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Illinois man indicted in October Bank of Missouri robberies (04/02/09)
Two robberies of the same bank about three weeks apart were the work of a single bandit, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday. George R. Chesnut, 46, of Alton, Ill., was indicted on four felony counts tied to the Oct. 6, 2008, and Oct. 30, 2008, robberies at the Bank of Missouri branch at 372 N. Kingshighway, Federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway announced. In each of the robberies, the thief showed a weapon to tellers as he demanded cash...
Jackson man pleads guilty to statutory sodomy (04/02/09)
A Jackson man accused of sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl was sentenced to 15 years in state prison today after pleading guilty to a single felony count, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle announced. Ronald R. Davis, 38, had originally been charged with seven counts of statutory sodomy, but pleaded guilty to a single count in a plea bargain that Swingle said had the consent of the victim's family. ...
Marquette buildings sold to Springfield, Mo., development company for unspecified price (04/02/09)
The Marquette Tower and Marquette Centre in downtown Cape Girardeau has changed hands again. On March 20, a Springfield, Mo.,-based development company bought the two buildings and adjoining parking lot for "between $3 million and $4 million," said Trevor Gregg of G&S Holdings, LLC...
Sikeston child abuse incident leads to murder charges after infant's death (04/02/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jamieon Q. Mosby, an 8-month-old child from Sikeston, died Wednesday night at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Now Kevin Dixon, once charged with abuse and assault in the March 24 incident that led to the child's death, is now charged with murder ...
Former Southeast Missouri school director pleads guilty to nine felonies (04/02/09)
A former director of the Current River Area Vocational Technical School at Doniphan, Mo., pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to nine felonies, including mail and wire fraud and theft of government funds. Michael R. Smock of Doniphan pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft from an organization receiving federal funds, three felony counts of mail fraud, three felony counts of wire fraud and one felony count of false statement before U.S. ...
Sikeston police officer attacked by dog on drug raid (04/02/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A search warrant executed at a Sikeston home Tuesday led to the arrest of four individuals and a dog attack on a Sikeston officer. At 8:54 a.m. Tuesday Sikeston's Special Operations Group Team served the warrant at 511 Matthews St. in Sikeston, according to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. ...
Cape Girardeau narrowing city manager search from field of 56 applicants (04/02/09)
Cape Girardeau City Councilman John Voss is pleased with the responses received as the city seeks a new manager. By the March 20 application deadline, Voss said Wednesday, the city received 56 applications from 23 states from people hoping to take over from Doug Leslie, who retired March 1. While the city council conducts the search, assistant city manager Ken Eftink is filling in as interim city manager.
Former Cape Girardeau chief construction inspector dies at 66 (04/02/09)
James Tilley, an engineer who was the city's chief construction inspector for more than 25 years, died Sunday at his home in Alabama. He was 66.
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri to review 18 applications for director seat (04/02/09)
After almost 10 months of operating without a contracted director, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri hopes to close the hiring process by Monday.
Briggs & Stratton to lay off 114 at Poplar Bluff plant (04/02/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Briggs & Stratton has announced a layoff will occur at its Poplar Bluff plant beginning April 17, according to the Daily American Republic.
Cape Girardeau man's dogfighting trial postponed (04/02/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A trial for a Cape Girardeau man charged in conjunction with a Stoddard County dogfighting ring busted in 2007 had his trial postponed again, according to the Daily Statesman.
Good records best defense against Internal Revenue Service audit (04/02/09)
You have less than two weeks to get your records in order. As the April 15 deadline for filing taxes draws closer, a local accountant said keeping proper documentation is the best defense against an Internal Revenue Service audit.
Next section of Independence Street to close starting today (04/02/09)
Starting today, Independence Street will be closed westbound between Kingshighway and Clark Avenue, according to a Cape Girardeau news release.
Details released in Carter County domestic shooting (04/02/09)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- An Ellsinore man was in the Carter County Jail Wednesday, charged with assaulting his wife by shooting her during a dispute with his stepson. John William Moss, 55, was charged Tuesday with the Class C felony of second-degree assault by Carter County Prosecuting Attorney Ernie Richardson...
Speakers hone stories for Cape festival (04/02/09)
Starting Friday, downtown Cape Girardeau may be filled with ghosts, lesbian cowgirl folk singers, 85-year-old medical school graduates and female serial killers, among other characters. The tales at the second annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival begin at 9 a.m. Friday. Four national and four Midwest storytellers will be featured.
Man works to spread awareness of autism through license plate program (04/02/09)
Today is World Autism Awareness Day, but Mike Sciortino is aware of autism every day because his 10-year-old grandson Ethan has a form of the disorder.
Having fun at Red Star boat access (04/02/09)
Sikeston Little Theatre to hold auditions (04/02/09)
Website undergoes slight changes (04/02/09)
Some changes were made on the seMissourian.com website Wednesday. Most of the site has remained the same, with content and organization very similar to what was in place before the change. Major changes include the addition of drop down menus at the top of each page to make navigation easier...
Mo. senators endorse health-care plan (04/02/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State senators have endorsed an expansion of government-funded health care for low-income Missourians, embracing the concept -- if not the form -- of a plan put forth by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Domino's dishes out 11,000 free pizzas by mistake (04/02/09)
CINCINNATI (AP) -- "Bailout" was the magic word as Domino's had to give away thousands of free pizzas because someone stumbled on an online promotion the company scrapped. Domino's Pizza Inc. spokesman Tim McIntyre said Wednesday that the company prepared an Internet coupon for an ad campaign that was considered in December but not approved...
Social Security clogged with disability claims (04/02/09)
TAMPA, Fla. -- For all the talk of an impending crisis in Social Security, one already exists: The system is clogged with hundreds of thousands of disputed disability claims, a backlog so big that some people wait years for a hearing. Social Security officials blame underfunding, understaffing, a dramatic rise in cases and an increasing number of claims involving hard-to-prove ailments such as back pain, depression and anxiety...
Economy contracting at a slower pace (04/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- New economic reports on construction spending, manufacturing and pending home sales suggest the recession may be moving closer to a bottom. But most analysts think the low point is still months away, with more bad news likely before the economy stabilizes and begins to rebound.
Government seeks to reverse Ted Stevens' conviction (04/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- Faced with revelations about withheld evidence, the Justice Department on Wednesday moved to reverse the conviction of former Alaska senator Ted Stevens, who lost his bid for re-election just days after a jury found that he had lied about gifts and home renovations.
Fargo officials resisted FEMA's evacuation recommendation (04/02/09)
FARGO, N.D. -- With floodwaters rising around them, Fargo officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency faced a decision: Should they order a mandatory evacuation of the entire city?
Mexico launches new program aimed at catching U.S. firearm smugglers (04/02/09)
MEXICO CITY -- Try to bring a refrigerator into Mexico in the back of your pickup, and you are almost certain to get stopped by Mexican customs officials.
Central handles Sikeston (04/02/09)
Central defeated the Bulldogs 7-4 in a Jamie Pickel win.
Heuring leads Oran past Leopold (04/02/09)
Tyler Heuring went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs to help Oran escape with a 4-3 road win at Leopold on Wednesday.
Braves' starting lineup garners all-district honors (04/02/09)
The entire Scott County Central starting lineup earned Class 1 all-district honors on the teams picked by a panel of Southeast Missouri sportswriters that was released today.
Redhawks drop doubleheader to Division II Missouri-St. Louis (04/02/09)
The Division II Tritons stunned Southeast, sweeping Wednesday's twin bill 6-0 and 4-3. UMSL improved to 22-12 and dropped Southeast to 12-12.
Redhawks suffer thumping on road (04/02/09)
Southeast Missouri State had its six-game baseball winning streak snapped in emphatic fashion.
Area calendar 4/2 (04/02/09)
Blues fail to close ground in playoff race (04/02/09)
CHICAGO -- Nikolai Khabibulin made 16 saves, and Jonathan Toews, Samuel Pahlsson and Colin Fraser scored for the Chicago Blackhawks, who beat St. Louis 3-1 on Wednesday night and snapped the Blues' five-game winning streak. The Blackhawks moved within one point of clinching their first playoff berth since 2001-02 and their second in 11 seasons. Chicago also jumped one point ahead of Calgary and into fourth place in the Western Conference...
Spring blooms (04/02/09)
I've diagnosed myself with SAD. I am so tired of being cold. I hole up with a blanket as soon as the sun goes down. It's like I've organized a one-woman sit-in against Mother Nature.
One choice at a time (04/02/09)
Dear Amy and Frank, I told DC I wish we could go to your house for dinner every night, Amy, because I know you eat healthily. You are one of the few vegetarians I know and introduced me to quinoa, the South American treat.
Roger Sanford's chalk art featured at Edward Bernard Gallery (04/02/09)
According to Jackson-based artist Roger Sanford, "Chalk is unforgiving. A lot of people don't realize how hard it is. You don't get a second chance when you lay it down."
Good bets 4/2/09 (04/02/09)
First Friday receptions 4/2/09 (04/02/09)
'Runway' moving to Lifetime (04/02/09)
NEW YORK -- After months in limbo, "Project Runway" has a new home at Lifetime. The popular series that aired for five seasons on the Bravo network had been mired in a legal struggle involving NBC Universal, which owns Bravo, the Weinstein Co. and the Lifetime channel.
Movie review: Too much action, not enough story (04/02/09)
"This is a scary movie," said one child during my showing of "Monsters vs. Aliens." After a quick consolation from a parent, that was the last peep from the entire audience. I don't know if the silence was due to the nonstop action on screen or due to a strange mixture of a more mature humor with Saturday morning cartoons.
ARTifacts 4/2/09 (04/02/09)
New jobless claims jump, factory orders up (04/02/09)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people filing new jobless claims jumped unexpectedly last week, while those continuing to receive benefits hit a 10th straight record-high. Both figures show the labor market remains weak and is unlikely to recover anytime soon, despite some signs the economy's decline is moderating...
Pansie Mehrle (04/02/09)
Pansie D. Hunt Mehrle, 101, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at Ratliff Care Center.
Betty Kluesner (04/02/09)
Elizabeth L. "Betty" Kluesner, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at her home.
Daniel McNair Jr. (04/02/09)
Dr. Daniel Preston McNair Jr., 78, of Daphne, Ala., died Saturday, March 28, 2009, after a lengthy illness.
James Tilley (04/02/09)
James Henry Tilley, 66, of Hartselle, Ala., died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at his home.
Robert Lovelace (04/02/09)
Robert Alan Lovelace, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
Alvin Pope (04/02/09)
TROY, Mo. -- Alvin B. Pope, 66, of Troy died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Lincoln County Medical Center in Troy.
Maria Lopez (04/02/09)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- Maria Reyna Lopez, 68, of Alto Pass died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at her home.
Jacqueline McAtee (04/02/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Jacqueline Gertrude McAtee, 89, of Poplar Bluff died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
Loren Eddleman (04/02/09)
ANNA, Ill.-- Loren Eddleman, 81, of Anna died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Life Care Hospital of Plano in Plano, Texas. He was born Dec. 4, 1927, in Dongola, Ill., son of Grover C. and Emma Brown Eddleman. He and Linna Mae Harvick were married Dec. 8, 1945, in Mount Vernon, Ill.
Charles Smith (04/02/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Charles Smith, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. Arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Chuck Moutell (04/02/09)
Charles E. "Chuck" Moutell, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield, Mo.
Births 4/2/09 (04/02/09)
Foristal; Surface; Pobst
Fire Report 4/2/09 (04/02/09)
Out of the Past 4/2/09 (04/02/09)
25 years ago: April 2, 1984 Only about 12 percent of Cape Girardeau County's registered voters, or 3,720 residents, are expected to go to the polls tomorrow despite a crowded field of candidates in both the Cape Girardeau city and school board elections.
Strong newspaper builds a community (04/02/09)
I was a member of the Cape Girardeau business community for more than 15 years. I bought half of Riverside Lumber Co. and turned it into a home center-type business. It was very successful.
Get control of the money flow (04/02/09)
I have long been a fan of Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers and our third president. I recently ran across a statement he wrote that was so on target and timely that I wanted to share it with Southeast Missourian readers.
Turning waste into fuel (04/02/09)
Southeast Missouri State University is looking for ways to be more energy efficient. Over several years, the facilities management department has installed low-flow toilets and faucets to save water, higher-efficiency light fixtures and detectors that turn lights on and off when rooms are occupied or empty.
Storytelling starts Friday (04/02/09)
The 2009 Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival will have a three-day run Friday through Sunday, featuring eight professional storytellers who will entertain audiences in three tents downtown and in the park at the River Campus.
Speak Out 4/2/09 (04/02/09)
Not included; Roaming dogs; Fish experiment; Clean up graffiti; Signs of improvement; No city raises; Sharing the blame; Legislative dullards; Union benefits; Religious stand; No common sense; The animals know; No lights; Proper compacting; Park trash; Local performers; County roads; Appeals limit; Not in the street; Talking adults; Twain was wrong
Prayer 4/2/09 (04/02/09)
The Thundertones @ Buckner's on Friday April 3rd (04/02/09)
Tee Off to Support Lutheran Family and Children's Services (04/02/09)
Mark your calendar for May 11, 2009 and register now for a great day of golf on a the beautiful Dalhousie Golf Course, ranked one of the top ten private courses in America. Be a part of the Hope For Families Golf Tournament that supports Lutheran Family and Children's Services (LFCS). It draws golfers from all over the country...
Government, Unions, and Car Companies (04/02/09)
Much has been said and written about the US Auto Industry crisis, and whether or not the US Government should intervene to keep them afloat. Why these companies are in trouble has been extensively documented and been the subject of endless arguments. Here, in two words, is our opinion on how they got into this mess:...
World Autism Awareness Day Proclamation (04/02/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 30, 2009 -- Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson signed a proclamation today, declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in the City of Cape Girardeau. Others in attendance who helped make this possible were Connie Hebert, interim director of the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment; Elaine Beussink, director of the Tailor Institute; Myra Bax, director of the Judevine Center for Autism- Southeast Missouri Project; Ethan and Friends for Autism parent organization representatives; and officials with the Cape Girardeau and Jackson public school districts.. ...
FREE After School Program at Cape Area Family Resource Center (04/02/09)
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