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Family still looking for answers after man's body found near Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau (03/30/09)
More than a month has gone by since a passer-by discovered the body of Thomas Hart Benton Turner in a rocky outcropping at the Mississippi River near the Cape Girardeau floodwall, yet his family remains no closer to understanding the circumstances leading to his death...
Black mold forces closure of post office in Rombauer, Mo. (03/30/09)
ROMBAUER, Mo. — The Rombauer post office has been condemned due to mold contamination. The building was determined unsafe for employees and customers after a facility specialist from the U.S. Postal Service inspected it Feb. 17, according to a spokesman...
Annual High School Art Exhibition presents work of area art students (03/30/09)
The 31st annual High School Art Exhibition opened to the public Sunday, showcasing artwork from a number of Southeast Missouri students. Sponsored by the Southeast Missouri State University Art Department, the exhibition was started and coordinated by former Southeast art professor Edwin Smith. He ran it for 29 years, retiring in 2007...
Conservation agent doubts Hornersville, Mo., man's dog was attacked by big cat (03/30/09)
HORNERSVILLE, Mo. — A resource scientist and associate with the Missouri Conservation Department said that in his opinion, the recent death of a bloodhound was not the result of an attack by a big cat. Jeff Beringer specializes in the handling of large carnivores and fur bearers. He teaches a class on cougars and has seen several kills...
Sikeston man accused of breaking in, stealing prescription drugs (03/30/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man was being held in the Scott County Jail over the weekend on burglary and stealing charges. Jason F. Roach, 35, has been charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of felony stealing and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a Friday news release from Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
Mississippi River to go above flood stage this week (03/30/09)
The Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau will rise above flood stage later this week, according to a Monday morning forecast issued by the National Weather Service.The forecast prompted the weather service to issue a flood warning for the river at Cape Girardeau starting Tuesday morning and continuing until the river goes below flood stage. ...
East Prairie woman killed after being struck by vehicle (03/30/09)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. — The death of an East Prairie woman has been ruled accidental by Mississippi County Coroner Terry A. Parker. On Saturday, Sandra Guinn and her husband, Charles Guinn of East Prairie apparently walked from behind parked cars along Pine Street in East Prairie into the path of a vehicle driven by Timothy Jones, also of East Prairie. Witnesses said the Guinns walked into the path of the vehicle without looking and that Jones did not have time to stop before striking them...
Scott City school board forum tonight (03/30/09)
Scott City school board candidates will discuss election issues with the public tonight. The candidates will participate in a meet and greet program at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. In the April 7 election, Karen Pobst and Gary Haynes will face incumbents Keith Simpson and Gary Miller. The two candidates with the most votes will assume positions on the board....
Highway Patrol searching for subject who fled from scene of accident in Cape (03/30/09)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is searching for a suspect who fled the scene of an accident near mile marker 100 on Interstate 55. No other information is known at this time.
Weekend fight between Charleston police officers under investigation (03/30/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. — A Saturday fight between two on-duty Charleston police officers at a local business is under investigation. Charleston Department of Public Safety Chief Robert Hearnes said the department received a call on Saturday morning of a fight in progress at a local business. It was later learned the two people fighting were on-duty Charleston DPS police officers...
Man arrested on charges he molested girl under 10 in Cape Girardeau County (03/30/09)
A St. James, Mo., man faces charges of statutory sodomy in Cape Girardeau County for allegedly molesting a child under the age of 10. Raymond M. Ressel, 29, of St. James, known as "Mike," was arrested Friday by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department...
Four arrested on drug charges in Scott County (03/30/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Four Scott County residents were arrested recently on drug-related charges in separate incidents. Adam T. Kimball, 19, of Sikeston has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to a news release from Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/30/09)
The attempt to sell the building that houses the Royal N'Orleans restaurant has been big news since we first reported it last week. ...
Royal N'Orleans reopens after weekend closure (03/30/09)
After a three-day closure, the Royal N'Orleans restaurant will reopen for business on Tuesday, owner Derek Miller said. The restaurant had been closed since Thursday, when Miller said he learned the building that houses the restaurant at 300 Broadway had a sign advertising it is for sale...
Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative to meet Thursday (03/30/09)
The next meeting of the Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Broadway Books and Roasting Co., 605 Broadway in Cape Girardeau. Discussion will focus on the status of the Girardeau Goes Green Advisory Board, the local businesses go green project, recycling with the League of Women Voters, activities of the Southeast Green Coalition, event recycling activities, a climate change course being offered by the Career and Technology Center, Climate Counters and other projects. ...
Pair of burglary suspects nabbed in Cape, but police say major offenders still at large (03/30/09)
The report of a burglary in progress in the 700 block of West Rodney Street on Sunday afternoon drew a fast response from Cape Girardeau police and the attention of neighbors. "We did catch two burglars, but these two burglars are juveniles," said Sgt. Rick Schmidt. He said he and other officers who responded to the call had hoped to catch those responsible for more than 50 burglaries committed since last fall...
Jackson-based organic pet food supplier planning $100 million expansion (03/30/09)
Miss Autumn's Barkery is planning a $100 million expansion into a portion of the 400-acre Southeast Missouri State University Technology Park that the business' owner said could bring between 100 and 200 jobs to the area. Construction of the facility for the Jackson-based organic pet food supplier is expected to begin by the end of the year or early 2010, said Victoria McDowell, founder of the business. However, that depends on McDowell's success in getting stimulus funding...
Climate change course offered at Career and Technical Center (03/30/09)
Career center offers climate change class Alan Journet and Eric Redinger of Southeast Missouri State University will offer a course, "Climate Change and Going Green: Tips for Energy Efficient Living on Our Changing Planet," starting at 6 p.m. ...
Republican lawmakers tie early voting in Mo. to photo ID debate (03/30/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's top election official is pushing to allow people to vote weeks before Election Day. But some Republican lawmakers say early voting won't happen unless Democrats compromise on a proposal to require a state-issued photo identification to vote...
One-third of Mo. fee offices put out for bid (03/30/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A third of Missouri's 183 fee offices have gone out for bid and many are attracting multiple bidders. It's the first time the state has used a competitive process to determine who will operate the offices where residents can renew their driver's licenses or get new vehicle tags. Historically, governors handed out the jobs to political supporters...
Largest federal tobacco tax increase ever to take effect Wednesday (03/30/09)
WASHINGTON — However they satisfy their nicotine cravings, tobacco users are facing a big hit as the single largest federal tobacco tax increase ever takes effect Wednesday. Tobacco companies and public health advocates, longtime foes in the nicotine battles, are trying to turn the situation to their advantage. The major cigarette makers raised prices a couple of weeks ago, partly to offset any drop in profits once the per-pack tax climbs from 39 cents to $1.01...
Mass. man kills 2 sisters, but police save the third (03/30/09)
MILTON, Mass. -- A man fatally stabbed his 17-year-old sister, decapitated his 5-year-old sister in front of a police officer and then turned toward his 9-year-old sister with a knife in his hand before officers shot him dead in what their chief described as "a killing field."...
Obama: Auto industry needs to do more to get assistance (03/30/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama said General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and all those with a stake in their survival need to take more hard steps to help the struggling automakers restructure for the future. Obama, in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" broadcast Sunday, said the companies must do more to receive additional financial aid from the government...
Panel advises depression screening for U.S. teens (03/30/09)
CHICAGO -- An influential government-appointed medical panel is urging doctors to routinely screen all American teens for depression -- a bold step that acknowledges that nearly 2 million teens are affected by this debilitating condition. Most are undiagnosed and untreated, said the panel, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which sets guidelines for doctors on a host of health issues...
Sandbagging contines as Red River falls (03/30/09)
FARGO, N.D. -- Weary residents of this sandbagged city came together in churches Sunday, counting their blessings that the Red River finally stopped rising and praying the levees would hold back its wrath. A brief levee break that swamped a school provided a warning of the kind of threat that still hangs over them in the days ahead...
7 residents, 1 nurse die in nursing home shooting (03/30/09)
CARTHAGE, N.C. -- A gunman burst into a North Carolina nursing home Sunday morning and started "shooting everything," killing seven residents and a nurse and wounding at least three others. Robert Stewart, 45, of Moore County, was charged hours later with eight counts of first-degree murder and a single charge of felony assault of a law enforcement officer. ...
Twenty-two killed in stampede at soccer match in Ivory Coast (03/30/09)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- A stampede at a World Cup qualifying soccer match in the Ivory Coast killed at least 22 people and wounded 132 Sunday, the Minister of the Interior announced on state TV. Desire Tagro said fans pushed against each other, setting off a panic that led to the stampede at the game between the Ivory Coast and Malawi...
Obama envoy: U.S. ready to act on global warming (03/30/09)
BONN, Germany -- Once booed at international climate talks, the United States won sustained applause Sunday when President Obama's envoy pledged to "make up for lost time" in reaching a global agreement on climate change. Todd Stern also praised efforts by countries like China to reign in their carbon emissions, but said global warming "requires a global response" and that rapidly developing economies like China "must join together" with the industrial world to solve the problem...
Sudan's wanted president welcomed at summit (03/30/09)
DOHA, Qatar -- Qatar's leader embraced Sudan's president in a red-carpet welcome Sunday as he arrived to attend an Arab Summit in his most brazen act of defiance against an international arrest warrant on charges of war crimes in Darfur. For host Qatar -- a key U.S. ally that is home to American warplanes and more than 5,000 U.S. troops -- the Arab League meeting beginning today also showcases its desire to stake out a prominent role in regional affairs even at the risk of angering the West...
Environmentalists hail Earth Hour as success (03/30/09)
BONN, Germany -- For environmental activists, the message was clear: Earth Hour was a huge success. Now they say nations have a mandate to tackle climate change. "The world said yes to climate action, now governments must follow," the World Wildlife Fund said Sunday, a day after hundreds of millions of people worldwide followed its call to turn off lights for a full hour...
Southeast baseball will receive big test this weekend (03/30/09)
Most people who follow Southeast Missouri State baseball thought this could be a special season for the Redhawks. There were some highs and lows during a rugged nonconference schedule, but right now the Redhawks are rolling. Sweeping their first two Ohio Valley Conference series has vaulted the Redhawks into first place in the OVC at 6-0, along with a solid 16-8 overall record...
Redhawks yield slam in 6-1 loss to Tech (03/30/09)
One bad inning prevented the Southeast Missouri State softball team from possibly winning its second straight Ohio Valley Conference series to start the season. A fifth-inning grand slam with two outs by Whitney Cummings gave visiting Tennessee Tech the lead for good Sunday in a 6-1 victory...
Southeast rolls to second OVC sweep vs. UTM (03/30/09)
Ohio Valley Conference series sweeps are hard to come by. The Southeast Missouri State baseball team has pulled it off in its first two conference weekends of the season. Southeast capped its latest sweep with Sunday's 12-8 win over visiting Tennessee-Martin...
Tar Heels, Spartans round out Final Four (03/30/09)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tyler Hansbrough deferred to his teammates -- just as he'd hinted he might. This was no one-on-one matchup down low. Instead, North Carolina rolled past Blake Griffin and Oklahoma with a total team effort. Ty Lawson scored 19 points and top-seeded North Carolina overcame a quiet game from Hansbrough to beat the Sooners 72-60 on Sunday in the South Regional final...
Johnson marks owner's anniversary with win (03/30/09)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson nudged Denny Hamlin aside in the third and fourth turns with 15 laps to go and gave team owner Rick Hendrick a perfect place to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his first victory in NASCAR's premier series: Victory Lane...
Twins leave Cards stranded in exhibition play (03/30/09)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Kevin Slowey struck out Albert Pujols with the bases loaded, and the Minnesota Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday. Slowey, who went 12-11 with 3.99 ERA in his first full season in the big leagues, struck out five without walking a batter and gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings. He has a 2.21 spring ERA following five starts...
Woods resumes reign with victory at Bay Hill (03/30/09)
The clutch shots. The late charge. An electric birdie putt on the 18th hole at Bay Hill. Yep, Tiger Woods is back. With those familiar back-nine heroics and a putt most everyone knew he was going to make, Woods holed a 15-footer for birdie to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., for his first victory since returning from knee surgery...
Workers use short 'gigs' to create patchwork jobs (03/30/09)
NEW YORK -- Simone Sneed has been a brand ambassador for a telephone company, a backup singer in a local theater, a freelance grant writer and a psychic in a scavenger hunt -- all for a day. Sneed found those jobs and many others in Craigslist's Gigs section, where she finds work for a few hours or a day to earn extra cash...
Toy, luxury stores eye Christmas 2009 with caution (03/30/09)
NEW YORK -- Shoppers may be thinking about spring, but some retailers are reluctantly setting their sights on Christmas. Still suffering after the worst holiday selling season in at least four decades, major toy sellers and upscale merchants -- who must order Christmas stock earlier than most retailers -- are exercising caution as they plan for the rest of the year...
Wining with Jerry Smith, co-owner of River Ridge Winery in Commerce, Mo. (03/30/09)
Southeast Missouri has its share of wineries, with about 13 locations in the region, one of which is River Ridge Winery in Commerce, Mo. Jerry Smith and his wife, Joannie, bought the farm that currently houses the winery in October 1980 and began planting grapes in 1981. ...
People on the move 3/30/09 (03/30/09)
Cape CVB's Vickery selected to Chamber leadership program Sarah Vickery, director of sales and marketing at the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, has joined a group of 30 Missouri business and state leaders chosen to participate in Leadership Missouri, a seven-month leadership enhancement program sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ...
Gary Ferguson (03/30/09)
Gary Ferguson, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home.
J. Christopher Schnell (03/30/09)
Dr. J. Christopher Schnell Dr. J. Christopher Schnell, 66, of Cape Girardeau died peacefully Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, with his wife at his side. He was born in Wichita, Kan., on Sept. 9, 1942, the son of James Joseph and Edna Paula Hunter Schnell. Chris married Phyllis Lynn Knowles Nov 16, 1985...
Loren Eddleman (03/30/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Loren Eddleman, 81, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Life Care Hospital in Plano, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro.
Police report 3/30/09 (03/30/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n A subject was in custody for assault on a law enforcement officer, property damage, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and driving while revoked...
Fire report 3/30/09 (03/30/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 6:40 p.m. power lines down at 4545 Hopper Road. n At 7:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of North Kingshighway. n At 7:29 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of William Street...
Out of the past 3/30/09 (03/30/09)
25 years ago: March 30, 1984 Capt. James C. Baker was presented a plaque of appreciation yesterday for 32 years service to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department at his retirement gathering at the main fire station. CANYON, Texas — The athletic director at West Texas State has confirmed that Ron Shumate has withdrawn his name for consideration as the school's new men's basketball coach; Shumate, who has directed the Southeast Missouri State University Indians for the past three years, led the team to two consecutive MIAA titles and two straight regional crowns before this past season.. ...
No kidding: Stevie's Steakburger restaurant on Broadway to reopen April Fool's Day (03/30/09)
Stevie's Steakburger, which had closed for the winter months, is reopening Wednesday, owner Steve Majeed said. The fast food restaurant at the corner of Broadway and Frederick Street opened in early September but closed in late November. American Ice Cream at 221 S. Hope St. in Jackson has also recently reopened after closing for the winter...
Deficit debate masks ideology (03/30/09)
There has been some quibbling over the future of the national debt. The Obama administration contends that proposed spending for the next 10 years will add $7 trillion (with a T) to our fiscal burden. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Obama budget would tack on $9.3 trillion...
Emerson advocates socialism (03/30/09)
There is plenty of blame to go around as the national deficit balloons to a record $1.7 trillion. I want to focus on some recent poor decisions made in Congress, particularly those of the Missouri 8th Congressional District's representative, Jo Ann Emerson...
Speak out 3/30/09 (03/30/09)
Running lights I sure hope that all the new stoplights going up around Cape Girardeau will be paid for by the tickets of those who will illegally run through them. Drug education I wanted to share an e-mail that is so true: Someone asked me, "Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?" I replied, "I had a drug problem when I was young. ...
Prayer 3/30/09 (03/30/09)
Your love is brighter than a thousand suns, O God, and we bask in your light. Amen.
Immaculate Conception to present Spring Concert (03/30/09)
The Immaculate Conception Church music ministry will present their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 26 at 2:15 in the church sanctuary. Featured will be the vocal choirs, handbell ensembles, church musicians, and the Praise and Worship team. There is no admission and refreshments will be served afterwards in the Fellowship Hall. Music minister is Jerry Ganiel...
$1.5 million renovation to remove asbestos, remodel Cape armory (03/30/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A $1.5 million renovation of the Missouri Army National Guard armory in Cape Girardeau will provide Citizen-Soldiers with newly refurbished offices, a state-of-the-art kitchen and newly paved parking spaces. But perhaps most important: The work provides an opportunity to remove asbestos -- a health hazard if its fibers become airborne -- from the armory that was built at 2626 Independence St. in 1953...
Dad's Weekend Raises Money for St Judes (03/30/09)
The Delta Chi Fraternity of Southeast Missouri State University celebrated its Annual Father's Weekend on March 27-28. Alumnus Steven Walker, a Manager at Show-Me's Restaurant on Independence Rd, allowed the Fraternity to use his establishment on Friday night for a meet and greet get together. ...
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