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I-55 reduced to one lane near Highway 57 (03/18/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane while the Missouri Department of Transportation during routine bridge repairs. The bridge is at the intersection of Highways 55 and 57. Weather permitting, the work will be done 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday...
Southeast Missouri communities among those to participate in Green Sales Tax Holiday (03/18/09)
Consumers in a handful of Southeast Missouri cities will have an opportunity to go green and save money at the same time next month during the first Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday. The state's 4.225 percent sales tax will be eliminated from April 19 to 25 on certain energy-efficient home appliances. Nine counties, 57 cities and eight special districts have opted to suspend taxes in their jurisdictions, which could mean savings of up to 8 percent...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/18/09)
Today marks one year since the beginning of the massive rain that led to major flash flooding around Southeast Missouri, but particularly in the Diversion Channel area.Today we had a story looking at how things are going in Dutchtown on the flood's anniversary. ...
Herrin, Ill.-based fox hunting club turns to coyotes for twice-weekly hunts (03/18/09)
Riders in the Shawnee Hounds mounted English fox hunting club have had more than a decade of successful hunts on Southern Illinois farmland without ever seeing a fox. The hunt club, founded in 1982, began hunting coyotes once they realized the predators were running most of the foxes from the area, said Tom Herbert of Cape Girardeau...
One year after Dutchtown was flooded, residents unsure about how to protect it in future (03/18/09)
Life became a little more normal in Dutchtown this week as Smith Stop reopened Sunday, just three days short of a year since record-setting rains sent floodwaters swirling through the Cape Girardeau County village. But the future of Dutchtown remains uncertain. Townspeople are no closer to paying their share on a levee that would protect the town in most major floods and federal rules may stymie their efforts to give themselves a more modest level of protection...
Cape Girardeau Habitat for Humanity leaders plan to split new home during Tuesday move (03/18/09)
Habitat for Humanity leaders are upbeat about plans to split a 1,240-square-foot home into two parts Tuesday morning and move it from a parking lot at 920 Broadway to its permanent location at 1640 N. Main St. "The police and city have been very helpful," said Lowell Peterson, executive director of Cape Area Habitat for Humanity. "Exactly how long it takes is unclear at this time...
Scott County Sheriff's Office implements iris recognition software used to track people (03/18/09)
The Scott County Sheriff's Office introduced the first use of biometric technology Tuesday for the purpose of identifying missing persons and keeping track of inmates and registered sex offenders, said Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. The two systems, called "The Child Project" and "Senior Safety Net," use iris recognition software to enroll children and senior citizens to make identification easier if they become lost...
Road repairs to begin Thursday in Cape (03/18/09)
The Cape Girardeau Department of Public Works on Thursday will begin repairing Perry and Perryville roads from Broadway to Lexington Avenue. The work includes concrete slab replacement and repairs. Motorists can expect lane closures, detours and delays. Work will begin at Lexington Avenue and Perryville Road and move south. The city estimates that work will be completed by April 30...
U.S. 61 reduced today for maintenance (03/18/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- U.S. 61 will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for routine bridge maintenance. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will work on the bridge one mile north of Route KK at Old Appleton. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, call MoDOT's customer service center at 1-888-275-6636...
Dexter woman arrested for alleged assault with vehicle (03/18/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — A 26-year-old Dexter, Mo., woman was being held at the Stoddard County Jail in Bloomfield in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond after her arrest for assault and armed criminal action. Elizabeth Ann Evans was charged following an incident that allegedly took place March 4 near Dexter's downtown business district...
Federal and state emergency agencies encourage purchase of flood insurance (03/18/09)
The Mississippi River crested Tuesday one foot above the flood stage at Cape Girardeau, a level that puts water on a few farm fields but causes no major disruptions. In 2008, the river crested above flood stage seven times, including five times when the downtown flood gates were closed and railroad traffic through the city was suspended...
IRS offers tax help Saturday in Cape (03/18/09)
The Internal Revenue Service is offering free tax help Saturday at its Cape Girardeau offices, 137 S. Broadview St. Anyone with an income of $42,000 or less can have their federal tax returns prepared at no cost, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced. The offices will be open from 9 a.m. ...
Have you participated in a school prank? (03/18/09)
Rivalries and senior pranks sometimes lead to lighthearted and entertaining acts that often do not get mention beyond school folklore. If you have participated in any of these stunts in the past, the Southeast Missourian wants to hear your stories in celebration of April Fools’ Day. Contact Alaina Busch at abusch@semissourian.com or by calling (573) 388-3627....
Bernie couple sentenced to prison on meth charges (03/18/09)
A Bernie, Mo., couple was sentenced to federal prison Monday on methamphetamine-related charges. Nelson Lamon Hickman, 38, and Bobbie Jane Hickman, 32, were sentenced on one count of conspiracy to possess chemicals knowing they would be used to manufacture methamphetamine by U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel in Cape Girardeau, according to the Federal prosecutor's office...
Butler County deputy credited with foiling alleged kidnapping attempt (03/18/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — An alert Butler County deputy sheriff interrupted the alleged attempted abduction of a 15-year-old girl at 7 p.m. Sunday, according to Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs. "Deputy James Skinner was in the right place at the right time," Dobbs said Monday...
Title: Accomplishments-quantified or not-play vital role (03/18/09)
Content: Dear Sam: Thanks for your helpful, practical insights about résumés and job hunting. Would you please address the matter of quantifiers? Certainly it is valuable if one can present documented value by quantifying achievements (such as growth in sales or reduction in expenses), but what about those of us who don't have that kind of achievement to document? Perhaps you could identify quantifiable events we haven't thought of or alternatives if our work doesn't produce documented metrics. ...
Missouri seeks to capitalize on All-Star game for tourism purposes (03/18/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday he is dedicating state tourism dollars to promote the St. Louis region and Missouri as a national tourism destination, capitalizing on the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis. During a stop Tuesday in Branson, Nixon announced the release of an additional $1 million in advertising funds to help jump-start the 2009 tourism season...
Ill. man, 96, dies after leaf-burning accident (03/18/09)
COTTAGE HILLS, Ill. (AP) -- A 96-year-old southwestern Illinois man is dead after neighbors say his clothing caught fire while burning leaves. William Jackson of Cottage Hills near Alton died Tuesday at a hospital, roughly 10 hours after the accident Monday at his home...
Prisoner makes daring escape (03/18/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An inmate complaining of chest pains makes a daring escape from authorities from a hospital in St. Charles. Lincoln County spokesman Andy Binder says 24-year-old David Rocklage was being transported to jail in Lincoln County when he complained of chest pains on Monday. He was taken to a St. Charles hospital to be checked out...
Lead feared in children's books printed before 1986 (03/18/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Could a vintage, dog-eared copy of "The Cat in the Hat" or "Where the Wild Things Are" be hazardous to your children? The Consumer Product Safety Commission has raised that possibility in urging the nation's libraries to take children's books printed before 1986 off their shelves while the federal agency investigates whether the ink contains unsafe levels of lead...
AIG bonuses won't stand one way or another, Democrats say (03/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- Talking tough, Democrats confronted insurance giant AIG with an ultimatum Tuesday: Give back $165 million in post-bailout bonuses or watch Congress tax it away with emergency legislation. Republicans said the Democrats weren't blameless, accusing them of standing by while the bonus deal was cemented and suggesting that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner could and should have done more. ...
Researchers find study aid used by some students may be habit-forming (03/18/09)
CHICAGO -- A drug popular with young people as a study aid may carry more of an addiction risk than thought, a small government study suggests. Scans of 10 healthy men showed that the prescription drug Provigil caused changes in the brain's pleasure center, much like potentially habit-forming stimulants. Modafinil, the drug's generic name, is sometimes used as an illegal study aid by college students...
Obama lauds Irish, U.S. ties (03/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- Call him Barack O'Bama. As White House fountains ran green for St. Patrick's Day, the president saluted strong U.S.-Irish ties in a warm welcome for Ireland's leaders and turned to a critical campaign backer, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, to fill the post of U.S. ambassador to Ireland...
Rebels free last known foreigner held (03/18/09)
BOGOTA -- Colombian rebels have freed their last known foreign hostage, an 69-year-old Swede. The head of the DAS state security agency said guerrillas handed over Roland Larsson to detectives Tuesday. Larsson was kidnapped in May 2007. The official, Felipe Munoz, says Larsson was suffering paralysis and that various Swedish nongovernment organizations had sought his freedom...
Pope: Condoms won't solve AIDS (03/18/09)
YAOUNDE, Cameroon -- Pope Benedict XVI said condoms are not the answer to the AIDS epidemic in Africa and can make the problem worse, setting off criticism Tuesday as he began a weeklong trip to the continent where some 22 million people are living with HIV...
Incest father confronted by daughter in videotape (03/18/09)
ST. POELTEN, Austria -- The woman who bore seven children through incest and was allegedly locked in a dungeon for 24 years confronted her father Tuesday in a videotape shown in court -- testimony that could send him to prison for life. Josef Fritzl, 73, has been charged with murder, enslavement, incest and rape...
Williams grows into starting role with Braves (03/18/09)
MORLEY -- Desmin Williams anticipates chills when he hears his name announced in the starting lineup for Thursday's Class 1 boys basketball state semifinal. Williams is the lone Scott County Central starter who did not play significant minutes last season...
Bears use big inning to rout Redhawks (03/18/09)
One huge inning was all it took for Missouri State University to rout visiting Southeast Missouri State. The Bears exploded for 11 third-inning runs Tuesday night on their way to a 13-2 romp in Springfield, Mo. MSU, the preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite, improved to 7-10. Southeast fell to 10-7...
Pitt's hopes hinge on Blair's foul mood (03/18/09)
PITTSBURGH -- There's nothing small about Pitt's massive DeJuan Blair, whose hard-to-move body and uncanny ability to track down offensive rebounds make him one of the nation's toughest players to defend. Blair is undersized for a major college center at 6 foot 7, but makes up for his lack of height with exceptional instincts, the wingspan of a corporate jet and 250-plus pounds of muscular bulk. He is easily the nation's best offensive rebounder...
Bring on Louisville (03/18/09)
By JOE KAY The Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio -- Morehead State didn't need a Chief on the boards to get its first NCAA victory in 25 years. Center Kenneth Faried got the better of his bigger and more syllabic counterpart Tuesday night, and the Eagles never trailed during a 58-43 victory over Alabama State that opened the NCAA tournament and ended a quarter-century of futility for Morehead State...
Area briefs (03/18/09)
Hale captures tennis title Rob Hale won the men's open singles title at the St. Patrick's Day tennis tournament at Class Act Family Fitness Center. Hale defeated Bill Bradley 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Emilie Miederhoff swept Terri Popp 6-2, 6-0 in the women's final...
Brodeur sets wins record (03/18/09)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur stands alone among NHL goaltenders. Brodeur posted his 552nd win and passed childhood idol and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for the most career victories in league history. He made 30 saves in the New Jersey Devils' 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night...
Complete makeover (03/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Only one holdover remains from the St. Louis Rams' Super Bowl heyday entering the start of offseason conditioning. Not that players seem overly torn up about it. Perhaps that's because they're preoccupied with learning new coach Steve Spagnuolo's system. Quarterback Marc Bulger said he'll miss recently released wide receiver Torry Holt and offensive tackle Orlando Pace, but has plenty on his mind...
Cardinals take a long look at Rasmus (03/18/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Colby Rasmus' novelty glove hung from the suspended ceiling near the lineup card, the words "Razzle Dazzle" clear to see. A prank, for sure, that fits right in with the loose college dorm atmosphere at the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training clubhouse. It's much like the hijinks of pitcher Joel Pineiro, who likes to hide behind jumbles of clothing in locker stalls and suddenly bound out to spook teammates, or the Ryan Ludwick magazine ad photo with the drawn-on mustache...
Armstrong definitely is in Tour de France field (03/18/09)
PARIS -- Twenty teams will compete at this summer's Tour de France, with Lance Armstrong returning to the race he won seven times and the former Saunier Duval-Scott team excluded from cycling's premier event. Armstrong is riding with Astana in a comeback bid after 3 years of retirement. Ivan Basso, who served a doping ban, also could make his return to the Tour with Liquigas...
BASEBALL U.S. rallies into WBC semifinals (03/18/09)
MIAMI -- Hobbled and humbled in the World Baseball Classic, Team USA still is swinging. David Wright sliced a two-run single that capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, and the injury-plagued Americans qualified for this weekend's semifinals with a 6-5 win over Puerto Rico...
Economy bringing do-it-yourself back in style (03/18/09)
Beth Rogers is taking the family's finances into her own hands -- literally. The 35-year-old from Fayetteville, Ark., ditched her weekly housekeeping service and now mops her own floors. She and her husband, Stanley, work in the yard after canceling their lawn care contract. She cooks at home instead of the family eating out, and she told her husband to iron his own shirts rather than send them to the cleaners. Total savings? About $10,000 a year...
Fashion designers honor first lady (03/18/09)
NEW YORK -- Michelle Obama keeps feeling the love from the fashion world. The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced Monday that she will be honored with a special tribute from the group's board of directors at its annual awards gala in June...
More recipes for America's favorite baking dish (03/18/09)
Recently I told you about a cookbook I acquired that contains recipes using a 9-by-13-inch pan. With more than 370 recipes in the book, I still had a couple of recipes I wanted to share with you. The Better Homes and Gardens "9 X 13: The Pan That Can" cookbook has a variety of recipes, and I found several of them interesting. ...
It's Wonder-ful: Wonder Bread gets new twist -- or squish -- as strudel dough (03/18/09)
I remember well the first time I went to Paris, more than 30 years ago. What impressed me most was not the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre or even the petits fours at Stohrer's, the oldest patisserie in the city. No, it was the bread. Crusty, chewy and full of flavor, there was simply nothing like it available at home at the time...
Paul Wilke (03/18/09)
Paul Dean Wilke, of Millersville, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home.
Clark Stewart (03/18/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Clark E. Stewart, 85, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at his home after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was born Dec. 10, 1923, at Flat River, Mo., the eighth child of William and Mabel Stewart. He was an athlete, participating in basketball in high school and football, track and boxing in college...
Elvis Mooney Sr. (03/18/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Elvis Alexander Mooney Sr., son of the late Alexander and Eva Elisa "Evie" Edwards Mooney, was born in Bloomfield May 10, 1911. He passed away at Cypress Point Health Care in Dexter, Mo., Monday, March 16, 2009, at age 97. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, Joseph Mooney, all of Bloomfield...
Lorraine Poole (03/18/09)
THEBES, Ill. -- Lorraine Poole, 89, of Thebes died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Thebes, daughter of George Lee and Flora Jackson Mansfield. She and George Edward Poole were married April 15, 1939. He died Dec. 8, 1996...
Taegin Walker (03/18/09)
Taegin Julianna Walker was stillborn Monday, March 16, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She is the daughter of Justin Murphy and Jennifer Walker of Jackson. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Paul Brown (03/18/09)
Paul Brown, 87, of Jackson died Monday, March 16, 2009, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home.
August Holthaus (03/18/09)
GRAY SUMMIT, Mo., -- August "Bud" Holthaus, 88, of Gray Summit passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 21, 1921, in Gray Summit, son of August J. and Otillie Roemer Holthaus. He and Laurene Bartold were married May 26, 1951, in Manchester, Mo. She died Nov. 17, 2008...
Brian O'Neill (03/18/09)
DUNLAP, Ill. -- Brian Edward O'Neill, 36, of Dunlap passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. He was born Nov. 2, 1972, in Hong Kong, the second of three boys of Ed and Jan Fennell O'Neill. After spending the first five years of his life in the Far East, Brian spent his entire grade and high school years in Pekin, Ill., where he graduated from Pekin High School in 1990 as president of his class...
Fire report 3/18/09 (03/18/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 6:18 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of Albert Street. n At 6:48 p.m., a detector sounding in the 2100 block of Chesapeake Street. n At 7:13 p.m., an illegal burn in the 500 block of Cordelia Street...
Police report 3/18/09 (03/18/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Tara R. Rucker, 21, 211 S. Park Ave., was arrested on an Alexander County, Ill., warrant for traffic violations. n Orenthal J. McCluney, 26, 2824 Whitener St., was arrested on two Mississippi County warrants for two counts of failure to appear for nonsupport...
Out of the past 3/18/09 (03/18/09)
25 years ago: March 18, 1984 The Rev. Carl J. Richardson is installed as associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau; he has been serving at Trinity for the past year as a colloquy vicar. Home Savings of America, based in Walnut Grove, Calif., has completed a lease agreement with Drury Development Co. ...
Obama's 'science' fiction (03/18/09)
By Charles Krauthammer Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem-cell research. I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President's Council on Bioethics that, contrary to the Bush policy, federal funding should be extended to research on embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded embryos in fertility clinics...
Shouldering the burden (03/18/09)
I am growing increasingly tired of the Obama administration placing societal concerns squarely on the backs of those who have succeeded. This administration -- which is not simply drifting toward socialism, but is in fact racing full speed in that direction -- seeks to punish success and reward irresponsibility...
Re-entry program gives former offenders a shot at making it (03/18/09)
"Paying your debt to society" used to be a fairly common way of referring to individuals serving time in jail or prison after committing a crime. To carry that idea further, it would be logical to conclude the debt was fully paid when a prisoner was set free or paroled. But that's not the way much of society views former criminals...
Watch out for economic wizard (03/18/09)
According to the news, 93 percent of mortgage holders are paying their mortgages. That means 7 percent of mortgage holders are responsible for the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Give me a break. You can't tell me that 7 percent is responsible for the economic demise of the country. When you kick in the banks, the auto industry and the industrial failures, it makes me wonder just how powerful this 7 percent is. And if they're so powerful, then surely are able to repair the problem...
The Tiger is quality publication (03/18/09)
I haven't been in Cape Girardeau long. One of the things I enjoy most here is The Tiger supplement in the paper. Cape Girardeau should be very proud that it has young people who can produce such a quality publication. Its graphics are great. The last edition has a knockout cover. It's smartly assembled, provocative, funny and instructive. I always learn something new...
Not greatest generation's fault (03/18/09)
I am a boomer and darned proud of it. I was raised to be responsible, have a good work ethic and live within my means. As a single mom, I raised two sons, sometimes having two and three jobs because their father was undependable when it came to the child support. ...
Speak Out 3/18/09 (03/18/09)
Training option THE high school dropout rate could be cured overnight if states repealed the laws requiring mandatory attendance until age 16. The schools would be populated by those who truly want an education. The rest could receive on-the-job training...
Prayer 3/18/09 (03/18/09)
Give us heavenly food to sustain our spirits, O God, and earthly food to nourish us. Amen.
Dog on Old Bridge over Whitewater River (03/18/09)
I took this picture 10-10-08 at Whitewater River. This old bridge has been condemned. My husband, Carl and I spent the day over there fishing and taking pictures. It was the last beautiful fall day of the year. We waded the River fly fishing. Mary Ann Kagle...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (03/18/09)
Gizmo is a 10 month-old Schnauzer mix. He is very friendly! Special thanks to Dana's Pet Salon for grooming Gizmo! Giz is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Cape Girardeau girls basketball tournament photos (03/18/09)
Community photographer Susan Matthews was at the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department and Noon Optimist Club's annual girls basketball tournament last weekend and captured several images posted now at seMissourian.com.Click on this link to view and order photos...
Championship Game Jump Ball (03/18/09)
Jump ball at the beginning of the championship game in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade beginners division. Trinity Faithfuls #1 Abbie Reece and St. Vincent Bobcats #22 Lexi Welter battle for the ball.
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