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Cape Girardeau Police Department makes many changes in 150 years since creation (03/26/09)
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of Cape Girardeau Police Department in 1859, when it consisted of a captain, a lieutenant and six officers. Since then, the department, now made up of 75 officers, has gone through a number of changes, including in its staff size, headquarters and role in the community...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/26/09)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon gave his opinion on how a report that associated third parties with domestic terrorists became a training document for the Highway Patrol. The governor said no one in his office even reviewed the report before it was actually used by the Highway Patrol. ...
Chip and seal paving discussed at Cape Girardeau County Commission meeting (03/26/09)
Larry Payne believes the reasons for paving failures on Cape Girardeau County roads need to be identified. Speaking as chairman of the county's road and bridge advisory board, Payne told county commissioners that the majority of his board felt the less-expensive chip and seal paving was a good solution for hard surfacing at a Thursday morning commission meeting...
Title: Handle tricky situations with grace (03/26/09)
Content: Dear Sam: I worked for 23 years for a well-known company until 3 years ago when I and 99 others were asked to take early retirement. I was off for 3 months when I found a new temp-to-perm position. ...
Cape Girardeau Central High School students' production of "Twelve Angry Jurors" begins tonight (03/26/09)
Cape Girardeau Central High School students will open their production of "Twelve Angry Jurors" tonight. The play chronicles jury deliberations during the trial of a man accused of murdering his father. The students will perform tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the junior high auditorium...
Prize-winning play "Angels in America" debuts today at River Campus (03/26/09)
For Rob Dillon, "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" was a play he'd always wanted to direct. For Thomas Statler, Roy Cohn was a role he really wanted to play. "It's a challenge and a stretch," said Statler, a senior at Southeast Missouri State University. Roy Cohn is supposed to be an old politician and Statler is 21...
Section of Route U to be closed today; I-55 in Scott County to be reduced next week (03/26/09)
Section of Route U to be closed today The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Route U in Cape Girardeau County today for pipe replacement. The work, which will begin at 8:30 a.m., will continue until about 3:30 p.m. Crews will replace the pipe in a section of road between County Road 225 and County Road 391. Motorists should use an alternative route. For details, call MoDOT at 888-275-6636...
Gun experts testify in day three of Carter County murder trial (03/26/09)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- On the third day of a Van Buren, Mo., man's capital murder trial, firearms experts said the bullet that killed a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer came from a gun similar to the defendant's. Lance D. Shockley is standing trial on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the 2005 death of Sgt. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission, road and bridge board to discuss 2009 paving plans at today's meeting (03/26/09)
A polite disagreement may be settled today when representatives of Cape Girardeau County's road and bridge advisory board meets with the county commission to discuss 2009 paving plans. The advisory board voted Monday to suggest its own paving plan for 2009. ...
Hornersville man: Bloodhound may have been mauled by large cat (03/26/09)
HORNERSVILLE, Mo. — A bloodhound belonging to a Hornersville man was mauled Thursday by a large cat in the woods, according to the dog's owner. Aaron Jamerson owns two dogs, Harley, the bloodhound, and Angus, a Rottweiler, that travel across the field to his grandparents' house nearly every day. The dogs are able to roam freely across the property because Jamerson does not live inside city limits...
Motorcycles to be on display Saturday at West Park Mall (03/26/09)
A display featuring motorcycles from 1975 to 2008, set up by the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter 1 of Jackson, will be in place 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at West Park Mall. Chapter members will answer questions about motorcycles and riding...
Nixon blames 'overzealousness' for militia report (03/26/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that the "overzealousness" of a Missouri State Highway Patrol unit is to blame for a report drawing intense opposition from conservatives because it links various right-wing organizations with the modern militia movement...
Missouri State Highway Patrol orders militia report shelved (03/26/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Uproar over a law enforcement document linking various right-wing organizations with the modern militia movement prompted the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Wednesday to cease distribution of the report. Outrage over the report had been brewing for weeks among conservatives who say they're unfairly singled out as possible criminals. ...
Kan. doctor testifies in abortion case against him (03/26/09)
WICHITA, Kan. -- One of the nation's few providers of late-term abortions testified Wednesday that he relied on advice from his lawyers and a Kansas official before getting second opinions that prosecutors say were illegal. Dr. George Tiller testified at his trial on 19 misdemeanor charges stemming from abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003. ...
N.D. officials: More blasts needed to clear ice jam (03/26/09)
BISMARCK, N.D. — Demolition crews blasted chunks of ice near a huge ice jam in the Missouri River on Wednesday in a bid to open a channel and drain a flood threatening the city. Officials planned two more rounds of explosives. Gov. John Hoeven said a second round of explosives was to be set off Wednesday night and a third round this morning. ...
Shuttle undocks from space station after 8 days (03/26/09)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After eight days together, space shuttle Discovery pulled away from the international space station Wednesday, transmitting photos of the orbiting outpost, balanced and boasting all its solar wings. NASA officials were thrilled to see the space station with its final pair of solar wings, which will boost electrical power and science research. ...
Chaos and clashes undermine help for octuplets' mom (03/26/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The list of people octuplets mom Nadya Suleman has alienated from her life grows by the day: a number of public relations handlers have parted ways, and Suleman fired a group of nurses providing charity care. Despite providing good theater on stages from the Dr. Phil show to websites, her apparent attempt to go it alone raises a larger question of how the unemployed, divorced, single mother is going to bring up 14 children...
China uses abortion pill on gerbils (03/26/09)
BEIJING -- Forestry officials in far western China have resorted to scattering abortion pills near gerbil burrows in a bid to halt a rodent plague threatening the region's ecosystem, state media said Wednesday. The pellets, which resemble bran feed, have "little effect on other animals" but can prevent pregnancy in gerbils and also induce abortion in already pregnant females, the official Xinhua News Agency said...
Clinton: U.S. shares blame for drug wars (03/26/09)
MEXICO CITY -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday pledged to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Mexico in its struggle against drug cartels and admitted America's demand for illegal narcotics and arms markets was partly to blame...
Local high school basbeall team capsules (03/26/09)
Woodland Cardinals Coach: Jason Crane Last season's record: 6-12 Postseason results: Lost 11-1 to Scott City in a Class 2 district opener Returning starters: Kyle Reynolds, sr., SS; Neil Johnson, so., P; Andrew Minson, jr., 1B/P Other top returning players: Hayden Mayfield, so., CF/2B; Martin Williams, so., 3B; Jesse Long, jr., 3B/OF...
Notre Dame boasts strong arms, improved field (03/26/09)
The Notre Dame baseball team begins its 2009 season ranked second in the Class 3 preseason state poll and with a new look to its pitching staff and baseball field. The Bulldogs, who tied for third in Class 3 at the state tournament last year, graduated their ace pitcher, Mark Himmelberg, but they have talented junior right-hander Colton Young ready to step into a starting role after closing games last year...
Scott City falls to 0-2 (03/26/09)
The Scott City baseball team, the defending Class 2 state champion, has opened the season with a pair of one-run losses. Scott City, the preseason top-ranked squad in Class 2, was defeated at fellow small-school power Ste. Genevieve Valle 2-1 on Wednesday...
Rams' offense to rely more on small ball (03/26/09)
SCOTT CITY -- The Scott City offense lost just two players from its lineup that pounded out 23 runs in the final four on its way to winning the Class 2 state title last spring. The problem is the two players -- Ryan Modglin and Cody Carlyle -- were the main power sources in the middle of the order, combining for 16 homers and 75 RBIs through districts...
Heil, Porter garner awards (03/26/09)
POPLAR BLUFF -- A pair of familiar faces picked up player of the year honors for the SEMO Conference. Michael Porter of Sikeston and Dexter's Katelyn Heil were honored Wednesday night at the Poplar Bluff Letter Club's 51st annual Basketball Banquet...
Scott City's new ace (03/26/09)
SCOTT CITY -- Senior Cody Page struck out both times he had to bat against senior hurler Shae Simmons during the Rams' first live batting practice this spring. Simmons fired a curveball that had Page moving to get out of the way, only for the pitch to curve back in across the middle of the plate and be called a strike...
Tigers ready for battle (03/26/09)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Missouri and Memphis have much more in common than a nickname. Energy, intensity and speed will be on display in this Tigers vs. Tigers semifinal at the NCAA West Regional tonight. "You will see some things that you marvel at," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. "You will probably see some things like 'Wow, did he do that?'"...
University honors scholar athletes (03/26/09)
Southeast Missouri State honored 141 athletes Wednesday during the university's annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon at the University Center. Southeast athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher were recognized. The 141 honorees represent 49 percent of the student-athletes at Southeast, including 72 percent of the female student-athletes. The group includes a record 23 athletes with a 4.0 GPA...
Donation station (03/26/09)
Whenever I drive into a new town I automatically flip my radio dial to the lower 80s and slowly go up from there to find a radio station. I know the majority of music stations are in the 100 FM area, but I've got CDs for music. I'm looking for something a little more informative: the public broadcasting station...
An electric evening in the Duck Room (03/26/09)
March 26, 2009 Dear Leslie, In my youth I dismissed the talent of Chuck Berry. The reason was his dumb novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling," his only No. 1 hit. Youthful sanctimony overlooked great songs like "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene" and "Rock and Roll Music" to bewail the unpardonable musical sin of "My Ding-a-Ling."...
Darius Rucker, Montgomery Gentry headline Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo in Sikeston (03/26/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — A crossover artist, a new face on the country music scene, an established vocal duo and a less established performer will make up the entertainment at the 57th Annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. "There ought to be something for everybody, even someone who doesn't listen to country music," said Cal Crader, entertainment chairman. ...
Studio: Sean Penn to play Larry in 'Stooges' movie (03/26/09)
NEW YORK -- Sean Penn is going slapstick. The studio MGM says the double Oscar winner has signed on to play Larry in the Farrelly brothers' big-screen update of "The Three Stooges." Jim Carrey was "in negotiations" for the role of Curly, said MGM spokesman Grey Munford. The studio first featured the stooges in a series of shorts and features beginning in 1933...
Review: 'Duplicity' is great entertainment, not great movie (03/26/09)
I feel like an "American Idol" judge when writing about the new film "Duplicity." I see myself clearing my throat and beginning: "Very good, very good, though it's clearly not your best work. I've seen you do much better. But safe to say, this was above average. You've got game. Now, you'll probably get a pass to the next round, but if you continue in this derivative style, people will stop caring about anything you do. Quickly."...
Good bets 3/26/09 (03/26/09)
LIVE MUSIC Doug Rees with special guest Jefferson Fox Jackson favorite gets some company. Where: Stooges, Jackson When: 7 to 10 p.m. today Live acoustic music with Matt Murphy Start the weekend early. Where: Slingers...
ARTifacts 3/26/09 (03/26/09)
Bootheel Regional Juried Art Show accepts art SIKESTON, Mo. -- The 25th annual Bootheel Regional Juried Art Show, sponsored by the Sikeston Depot Museum, will be accepting entries from local artists 18 and older, living within 75 miles of Sikeston. Art will be accepted from 1 to 4 p.m. ...
Southeast Missouri State University students bring 'Angels in America' to life (03/26/09)
Among it's attributes, Tony Kushner's "Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches" uses eight performers to portray 21 roles. Finances had nothing to do with it; Kushner wanted the same actor to play different characters partly to convey a common theme or characteristic...
Tax liens filed, discharged (03/26/09)
Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of February are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 568-3444...
Feds sue Dish Network over Do Not Call complaints (03/26/09)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's second-largest satellite TV provider, Dish Network, is being sued by the government for alleged violations of the national Do Not Call Registry. The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday accused Dish Network of making thousands of phone calls to people on the Do Not Call list. The FTC said Dish is the biggest violator to date based on the number of complaints, more than 20,000, to the agency...
Unified Democrats mirror Obama budget priorities (03/26/09)
WASHINGTON -- In a show of unity, congressional Democrats welcomed President Obama to the Capitol on Wednesday and unveiled budget blueprints that embrace his key priorities and point the way for major legislation this year on health care, energy and education...
Juanita Webster (03/26/09)
McCLURE, Ill. — Juanita Webster, 81, of McClure died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center. She was born April 22, 1927, at Neelys Landing, Mo., daughter of Alfred and Delia Hurst Craft. She married Richard Webster, who preceded her in death...
Zita Kirn (03/26/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Zita E. Kirn, 90, of Perryville died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Independence Care Center of Perry County in Perryville. She was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Perry County, daughter of Felix and Laura Roy Moore. She and Sylvester Leo Kirn were married Oct. 31, 1942. He died June 22, 1996...
Mark Collins (03/26/09)
TAMMS, Ill. — Mark Collins, 53, of Tamms died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Anderson (03/26/09)
ORAN, Mo. — Dorothy May Anderson, 72, of Oran died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Oct. 21, 1936, at Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Bill and Donna Ester Tankersley Cook. She and Jewell "Cotton" Anderson were married June 24, 1961. He died April 20, 1991...
Ruby Ravenstein (03/26/09)
Ruby Clara Schlimme Ravenstein, 93, of Littleton, Mass., formerly of Jackson, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. She was born Jan. 21, 1916, in Jackson, daughter of Martin and Clara Bock Schlimme. She and Nyal "Bob" Ravenstein were married June 14, 1940, in Lawrence, Kan. He died Nov. 23, 1987...
William Smith (03/26/09)
JONESBORO, Ill. — William Harold "Dago" Smith, 81, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1927, in Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Willie and Nora Getting Smith. Smith worked at Trojan Powder Plant 27 1/2 years before retiring...
Stanford Frey (03/26/09)
Stanford Theodore Frey, 92, of Scott City died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 8, 1917, in Sikeston, Mo., son of George William and Mary Stephanie Bouchard Frey. He and Lillie Susan Alma Miller were married June 3, 1938, in Sikeston...
James Mayo (03/26/09)
James Albert Mayo, 63, of Scott City died Friday, March 20, 2009, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. He was born June 7, 1945, in Peoria, Ill., son of Albert and Doris Scanlan Mayo. He and Gladys Lorraine "Lora" Shipley were married Nov. 8, 1993, in Chester, Ill...
Richard Smith (03/26/09)
Richard Stephen Smith, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home...
Helen Acer (03/26/09)
Helen H. Restemayer Acer, 83, of Ormond Beach, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 12, 2009. She was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Centralia, Ill., daughter of Jerome and Veneita Hasemeier. She and Clinton E. Restemayer were married June 27, 1948. He died March 17, 1976. She and Donald W. Acer Jr. were married April 15, 1989, in Ormond Beach...
Donna Renschen (03/26/09)
Donna Sue Renschen, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born June 26, 1960, in Breese, Ill., daughter of Alvin Francis and Johanna Mary Kues Renschen. Renschen was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and also attended Trinity Grace Chapel. She was a volunteer for Head Start, and a caregiver to her grandchildren...
Juanita Gabler (03/26/09)
Juanita Gabler, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 2, 2009, at Ratliff Care Center. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Births 3/26/09 (03/26/09)
Timberlake Son to Brian Michael and Amber Waynette Timberlake of Whitewater, Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:31 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009. Name, Wyatt Patrick. Weight, 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Mrs. Timberlake is the former Amber White, daughter of Roy and Robin White of Jackson. She is a salesclerk at Roy's Tire and Auto. Timberlake is the son of Jim and Ruth Timberlake of Cape Girardeau. He is a mechanic at Roy's Tire and Auto...
Police report 3/26/09 (03/26/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Clarence E. Geiger III, 19, 1126 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court for assault, property damage and fireworks violation and a Sikeston, Mo., warrant for failure to appear...
Out of the past 03/26/09 (03/26/09)
25 years ago: March 26, 1984 Missouri Health Facilities Committee has given approval to Southeast Missouri Hospital for a $1.8 million project that will introduce a cardiac catheterization laboratory; the procedure is new to the area and will complement the hospital's new cardiac surgery service...
Jean Chapman: Healer and artist (03/26/09)
Renaissance man: 1. highly cultivated, skilled and well-versed in many fields of knowledge, as in the arts and sciences; 2. Dr. Jean Chapman. Jean Chapman of Cape Girardeau died this week, and we remember his well-lived life and his broad range of interests. ...
CTC meets training demands (03/26/09)
Even with layoffs and rising unemployment across the nation, there are still job sectors with too few qualified applicants. One such area is health care. That's the case just about everywhere, and certainly in Southeast Missouri. In response to this need, the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center is adding three associate degree programs that will turn out workers trained as physical therapy assistants and occupational therapy assistants as well as those prepared for medical technology jobs.. ...
Speak Out 3/26/09 (03/26/09)
No Jackson stimulus I think it is despicable that the Missouri Department of Transportation has designated $5.3 million of the state's $525 million stimulus package for Cape Girardeau and not a penny for the badly needed traffic light on Highway 25 at Jackson's South Elementary School entrance. This is a hazardous situation for parents and children trying to get to school as well as regular traffic on Highway 25...
Local physician serves the members at the State Capitol. (03/26/09)
Ever wonder what happens when someone at the State Capitol falls ill or is injured. There is a physician on call at the Capitol every day its members are in session. Local physician Robb R. Hicks, M.D., of Immediate HealthCare, with offices in both Perryville and Cape Girardeau, recently travelled to Jefferson City to serve as the Physican of the Day at the Capitol. ...
Spread the Word to End the Word (03/26/09)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 has been declared "Spread the Word to End the Word" Day. This grassroots effort by high school and college students with and without disabilities aims to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word ("Retard"). ...
The All Rescue Graduation Class (03/26/09)
One Wednesday evening, March 25th, the first All Rescue Dog obedience class graduated. These dogs and their handlers have been working for six weeks with the goal of testing for the Canine Good Citizen certification. The CGC is a certification offered by the American Kennel Club that is earned by dogs with proven manners and social skills...
HONKY-TONK LEGENDS OF SCOTT CITY (03/26/09)
honk⋅y-tonk [hong-kee-tongk,] –noun 1.      a cheap, noisy, and garish nightclub or dance hall. leg·end      (lěj'ənd) n.  1. An unverified story handed down from earlier times, especially one popularly believed to be historical...A romanticized or popularized myth of modern times...
Blue Bird (03/26/09)
This little bluebird was keeping an eye on me as I took its picture.
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