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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/20/09)
Flu season is supposed to be winding down, but not in at least one Southeast Missouri school district.All classes at Bloomfield, in Stoddard County, were canceled today because a large amount of students, teachers and staff were out sick with the virus.Click here to read more from the Daily Statesman newspaper. ...
Seniors and Lawmen Together organization honors three area law enforcement officers at SEMO event (03/20/09)
The night of April 8, 1982, Paul Echols was working as a rookie patrol officer for the Carbondale Police Department when a call came through that a 23-year-old Southern Illinois University student had been found dead in her off-campus apartment. Echols wasn't called to assist with the homicide of Deborah Sheppard, he told a small crowd Thursday night at the Glenn Auditorium of Southeast Missouri State University, but he would never forget the call reporting Sheppard's death...
Alma Schrader principal's dance class removes pounds, stress (03/20/09)
It started with a few long strides forward and some steps back. Then came the hips. "I think a man would feel very uncomfortable in here," said Amber Wellin, a preschool aide at Jefferson and Alma Schrader elementary schools. Alma Schrader principal Ruth Ann Orr started teaching Zumba classes for Cape Girardeau School District workers in September. The dance exercise is a mixture of styles, including, salsa, hip-hop and belly dancing...
Home and garden show opens today at Show Me Center in Cape (03/20/09)
Today marks the opening of the 29th annual home and garden show at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. More than 120 exhibitors from Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee will display products mostly related to landscaping, home improvement and gardening. About 45 craft exhibits also will be on hand...
Stimulus prescription is electronic medical records for all; Southeast Missouri providers in favor of switch (03/20/09)
By 2014, each person in the United States is supposed to have an electronic medical record, according to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The law attempts to improve the health-care system by using $34 billion to spur more health-care professionals to use electronic medical records...
Animal in roadway leads to early morning crash on I-55 near Fruitland (03/20/09)
A motorist’s attempt to avoid an animal in the roadway resulted in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County this morning. The accident occurred 5 miles north of Fruitland at around 3:15 a.m. as a 2003 Ford driven by Cheron S. ...
Cape Girardeau lawyer named to State Board of Education (03/20/09)
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday appointed Cape Girardeau lawyer Michael Ponder to the State Board of Education. Ponder, 45, is a partner with Cook, Barkett, Maguire and Ponder LLC in Cape Girardeau. Ponder was appointed to an eight-year term that will end March 17, 2017. Ponder replaces Shirley L. Hindman of Harviell, Mo...
Chiefs association supports red light cameras (03/20/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The executive board of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association is offering support for red light cameras. Forty chiefs who are members of the board signed a resolution backing the use of the cameras. The announcement on Wednesday came about a week after the St. Louis Police Officers Association announced it opposes the use of red light cameras, saying they don't constitute good law enforcement and are simply a way to make money...
Kan. indictment: Pot found among boxes of cookies (03/20/09)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A plan to stash more than 200 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of cookies leads to federal drug charges. Acting U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker announced Thursday that a federal grand jury meeting in Topeka had returned an indictment against three men accused of possessing the pot...
Bankers see bright spots in struggling economy (03/20/09)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Although economic conditions remain weak, rural bankers in 11 Midwest and Plains states say there are some bright spots. The bankers who responded to the monthly Rural Mainstreet survey cited small increases in farmland prices, new hiring and banking activity in March...
Arcane drinking laws in Utah being phased out this year (03/20/09)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Guy walks into a bar in Utah -- and easily gets a drink. Come this summer, that simple scenario will become a reality: No special fees, club memberships or partitions required. After more than 40 years, some of the strictest -- and strangest -- liquor laws in the nation are being hustled out the barroom door, yet another sign that even a state dominated by teetotaling Mormons is willing to reconsider decades-old mores if it helps the economy...
Fed drives down mortgage rates with $1.2 trillion decision (03/20/09)
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates tumbled to historic lows Thursday after the Federal Reserve's sudden decision to print $1.2 trillion and pump it into the economy, a move that also triggered warning signs of inflation -- a weaker dollar and the highest oil prices of the year...
Dallas school accused of staging fights (03/20/09)
DALLAS -- The Dallas school system was rocked by allegations Thursday that staff members at an inner-city high school made students settle their differences by fighting bare-knuckle brawls inside a steel cage. The principal and other employees at South Oak Cliff High knew about the cage fights and allowed the practice to continue, according to a 2008 report by school system investigators...
Israel to probe reported abuse by soldiers during Gaza war (03/20/09)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's military on Thursday ordered a criminal inquiry into its own soldiers' reports that some troops killed Palestinian civilians, including children, during the Gaza war by hastily opening fire, confident that relaxed rules of engagement would protect them...
Austria's Fritzl gets life in psychiatric prison (03/20/09)
ST. POELTEN, Austria -- Josef Fritzl was sentenced to life in a psychiatric ward Thursday for one of Austria's most notorious crimes: Locking his daughter in a dungeon for 24 years, fathering her seven children and letting one die in captivity as a newborn...
Timmons provides the Pep as usual (03/20/09)
COLUMBIA -- Scott County Central senior Randy Timmons hustled to save a ball headed out of bounds early in the second quarter of the Class 1 semifinal against Glasgow. Timmons, in the same motion of saving the ball, made a nice lead pass to Bobby Hatchett near mid-court. Hatchett passed it ahead to Drew Thomas, who made an easy breakaway, uncontested layup that put the Braves ahead by 10 points...
Porter upholds family name in semifinal (03/20/09)
COLUMBIA -- Scott County Central coach Ronnie Cookson was quick to talk about his 1976 team during the news conference following his team's 78-44 win against Glasgow on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 1 playoffs at Mizzou Arena. Cookson said that his 1976 squad, which was the first Braves team in school history to win a state title, beat Glasgow in the championship game 33 years ago, and that team included the fathers of current starters Otto Porter, Drew Thomas and Desmin Williams...
Sallie's career game helps Memphis avoids huge upset (03/20/09)
Roburt Sallie, averaging 4.5 points all year for Memphis, scored 35 and the second-seeded Tigers beat the plucky Cal State-Northridge Matadors 81-70 in the West Regional, dodging what would have been one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Sallie kept Cal State-Northridge at bay during a lackluster first half for Memphis (32-3) and wound up hitting 10 of 15 3-pointers, a first-round tournament record...
Bluff's Hansbrough breaks ACC career-scoring record at UNC (03/20/09)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tyler Hansbrough took quick care of his latest record pursuit, then helped North Carolina advance in the NCAA tournament without one of its star playmakers. Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring mark in the opening minutes and finished with 22 points to help the Tar Heels beat Radford 101-58 on Thursday, giving the South Region's top seed another easy tournament opener in their home state...
neXt up 3/20/09 (03/20/09)
Friday n New movies "Duplicity" PG-13, 125 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine "I Love You, Man" R, 110 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine "Knowing" PG-13, 115 mins @ Town Plaza Cinema...
Affordable science: Noisy balloon (03/20/09)
Are you looking for an affordable science experiment to do with the children? Here's one that's not only affordable, but one that will teach you and the family how to create unique sounds by using coins and balloons. Materials n 3 balloons n Assortment of coins...
Jackson High School seniors model used prom dresses for March of Dimes fundraiser (03/20/09)
Prom's around the corner and senioritis is setting in for Alexis Bogenpohl and her friends. In one final activity before they head off to different colleges, the Jackson seniors will model prom dresses in a charity event for March of Dimes, "Ball Gowns for Babies."...
Learning briefs (03/20/09)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Jenny Leigh Brant of Kelso, Mo., received the Trevecca Grant and Childers Academic Scholarship to attend Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. n Kaitlin Wibbenmeyer of Cape Girardeau received the Red and Black Scholarship to attend the University of Central Missouri...
A touch of spring (03/20/09)
Spring raised the hem of her winter woolens this week and showed off her brilliant forsythia petticoat. Which means it's time to open the Sullivan patio for another season of lazy sessions of sitting on cushioned wicker furniture and listening to the gurgling water in the rock fountain while the scarlet cardinal belts out a territorial tune to taunt Miss Kitty, who pays no heed now that she gets to snooze on soft floral prints without being told to go to "your chair" in the family room, which has been the case for four cold winter months.. ...
Ex-mobster of 'Goodfellas' fame wanted in Calif. for failure to appear (03/20/09)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A mobster-turned-FBI informant whose life inspired the movie "Goodfellas" is wanted for failing to appear in court on tickets alleging he was drunk in public in San Bernardino. Henry Hill, 65, faces two $25,000 arrest warrants. He says he wasn't aware he needed to be present in court Wednesday and had asked for a new hearing date because he was having hernia surgery...
Rethinking the math around buying a used car (03/20/09)
DETROIT -- For cash-strapped consumers shopping for a car, used would seem like the place to start. Not necessarily. A new one might actually be cheaper. Consider this: The average cost of a used 2008 Honda Accord EX sedan, certified by the dealership, was $21,544 earlier this month, according to Edmunds.com, a car-buying website. A new 2009 model cost $80 less...
House passes bill taxing bonuses for AIG, others (03/20/09)
WASHINGTON -- Denouncing a "squandering of the people's money," lawmakers voted decisively Thursday to impose a 90 percent tax on millions of dollars in employee bonuses paid by troubled insurance giant AIG and other bailed-out companies. The House vote was 328-93. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate and President Obama quickly signaled general support for the concept...
Bob Wachter (03/20/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Bob R. Wachter, 78, of Chaffee died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in Scott City. He was born Jan. 24, 1931, at Dutchtown, son of Hugo Augustus and Lydia Wessel Wachter. He and Sue Redfern were married Jan. 6, 1951. She died Feb. 6, 1993. He and Beulah "Bea" Eastwood Gnann were married Feb. 26, 2005...
Cornelia Choate (03/20/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Cornelia A. Choate, 88, of Anna died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and Saturday from noon to service time at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tony Foeller officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery...
Bill Silliman (03/20/09)
DEXTER, Mo. — Bill Silliman, 76, son of the late William Ray and Agnes Martha Harris Silliman, was born Jan. 3, 1933, at Essex, Mo. He departed this life Thursday, March 19, 2009, at his home. Mr. Silliman was of the Baptist belief, a retired farmer, businessman, a board member of Chalk Bluff Cemetery, on the Ozark Border Electric Co-Operative Board of Directors 15 years and a member of Dexter Elks Lodge 2439...
Golda Winn (03/20/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Golda Winn, 83, of Anna died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Jonesboro Rehab and Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born June 17, 1925, in Union County, Ill., daughter of James Green and Tressie Jones Henderson. She and Oral "Preach" Winn were married Sept. 17, 1954. He died July 10, 2004...
Births 3/20/09 (03/20/09)
Braxton Daughter to Larenzo Dwyne Braxton and Jessica Kay Rose of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:52 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2009. Name, Aaliyah Marie. Weight, 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Ms. Rose is the daughter of Jeff and Debbie Rose of Cape Girardeau. Braxton is the son of Katrina Braxton and Elbridge Robinson of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Royal N'Orleans Restaurant...
Police report 3/20/09 (03/20/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Jeremy D. Hentges, 30, of Imperial, Mo., was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for failure to appear for resisting arrest and trespassing...
Fire report 3/20/09 (03/20/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 7:23 p.m., an illegal burn in the 400 block of Fitzgerald Street. n At 8:23 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of North Fountain Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 3/20/09 (03/20/09)
25 years ago: March 20, 1984 Lightning struck a 70-year-old private mausoleum in Lorimier Cemetery over the weekend, causing thousands of dollars in damage and making it necessary to temporarily remove two of the five caskets inside. Officials of St. Mary's school and cathedral, as well as area businessmen, are opposed to a request for a liquor-by-the-drink and package liquor license for an establishment at 616 Good Hope St...
United States no longer a self-sufficient country (03/20/09)
I cannot understand why our political leaders do not realize that we can no longer sustain our current standard of living with our current free-trade globalization policies. We are virtually dependent on other countries to furnish us with everything we need, have bought or plan to buy, with the possible exception of food and houses...
Seeking refuge in today's world (03/20/09)
Churches have historically offered sanctuary: from oppressors, from despotic governments, from the sometimes unbearable toils of life. Someone with a troubling problem might find solace by entering a quiet church and spending a few moments in reflection and prayer. Modern hospitals still offer comforting chapels that often become part of the process of healing...
Son questions father's execution, believes new trial would set him free (03/20/09)
My father is on death row. He's about to be executed by the state of Missouri by what the state calls legal homicide. My father has been on death row 14 1/2 years, and I'm 20 years old. My father is a good man, a godly man. He is my rock. He's the person I talk to when things in my life become too hard. I can live with my father being in prison, but I cannot and will not live with the fact that my father, the man who gave me life, will be legally murdered by the state of Missouri...
Speak Out 3/20/09 (03/20/09)
Political process A pointy-headed Princeton professor and a wild-eyed policy-wonk journalist recently wrote that President Obama's decision to remove the ban against federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research was politically motivated. Of course it was, just like President Bush's decision to impose the ban on federal funding was. ...
Prayer 3/20/09 (03/20/09)
Protect us from those who seek to do us harm, O God, and comfort us. Amen.
S.O.S. Parent Support (03/20/09)
Outgrowth of Parenting Classes, Survival Skills for Healthy Families, has lead to monthly parenting support sessions. Survival Skills for Healthy Families, a 6 session parenting class, is taught by trained leaders at Lutheran Family and Children's services of Cape Girardeau. ...
Callie the Whippet (03/20/09)
Callie is a 4 year old fawn and white whippet who lives with me in Jackson. About two years ago, Callie and I started volunteering with Pet Pals, a Humane Society group, which visits patients in local hospitals and nursing homes. Callie enjoys the love she receives from the patients, and she enjoys loving them in return. This is a photo of Callie playing in spring wild flowers...
Spring has arrived! (03/20/09)
I took this picture of the Jonquils on the hillside at Westminster Presbyterian Church on my way to work.
Blowing in the Wind (03/20/09)
Little bird hanging on in the top of a bush in Marge Suedekum's garden
Pear Tree Blooms (03/20/09)
pretty pear tree blooms
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