacement in Bollinger County. The meeting is at 4 p.m. at MoDOT's maintenance shed on Highway 72 east of Highway 51 near Patton. ...
Two-vehicle accident briefly blocks traffic on I-55 in Cape Girardeau (03/12/09)
A two-vehicle accident blocked one lane of traffic on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau for about 20 minutes Wednesday morning. The accident occurred around 10:40 a.m. when a 2005 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by David K. Leimer, 52, of Jackson was merging onto the interstate on the northbound lane near mile marker 92, according to Sgt. ...
Cape Girardeau cement plant to expand rail yard, shipping capacity (03/12/09)
An expansion at Buzzi Unicem USA will allow more cement shipments by rail and provide additional storage tracks at a new rail yard near its plant in Cape Girardeau. The rail yard will have five half-mile-long storage tracks that can hold up to 50 cars each. Shipments by rail are expected to increase 25 to 30 percent once the project is complete. The company currently uses 25 railcars on two tracks...
Police plan crackdown on drunken driving this weekend in Scott City as part of state effort (03/12/09)
The Scott City Police Department announced Wednesday it will be cracking down on drunken driving Friday through Sunday as part of a statewide initiative, said Sgt. Wayne Hampton. Scott City will be stepping up patrol efforts to catch drunken drivers on those days and increasing the number of officers on the streets, Hampton said...
Pair of organizations sponsor dance Friday in Jackson (03/12/09)
A dance co-sponsored by Hi-Cot'N Dance Club and DanceVine will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at CrossRoads Fellowship Hall, 4400 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson. There is a cover charge. Drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase, or attendees can bring snacks. No glass bottles, alcohol or smoking are allowed in the building....
Cape Girardeau man arrested for alleged threats against two people, harassing phone calls (03/12/09)
A Cape Girardeau man was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor warrant for allegedly making threats to kill two people and placing harassing phone calls. Stan D. Stucker, 30, 620 Boxwood Drive, No. C, was placed in custody by police in Poplar Bluff, Mo., hours after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of harassment, said Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle...
Sources: Nutt to be named Southeast men's basketball coach (03/12/09)
Former Arkansas State University coach Dickey Nutt will take over the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program. Sources close to the situation said Wednesday that Nutt will be introduced as Southeast's new coach during today's scheduled 2 p.m. news conference at the Show Me Center...
Mo. House panel drops idea to cut college scholarships (03/12/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House budget writers backed off a plan to cut college scholarships Wednesday but did cut the state's computer services as they weighed priorities in Missouri's more than $22 billion proposed budget for next year. Majority party Republicans are proposing a range of cuts, including to public health and social services, that Democrats say could be avoided if Republicans were willing to spend more federal economic stimulus money...
Missouri Senate plan would cap tax breaks, create new ones (03/12/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After weeks of negotiation, senators unveiled a plan Wednesday that would rein in Missouri's tax credits while simultaneously creating new incentives for businesses. The plan is an overhaul of the job-creation bill backed by Gov. Jay Nixon and passed by the House...
Obama OKs $410 billion spending bill with earmarks (03/12/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama defended Congress' pet projects Wednesday as he signed an "imperfect" $410 billion measure with thousands of examples of earmarks. But he said the spending does need tighter restraint and listed guidelines to do it. Obama, accused of hypocrisy by Republicans for embracing billions of dollars of earmarks in the legislation, said they can be useful and noted he has promised to curb them, not eliminate them...
Sinatra song helps man win conch-blowing contest (03/12/09)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Playing a Frank Sinatra classic on a conch shell helped a bicycle tour operator take top honors in an unusual competition in Key West. Lloyd Mager impressed judges at the 47th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest on Saturday with portions of "Strangers in the Night," as well as the classic Hebrew folk song "Hava Nagilah" and "The Alley Cat Song."...
Gunman left list of those who he thought wronged him (03/12/09)
SAMSON, Ala. -- The gunman who killed 10 people and committed suicide in a rampage across the Alabama countryside had struggled to keep a job and left behind lists of employers and co-workers he believed had wronged him, authorities said Wednesday. The lists found in Michael McLendon's home included a metals plant that had forced him to resign years ago and where he killed himself Tuesday, ending the rampage, District Attorney Gary McAliley said. ...
Officials: Terror worries tied to Midwest Somalis (03/12/09)
WASHINGTON -- An expected merger between al-Qaida and an East African terror group that has recruited young Somali men from Minnesota could increase the danger to the U.S., counterterrorism officials told Congress on Wednesday. They said it will likely take time for the Somalia-based al-Shabab to extend its focus beyond its own country and mirror al-Qaida's jihadist views...
Filmmaker to use tiny camera in eye (03/12/09)
BRUSSELS -- A one-eyed documentary filmmaker is preparing to work with a video camera concealed inside a prosthetic eye, hoping to secretly record people for a project commenting on the global spread of surveillance cameras. Canadian Rob Spence's eye was damaged in a childhood shooting accident and it was removed three years ago. Now, he is in the final stages of developing a camera to turn the handicap into an advantage...
Teen kills 15, self at German school (03/12/09)
WINNENDEN, Germany -- A 17-year-old wielding a Beretta 9 mm pistol burst into classrooms at his former high school Wednesday and gunned down students -- some of whom died with their pencils still in hand -- in a rampage that ended with 15 dead before he took his own life, authorities said...
Canton storms past St. Vincent in sectional (03/12/09)
TROY -- After winning its third straight district title, the St. Vincent girls basketball team had hopes of breaking a two-year losing streak in the sectional round of the playoffs. Powerhouse Canton put a quick end to those thoughts. Canton took control from the outset and crushed the Indians 71-40 on Wednesday...
Schumaker commits fourth error at 2B (03/12/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals' second base experiment is far from a success well into spring training. Manager Tony La Russa said he's sticking with converted outfielder Skip Schumaker, who committed his fourth error Wednesday. But Schumaker will be the designated hitter today against Boston, giving him a chance to rest his legs and perhaps clear his head...
Venezuela beats U.S. (03/12/09)
TORONTO -- Henry Blanco homered and made a key throw in the ninth inning as Venezuela beat the United States 5-3 on Wednesday night to win Group C at the World Baseball Classic. Gregor Blanco added three hits for Venezuela, which avenged a 15-6 loss to the Americans on Sunday night. Both teams are headed to the second round of the tournament in Miami, where the U.S. will open against Group D winner Puerto Rico (3-0) on Saturday night...
Scott City hires May as football coach (03/12/09)
Jim May is heading home. Scott City recently hired May, a 1989 graduate of the high school, as its new football coach. May served as the Perryville football coach last season, when he led the Pirates to the Class 3 playoffs. "I'm excited about it," May said. "It's always nice to go home, I think. When I got into coaching, this is kind of where I wanted to be. It probably wasn't the greatest timing as far as Perryville's concerned, but it was a position I couldn't pass up."...
On to the quarters (03/12/09)
PARK HILLS -- Meadow Heights yielded 40 points to Bismarck junior guard Brooke Taylor during the Class 2 sectional Wednesday night, but Panthers coach Mitch Nanney could live with that. His team came out with a 74-70 victory and a spot in Saturday's quarterfinal round against Couch...
Rams fail to convert vs. Greenville (03/12/09)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Scott City junior Stephanie Essner forced a steal near midcourt and quickly dribbled toward the basket. But she missed the uncontested layup with about 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Greenville rebounded the ball and fired an outlet pass past the Scott City pressure defense. The pass went to Kaylin Becker, who was wide open near her basket. She scored the easy two points that gave the Bears an 11-point lead...
Dickey Nutt hired as SEMO men's basketball coach (03/12/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Dickey Nutt was hired as Southeast Missouri State's basketball coach Thursday, leaving Arkansas State for a school that went 3-27 and faces possible NCAA sanctions. Nutt is the brother of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt. He replaces Zac Roman, who had been the acting coach since Scott Edgar went on leave in the fall. Edgar was fired in December...
Sources: Nutt to be named Southeast basketball coach (03/12/09)
Former Arkansas State University coach Dickey Nutt will take over the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program. Sources close to the situation said Wednesday that Nutt will be introduced as Southeast's new coach during today's scheduled 2 p.m. news conference at the Show Me Center...
Area calendar (03/12/09)
Baseball n Cape youth league: The Cape Girardeau Noon Optimist Youth Baseball League will accept registrations by mail through Sunday. Registration forms may be obtained at any of the local public or private school offices as well as Nearly Perfect Shoes and Howard's Sporting Goods or online at www.capeyouthbaseball.com. The league is for players ages 5 to 15, with ages determined as of April 30, 2009. Info: Percy Huston, 278-6763...
Keeping the acorn to believe you can fly (03/12/09)
March 12, 2009 Dear Leslie, Watching the acrobatic artists in Cirque Eloize perform this week at the River Campus, I wondered if when asked as children what they wanted to do when they grow up, they said, "I want to fly." Most of the performers fly, either suspended inside a hoop or from long straps attached to the ceiling or bounding 20 or 30 feet above a hidden trampoline...
Review: 'Last House' a vile remake of Craven classic (03/12/09)
"The Last House on the Left" could be interpreted as the most vile, misogynistic "Just Say No" ad ever. Then again, you'd have to assume that this remake of the 1972 Wes Craven classic has a point, other than pure shock value. Craven's debut was by no means great art (even though it was inspired by Ingmar Bergman's Oscar-winning "The Virgin Spring"), but at least it had suspense, and in retrospect it's easy to see how its low-budget brutality influenced decades of horror filmmakers to come.. ...
'Watchmen' is more like a soap opera than an action movie (03/12/09)
When you spend $130 million to make a movie, and then another $60 million plus to promote it, one of two things must happen for the film to be considered a success: Everyone has to go see it, or a large majority have to go see it again and again and again...
Patrick Rafferty, a Southeast Missouri State University professor, performs classic guitar at River Campus (03/12/09)
Patrick Rafferty's guitar has a raw spot just below the strings because he's played it so much. Rafferty, who grew up in Jackson, earned a bachelor's degree in music from Southeast Missouri State University in 2004 and received his master's of music and his graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore...
Artifacts 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
Live CD recording in Jackson The Melroys will return to Jackson to record a live CD this month. The rockabilly band that originated in the Cape Girardeau area and moved to St. Louis will play two nights at Stooges in Jackson to get material for its first live CD to add to their two studio CDs. The band will be onstage March 20 and 21...
good bets 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
Live music Doug Rees Stooges regular joined by special guest and first-time soloist Kaleb Huggins. Where: Stooges, Jackson When: 7 to 10 p.m. today Live acoustic music Matt Murphy starts the weekend early. Where: Slingers...
Tyra Banks takes on issue of teen dating violence on her talk show (03/12/09)
NEW YORK -- In the wake of pop star Rihanna's alleged beating by singer boyfriend Chris Brown, Tyra Banks is devoting an episode of her talk show to the issue of teen dating abuse. It's a subject close to her heart. In the segment airing today on "The Tyra Banks Show," the model shares her experience dating a man who emotionally abused her...
Bank stocks carry Wall Street to second day of small gains (03/12/09)
NEW YORK -- Citigroup, its stock trading under $1 just a week ago, cleared $1.50. Other bank stocks rallied, too. The chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase said his bank, like Citi, made a profit for January and February. Wall Street, which managed to avoid losing ground immediately after a big rally for the first time all year, held its breath. Were the banks actually showing the beginnings of a turnaround?...
Debra Hendershott (03/12/09)
Debra Lynn "Debbie" Hendershott, 46, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at her home. She was born March 15, 1962, in Meridian, Miss., daughter of James and Maudie Lou Hart. She and Tim Hendershott were married Oct. 17, 1981. Survivors include her husband; her parents of Olive Branch, Ill.; two sons, Clint and Kirk Hendershott of Cape Girardeau County; a sister, Sandra Gibbons of Marion, Ill.; a brother, Brent Hart of Tamms, Ill.; and a grandson...
Annie Pehm (03/12/09)
BARDWELL, Ky. -- Annie Elizabeth Pehm, 57, of Bardwell died Monday, March 9, 2009, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. She is the daughter of Emmit and Inez Pearson Shaffner. Pehm was owner of Annie's Home Cooking 20 years. She was a member of Bardwell Ladies Auxiliary...
William Sills (03/12/09)
William Robert Sills, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 12, 1931, in Cairo, Ill., son of Walter and Margaret Watkins Sills. Sills served in the U.S. Army as a radio operator during the Korean War from May 5, 1950, to May 4, 1953...
Bobby Gunning (03/12/09)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Bobby Joe Gunning, 69, of Greenville, Ill., formerly of Tamms, died Monday, March 9, 2009, at Greenville Regional Health Care. He was born Dec. 24, 1939, in Tamms, son of Michael Walter and Melba Sims Gunning Sr. Survivors include two nephews, Michael Gunning of Cape Girardeau, Mark Gunning of Texas; two nieces, Joyce Ann Monk of Newburgh, Ind., Cheryl Gunning of New Orleans; and a sister-in-law, Delores Gunning of Metarie, La...
Gladys Enderle (03/12/09)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Gladys Anna Enderle, 74, of Rockview died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 4, 1934, in Glennon, Mo., daughter of Anthony John and Rosella Mary Horrell Koenig. She and Elmer P. Enderle were married Oct. 22, 1955...
Verlin Uthoff (03/12/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Verlin Bryant "Tuck" Uthoff, 87, of Charleston died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Sept. 6, 1921, in Mississippi County, Mo., son of Fred Andrew and Ava Hinton Uthoff. He and Dorothy Marie Telker were married April 27, 1944. She died Dec. 24, 2004...
James Adamick (03/12/09)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- James Michael Adamick, 53, of Mounds, formerly of Collinsville, Ill., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at his home. He was born Aug. 10, 1955, in Granite City, Ill., son of Raymond and Marie Kravec Adamick. He married Janice Thompson. Adamick was a union ironworker and recently worked for Southern Seven...
Carolyn Staggs (03/12/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Carolyn Janet Staggs, the daughter of Odis and Evelyn Cooper Wiseman, was born in Sturdivant, Mo., April 21, 1944. She lost her valiant battle to pancreatic cancer at her home Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the age of 64 years. She was always a strong willed person and fought hard to the very end...
Births 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
Class Daughter to Joe M. and Staci S. Class of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:21 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2009. Name, Isabella Grace. Weight, 8 pounds. Fifth child, first daughter. Mrs. Class is the former Staci Stevens, daughter of Bob and Betty Stevens of Cape Girardeau. She is an administrative assistant at Southeast Missouri State University. Class is the son of Joe and Lori Class of Huntington Beach, Calif. He is a customer service representative with AT&T...
Fire report 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 6:44 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Hanover Street. n At 9:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of North Kingshighway. Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Police report 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n David D. Hull, 48, of Thebes, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, following too close and no insurance...
Out of the past 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
25 years ago: March 12, 1984 A former head of security at Southeast Missouri State University, James Gregory of Jackson, becomes the third Republican to file for Cape Girardeau County sheriff. A not-for-profit corporation, the Chateau Girardeau Foundation, has been established to help the retirement complex with capital improvements and operational activities, as well as assisting in the care and maintenance of destitute residents and patients...
Correction 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
A story in Wednesday's newspaper should have said a former Superfund site that was once Kem-Pest Laboratories is east of Highway 177 and north of County Road 654. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error....
Weekend music options: Laid back at Mississippi Mud House, metal mania at Arena Building (03/12/09)
Welcome to our new home. We're settling in nicely and getting comfortable. We hope you enjoy it. I want to expand on at least two concerts this weekend we didn't have room to explain. First, Beth Kille with Dale Haskell on Friday at the Mississippi Mud House...
Cape school facilities planning needs public input (03/12/09)
The Cape Girardeau School District has been holding public forums to gather information from the community regarding the district's facility needs. The district's assessment process has included a review of needs for classrooms and other facilities by administrators, teachers and board members...
Down a slippery stem-cell path (03/12/09)
President Obama on Monday cleared the way for a significant increase in federal dollars for embryonic stem-cell research and promised no scientific data will be "distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda." While the group in the East Room of the White House may have been celebrating, conservatives found this decision abhorrent and grieved for the lost children. ...
Habitat building key relationship (03/12/09)
Thank you for the latest editorial support for our bold new Habitat for Humanity project, Build Southeast. We are on schedule to bring the house down Broadway on its journey to 1640 N. Main St., on March 21. It should be quite a sight. We can't grow unless we develop deeper and broader volunteer resources to match our resource development and our backlog of Habitat partner families, We have 12 approved families waiting for houses. ...
Speak Out 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
Tagging clothing CONSIGNMENT clothing stores are a great help in this recession. I have purchased many items in the past year and appreciate the service. However, would it be too much to ask that tags be placed in the clothing tags so that when the clerk is removing them they do not tear a hole in the garment that the buyer may not notice until after laundering? Even a small hole is unsightly and almost always renders the garment unwearable. Many thanks...
Prayer 3/12/09 (03/12/09)
When we are happy, O God, we give thanks to you for every reason to laugh. Amen.
Guard's 1140th to help build roads, schools in Dominican Republic (03/12/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo -- The Missouri National Guard is about to embark on a monthlong mission to help build roads, schools, medical clinics and other much-needed infrastructure in the Dominican Republic. The 1140th Engineer Battalion's Headquarters Company, based in Cape Girardeau, will be working in the Dominican Republic as part of its Annual Training for two, two-week rotations, said Capt. Scot Ratcliff, administrative officer for the unit...
Help Bash Trash at Cape LaCroix Creek (03/12/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- What do a stove top, a DVD player and a car door have in common? They were all pulled out of the Cape LaCroix Creek during last year's Bashin' Trash event organized by the Missouri Department of Conservation in Cape Girardeau. The organizer of the event, Sara Turner, said she can't wait to see what the group will find this year because the trash pollutes waterways and affects aquatic wildlife...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (03/12/09)
Shadow is a 2 year-old Black Lab mix. She is housebroken. Shadow is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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