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Scott County wins state title (03/21/09)
The Scott County Central boys basketball team won its record 13th state title Saturday, with a 98-63 victory over Newtown-Harris. The Braves jumped out to a 34-14 lead after the first quarter and cruised from there. Bobby Hatchett and Drew Thomas led the Braves with 29 points apiece...
'Juggalo' man who threatened woman over traffic incident gets preliminary hearing date (03/21/09)
A preliminary hearing has been set in the case of a man who police say threatened a woman with a hatchet over a traffic altercation. Robin C. Shelman, 24, of Oklahoma City, Okla., who told police he was a "Juggalo," or fan of the Detroit-based band Insane Clown Posse, faces charges for unlawful use of a weapon and assault on law enforcement...
Kenny Rogers Children's Center in Sikeston holding telethon this weekend (03/21/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Most everyone in the Bootheel area knows the Kenny Rogers Children's Center exists. But not everyone knows what it does -- or the children it helps. So, along with the fundraising efforts, the 29th annual telethon, set for today and Sunday at weekend at the Sikeston Fieldhouse. helps to educate people -- with some help from patients chosen as poster children...
Bloomfield schools cancel class because of 'flu outbreak' (03/21/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — Bloomfield schools were closed Friday as the result of a "flu outbreak," according to superintendent Dr. Nick Thiele. Thiele said the decision was made because of the significant number of students and staff sick with the flu...
Jury seated for trial of Van Buren man accused of killing Missouri state trooper (03/21/09)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- Fifteen Carter County residents were selected Thursday afternoon to serve on the jury of a Van Buren man accused of gunning down a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper in his driveway. The jurors, who were selected at about 5 p.m., were among 200 Carter countians brought in during the two-day selection process in Lance D. Shockley's case, according to Carter County Circuit Clerk Cathy Duncan Terry...
$3 million visitor, education center to be added to Arkansas fish hatchery (03/21/09)
MAMMOTH SPRING, Ark. -- The Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery will soon be the site of a $3 million Visitor and Environmental Education Center. The hatchery currently welcomes around 100,000 visitors each year. The center will be only the second such facility in the entire southeastern United States. The other one is in Jamestown, Ky...
Various roadwork projects in Southeast Missouri begin next week (03/21/09)
Route U in Cape Girardeau County will be closed for part of Monday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe. The closing, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will include the section of Route U from Route N to County Road 255. Highway 72 in Bollinger and Madison counties will be reduced to one lane of traffic beginning Monday as MoDOT crews conduct drainage repairs. ...
Animal in roadway leads to Friday morning accident on I-55 near Fruitland (03/21/09)
A motorist's attempt to avoid an animal in the roadway resulted in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County Friday morning. The accident occurred 5 miles north of Fruitland at around 3:15 a.m. as a 2003 Ford driven by Cheron S. ...
The price of a pack: Smokers and retailers prepare for cigarette tax increase coming in April (03/21/09)
Rick Roberts is a regular buyer of cigarettes at convenience stores in Missouri, but that could change April 1. A resident of McClure, Ill., Roberts makes the weekly drive across the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge into the Show Me State to purchase tobacco...
Chiefs association supports red light cameras (03/21/09)
The Associated PRess ST. LOUIS -- 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 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...
Critics say Illinois governor's budget plan fails to 'cut, cut, cut' (03/21/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Before he presented his plan for balancing a crumbling state budget, Gov. Pat Quinn offered three words about his approach: "cut, cut, cut." Now many state lawmakers are looking at his proposal and responding with three words of their own: "Is that it?"...
Mo. third-grader, 71, leaves legacy in literacy (03/21/09)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The 71-year-old son of a sharecropper, Alferd Williams is now a third-grader and has his own reasons for working hard in school. "I don't have a mother living, and I don't have a father living, so it's up to me how long I go to school and how well I learn," Williams told a gymnasium packed with fellow students at Edison Elementary School...
Former St. Louis County lawmaker not guilty on sex charges (03/21/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former lawmaker from St. Louis County was acquitted Friday of sex charges involving the teenage daughter of a mid-Missouri woman with whom he had an affair. Former representative Scott Muschany, 42, was accused of forcing a then-14-year-old girl to touch him after walking into the girl's bedroom naked. Muschany could have faced up to seven years in prison if convicted of the most serious felony deviate sexual assault charge...
Man pleads guilty in 2007 church shooting (03/21/09)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- In the tight-knit Micronesian community of southwest Missouri, shame and honor are more than just abstract concepts. Shame drove Eiken Elam Saimon to kill three religious leaders, including two relatives, Saimon said Friday. Honor cost one of those victims his life...
Owners worry about Petland puppies (03/21/09)
CINCINNATI -- Dawn Lewis and her family still miss Cash, the dog she had put to sleep in 2007 after it attacked her son and left him with scars on his face and ear. She wonders now whether the Akita's behavior was a result of puppy mill breeding by Petland Inc., which sold her the dog in 2006...
Republicans put brakes on rush to tax AIG bonuses (03/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are drawing out a flap that has made the Obama administration squirm, applying the brakes to Democratic attempts to quickly tax away most of the bonuses at troubled insurance giant AIG and other bailed-out companies...
Canada: U.S. will ground helicopters (03/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Canadian safety officials said Friday they expect the U.S. to ground Sikorsky S92 helicopters like the one involved in a crash last week in which 17 died. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Les Dorr confirmed that the agency is working on an emergency safety directive related to the Sikorsky S92, but declined to say if the agency would ground the helicopters...
Transgender wife gets 4 years for husband's death (03/21/09)
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio -- James M. Mason knew his wife since she was born a boy. The janitor and former military man was a boarder in the child's home and was treated like family. Many were surprised when he married Chris nearly three years ago, not just because he knew she underwent sex-change surgery 13 years before, temporarily calling herself Christine Newton-John after the pop singer with the same last name. ...
Space station's new solar wings open smoothly (03/21/09)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronauts unfurled the newly installed solar wings at the international space station Friday, a nerve-racking procedure that went exceedingly well and brought the orbiting outpost to full power. To NASA's relief, both wings went out smoothly, one at a time. Nothing hung up, and none of the panels stuck together like they had on previous panels...
Post office offering early out, cutting managers (03/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Battered by the economy, the post office is offering early retirement to 150,000 workers, cutting management and closing offices, the agency said Friday. The Postal Service lost $2.8 billion last year and is facing even larger losses this year, despite a rate increase -- to 44 cents for first-class mail -- scheduled to take effect May 11...
Iraqi budget shortfalls force security hiring freeze (03/21/09)
UMM QASR, Iraq -- The drop in oil prices has forced Iraq's military and police to put recruiting on hold even as the U.S. hands over more responsibility for protecting the country. The freeze is stalling efforts to hire Sunni ex-insurgents and has prompted the Iraqi military to transfer hundreds of soldiers to the navy to protect vital oil installations in the Persian Gulf...
Teens held in BB gun shooting near French school (03/21/09)
LYON, France -- Several teenagers were taken into custody Friday night after 11 adults were injured in a pellet gun shooting near a nursery school in the French city of Lyon, the city's prosecutor said. Prosecutor Xavier Rich­aud told reporters it appeared that a 17-year-old had been trying out a new BB gun from his parents' apartment earlier Friday, injuring adults near the Harmony nursery school as they collected children before the lunch break...
Scott County Central plays for state title today (03/21/09)
COLUMBIA -- Tim Cool says bring the heat. His team can handle it. The Newtown-Harris coach said that his team scoffs at half-court trapping defenses. "We don't see much of that because we usually carve it up pretty good," Cool said. "To be really honest, our guard play is so good that teams don't usually try to do that for very long. We usually shoot layups."...
Live coverage of Scott County Central state championship game (03/21/09)
The Southeast Missourian has reporters and photographers in Columbia, Mo., today covering the Class 1 state boys basketball championship game. The Scott County Central Braves are making a bid for their 13th state title. Southeast Missourian sports writer Christopher Smith will be live blogging during the game on Semoball.com. ...
Tigers pass Ivy League test (03/21/09)
BOISE, Idaho -- No need to trademark this slogan, even if it did work perfectly for Missouri this time. "20 Minutes of Hell." It was more than enough to lift Leo Lyons, DeMarre Carroll and the Tigers to a 78-59 win over Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday...
Redhawks launch OVC play vs. Tech (03/21/09)
Southeast Missouri State's 2008 baseball season was marked by a big offense and a subpar, inconsistent pitching staff. Not much has changed so far this year as the Redhawks begin Ohio Valley Conference play today with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Tennessee Tech...
Jackson church to be site of Missouri Baptist Convention's kickoff for 175th anniversary celebration (03/21/09)
To the faithful, the story of Old Bethel Baptist Church serves as a lesson in the importance of spreading the Lord's message and that to survive, a church cannot only minister to its own locality. Beginning in 1806, Bethel was responsible for the first influx of Baptist worship into the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. ...
Religion calendar 3/21/09 (03/21/09)
music Handbell concert The Arkansas State University Ringers ring five octaves of Schulmerich handbells and five octaves of Malmark handchimes at Centenary United Methodist Church. When: 7 p.m. Monday Where: 300 N. Ellis St., Cape Girardeau...
Gift of the present (03/21/09)
There was once a man dying in his upstairs bedroom. Weak and frail, unable to move from his illness, he caught a whiff of an apple pie. It was a glorious smell. He called for his wife to bring him a piece, but to no avail. Finally he decided he would rather die attempting to retrieve the pie himself than just lie there smelling it. Gathering every last ounce of strength and determination, he made his way to the kitchen...
Trust on endangered species list, but a life of suspicion not worth living (03/21/09)
The giant panda, the snow leopard, the albatross, the crowned solitary eagle. All are on the endangered species list. I'd like to suggest a couple of others, unconventional as they may be. Full-service gas stations, for instance. Once a staple of roadway driving, pay-at-the-pump, do-it-yourself outlets are now the accepted norm. ...
New budget could mean $9.3 trillion in U.S. debt (03/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's budget would generate unsustainably large deficits averaging almost $1 trillion a year over the next decade, according to new estimates released Friday. The new Congressional Budget Office figures predict Obama's budget will produce $9.3 trillion worth of red ink over 2010-2019. That's $2.3 trillion worse than the administration predicted in its budget just last month...
Sources say toxic asset plan near completion (03/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Administration and industry officials say Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner could unveil as soon as Monday his long-awaited plan to get toxic assets off the books of banks. The officials say that the plan will use the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to make the resources of the government's $700 billion financial rescue fund go further...
Opal Frymire (03/21/09)
Opal Frymire Opal Irene Frymire, 79, of Marquand, Mo., died Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Grassy, Mo., daughter of Jasper and Iva James Robbins. She and Albert Frymire were married Feb. 20, 1945. He died in 1998...
Cleophas Halter (03/21/09)
Cleophas Halter CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Cleophas Halter, 89, of Chaffee died Friday, March 20, 2009, at the Chaffee Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel.
Paul Brown (03/21/09)
Paul Brown Paul Brown, 87, of Jackson died Monday, March 16, 2009, at Jackson Manor. He was born Nov. 17, 1921, at Scopus, Mo., son of William Dellon and Nellie Tennessee Conder Brown. He and Betty Mae Orrell were married March 9, 1940. She died Dec. 22, 2006...
Glenda Gum (03/21/09)
Glenda Gum Glenda Deloris Gum, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., with the Rev. Charles Lance officiating...
Ercie Rhodes (03/21/09)
Ercie Rhodes Ercie J. Rhodes, 80, died Friday in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Births 3/21/09 (03/21/09)
Ward Son to Tim R. and Kendra D. Ward of Dexter, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:04 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Name, Evan Curtis. Weight, 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Ward is the former Kendra Dixon, daughter of Kenny and Betty Dixon of Jackson. She is a teacher with Dexter School District. Ward is the son of the late John and Vivian Ward. He is a financial consultant with Southern Missouri Bank...
Fire 032009 (03/21/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: n At 8:09 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2700 block of Flora Hills Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 3:24 a.m., extrication at Interstate 55 mile marker 110...
Police 3/21/09 (03/21/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n A subject is in custody pending charges for driving while intoxicated, failure to drive on the right side of the roadway and failure to signal...
Out of the past (03/21/09)
25 years ago: March 21, 1984 Eighty-seven Southeast Missouri State University students are evacuated from a Greek housing unit by an early morning fire; members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the university's football team return to their rooms after little more than an hour...
Southeast Missouri students excel in academic competitions (03/21/09)
This is the season for academic competitions: science fairs, history days, math contests, scholar bowls, debates and many others. All of these events send a positive message about educations in America: Students who are motivated and want to excel in the studies have ample opportunity, great guidance from their teachers and the satisfaction of performing well under pressure...
Speak Out 3/21/09 (03/21/09)
Give him four years PEOPLE who are judging President Obama already should give him a chance. Wait until four years are up before you make any judgment. The man should have a chance to straighten this mess up. City workers THERE are two Cape Girardeau city workers who will be retiring from the sanitation crews. ...
Prayer 3/21/09 (03/21/09)
Guide us when we are lost, and lift us up when we are weary, O God. Amen.
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