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Fire causes minor damage to Cape Girardeau house (04/03/09)
A Friday afternoon fire at 126 S. Hanover St. caused light to moderate smoke damage, said Cape Girardeau Fire Department Battalion Chief Fred Vincel. The fire started in the area of the clothes dryer of the two-story home, Vincel said, but was out in a matter of minutes. No one was home at the time, but a small dog was rescued from the house without injury...
History comes to life during opening day of Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival (04/03/09)
History came alive for more than 2,500 grade school students Friday afternoon at the second Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. Storytellers from around the country enlightened students from Missouri and Illinois on such issues as Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's travels in the United States and Missouri native Bertha Gifford, America's first female serial killer...
Stoddard County woman rescued from fallen shed (04/03/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- An Essex woman remained hospitalized this morning after the building in which she was working collapsed, trapping her under the rubble. Sixty-four-year-old Laura Heppe and her husband, Earl, had been working to dismantle a backyard shed this week; and while Earl Heppe was gone on an errand to Dexter, his wife proceeded by herself to remove more boards from the partially dismantled shed. ...
Scott County Sheriff's Department busts alleged mobile meth lab (04/03/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- A complaint of a suspicious package on Wednesday led to the seizure of an alleged mobile meth lab and the arrest of an East Prairie, Mo., man in Scott County, according to a Scott County Sheriff's Department news release. Deputy Jeremy Perrien responded to Route O on a report of a suspicious package found on the side of the road, which appeared to be intentionally placed, the news release said. ...
Man charged in Bank of Missouri robberies (04/03/09)
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 and Oct. 30 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...
Sikeston man charged with murder following infant's death (04/03/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jamieon Q. Mosby, an 8-month-old child from Sikeston, died Wednesday night at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Now Kevin Dixon, according to a Sikeston Department of Public Safety news release. On Thursday, Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd charged Dixon with first-degree murder ...
Jackson man gets 15 years in prison for child molestation (04/03/09)
Southeast Missourian A Jackson man accused of sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to a single felony count, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle announced. Ronald R. ...
Millersville Fire District board member files complaint over flier (04/03/09)
Two rural fire districts hope Tuesday's election will signal the end of a tumultuous chapter for their fire boards, even as a campaign flier has raised new questions and concerns for current board members in one of the districts. On Tuesday, the Millersville Fire District board filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission over a campaign flier included in the monthly bill sent to Public Water Supply District No. 2 customers, said board chairman Jim Roche...
Bloomfield man accused in standoff to get mental evaluation (04/03/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Bloomfield man charged in connection with a standoff the day after Thanksgiving 2008 requested and was granted a pretrial psychiatric evaluation Wednesday in a Bloomfield courtroom. Danny W. Pullum, 50 of Bloomfield, was not in court Wednesday, but his attorney, Robin Phelan Northern, appeared and made the formal request...
Coalition's study finds a need for more higher ed opportunities in Southeast Missouri (04/03/09)
There is a need to make higher education more available locally, according to a study released today by a coalition of 11 business and education leaders. The 238-page report concluded that there are educational gaps in the Cape Girardeau area for nontraditional students who do not pursue a four-year degree...
SEMO board of regents could OK parking plan today (04/03/09)
Southeast Missouri State University is considering a plan to increase the number of parking spaces on campus to ease demands on the south end of the university. The $1.4 million project goes in front of the board of regents for approval during their meeting today...
Springfield developers buy Cape's Marquette (04/03/09)
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...
Several arts events set for this weekend in Cape (04/03/09)
Storytelling is not confined to the Storytelling Festival this weekend. Cape Girardeau is coming alive for spring, and many events are starting or continuing. At the Red House Interpretive Center, docents will be dressed in period clothes to tell stories about Cape Girardeau founder Louis Lorimier and his visit with Lewis and Clark...
Candidates talk to voters through Southeast Missourian website (04/03/09)
Candidates in Tuesday's municipal elections are speaking directly to voters through the Southeast Missourian's online election page. The responses to the Southeast Missourian's candidate questionnaire are posted at http://semissourian.com/election. ...
Next phase of Independence Street widening in Cape Girardeau begins (04/03/09)
KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com The next phase of a widening project closed Independence Street on Thursday between Kingshighway and Clark Avenue in Cape Girardeau. Contractors estimate that the project will be finished in six weeks. Eastbound traffic will remain open....
Bill expanding Habitat eligibility passes in House (04/03/09)
Habitat for Humanity leaders are celebrating a victory in the Missouri House of Representatives after legislation passed Wednesday allowing most of its families to remain eligible for its home building program. Sponsored by Rep. Clint Tracy, House Bill 802 doubles the income limit for low-income people living in Habitat for Humanity and other taxpayer-supported homes. ...
Ex-St. Francois Co. commissioner indicted (04/03/09)
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. (AP) -- A former county commissioner from eastern Missouri faces two felony charges for allegedly stealing from the county. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a two-count indictment Thursday against 61-year-old Ronald Varvera of Fredericktown, a former commissioner for St. Francois (pronounced FRAN'-cis) County...
Galileo's telescope on historic visit to Philadelphia (04/03/09)
PHILADELPHIA -- Though it looks like a cardboard tube that got left out in the rain, it's a priceless instrument whose owner changed the world. The mottled brown cylinder on display at The Franklin Institute science museum is a 400-year-old telescope used by Galileo Galilei, whose observations of the heavens ultimately changed the face of not only astronomy but all of science...
Manufacturing up; Dow briefly passes 8,000 mark (04/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- Fresh signs that factories are coming back to life and a bank chief executive officer's encouraging outlook fueled more hopes Thursday that the economy may soon emerge from the cellar, briefly lifting the Dow Jones industrials over 8,000 for the first time in two months...
Blagojevich indicted on federal corruption charges (04/03/09)
CHICAGO -- Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was indicted Thursday on charges of trying to auction off President Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat along with new corruption allegations that he tried to extort a congressman. A 19-count federal indictment alleges that Blagojevich discussed with aides the possibility of getting a Cabinet post in the new president's administration, substantial fundraising assistance or a high-paying job in exchange for the Senate seat...
Former AIG chief criticizes successors and bailout (04/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- The man who built insurance giant American International Group Inc. from a startup to a global behemoth said he didn't mismanage the company -- but the government did. Following weeks of public and congressional outrage over largest corporate failure in U.S. history, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, AIG's chief executive until March 2005, said taxpayers got a raw deal in the largest bailout of the financial crisis...
Judge: Bagram prisoners can challenge detention (04/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that some prisoners in the war on terror can use U.S. civilian courts to challenge their detention at a military air base in Afghanistan, for the first time extending rights given to Guantanamo Bay detainees elsewhere in the world...
New storm barrage in southeast U.S. causes train to hit fallen tree (04/03/09)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Another barrage of storms hit the Southeast on Thursday, spawning possible tornadoes, causing a passenger train to hit a fallen tree and sending at least one person to the hospital after lightning struck a home. Flood warnings as well as tornado watches and warnings were in effect around the region...
Report: IRS inconsistent on interest penalties (04/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- The IRS inconsistently charges interest on penalties imposed on delinquent taxpayers, resulting in unequal treatment for some of them, the Treasury Department's inspector general for taxes said Thursday. The Internal Revenue Service acknowledged some delinquent taxpayers end up paying more interest on penalties than others, but said the Treasury IG report overstates the problem...
Summiteers OK big loans, no economic rescue stimulus (04/03/09)
LONDON -- Anxiously assembled at the most perilous moment for the global economy since the Great Depression, the world's financial powers pledged more than $1 trillion Thursday for emergency loans to contain the contagion. But they rebuffed President Obama's bid for new stimulus spending and made no guarantees of success...
Brazilian bishop criticized for Holocaust remarks (04/03/09)
RIO DE JANEIRO -- A Roman Catholic archbishop whose statements about the Holocaust have come under fire met with Jewish leaders this week to clarify his claim that Jewish domination of the media has obscured the toll of non-Jews killed by the Nazis...
Leaders seek unified response to North Korean rhetoric (04/03/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- World leaders sought a unified response Thursday to North Korea's latest provocation as the communist regime made final preparations for a controversial rocket launch and Japan braced for the possibility of falling debris...
Australia backs U.N. indigenous rights declaration (04/03/09)
SYDNEY -- Australia adopted the U.N.'s declaration of indigenous rights Friday, reversing its earlier opposition in what officials said was an effort to "reset" relations between white Australians and Aborigines. The support for the nonbinding declaration is a largely symbolic step, but extends a dramatic shift in policy on Aborigines since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was elected 17 months ago...
Central vaulters set high goals (04/03/09)
Former Southeast Missouri State pole vaulter Collin Sheridan, who won the Ohio Valley Conference outdoor championship in 2000, enjoys a different challenge these days as coach of the Central vaulters. Among Sheridan's athletes are two of the best local high school vaulters -- sophomore Matt Deisher and junior Ray Woldtvedt...
Bar is rising on lowering the risks (04/03/09)
Chuck Goodale, who has served as a pole vaulting instructor at high schools including Kelly, Scott City, Central and now Notre Dame, said the athletes who become involved in the technical field event typically are the fearless ones. "To a lot of people, [pole vaulting] looks like fun, but at the same time they would say, 'I wouldn't do that in a million years,'" Goodale said. ...
Southeast track and field to host Haines Invitational today (04/03/09)
Southeast Missouri State's annual outdoor track and field meet will feature some of the best overall competition it has seen in years. That's the opinion of Eric Crumpecker, Southeast's first-year coach who served as an assistant with the program since 1991...
Area digest 4/3/09 (04/03/09)
Dalhousie tourneyhonored by AJGA The Dalhousie Junior Championship has earned the American Junior Golf Association's Tournament of the Year award for the second straight year, the AJGA announced Thursday. The second edition of the tournament was held Aug. 11 to 14 at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau...
Oshie honored by NHL (04/03/09)
Oshie honored by NHL ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues center T.J. Oshie is the NHL's player of the month for March. The honor was announced Thursday. Oshie has played a big role in helping the Blues get back into the playoff hunt in the Western Conference. He had four goals and nine assists in 14 games in March, a stretch when the Blues went 9-4-1...
Bears sign Pace, trade for Cutler (04/03/09)
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears agreed to a three-year deal with free agent Orlando Pace on Thursday, adding a seven-time Pro Bowl tackle to their offensive line on the same day they acquired quarterback Jay Cutler in a trade with Denver. Released by the Rams three weeks ago in a move to clear $6 million in cap room, the 33-year-old Pace joins a team that suddenly has a different look on offense after going 9-7 and missing the playoffs for the second straight year...
Backes nets four goals in Blues' 5-4 victory against Red Wings (04/03/09)
DETROIT -- Not even David Backes could explain what happened. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound winger scored a career-high four goals, including the go-ahead score with 4:07 left, in the surging St. Louis Blues' 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night...
Redbirds conclude play in Florida with 6-3 victory against Marlins (04/03/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Florida Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson finished his first healthy spring in three years with a strong start Thursday in a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Johnson, who will start the second game of the season, allowed a run and five hits in four innings to finish with a 3.23 ERA in seven Grapefruit League games -- six starts...
Notre Dame senior makes 'Anything Goes' happen behind the scenes (04/03/09)
When the curtain goes up on Notre Dame Regional High School's production of "Anything Goes," Samantha Rellergert will be running the show backstage. Rellergert, a senior, has been constructing sets and helping backstage throughout high school. In all, she has worked on eight productions...
Learning briefs 4/3/09 (04/03/09)
HONORS & ACHIEVEMENTS n Kathryn Mothershead of Cape Girardeau was a member of the national championship xTax team from Baylor University that competed Washington, D.C., to address tax policy issues. n Shaina Grigery of Sikeston, Mo., attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C...
How to make a hot air balloon at home (04/03/09)
Using a few items from around the house you can make your own hot air balloon. Materials n Hair dryer n Trash bag n Tap Instructions STEP 1: Using the hair dryer fill the trash bag with hot air. NOTE: You will get the best results with this experiment if it's done outside on a cold morning...
neXt cal (04/03/09)
Friday n Second annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival @ downtown Cape Girardeau, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. n Chapel Choir @ Grace United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. n "Ye Shall Be Witnesses" Easter pageant @ First Baptist Church, Jackson, 7 p.m. n "Angels in America" @Rust Flexible Theatre, 7:30 p.m...
Legacy of 1980s music cloven by new film, musical (04/03/09)
NEW YORK -- Whitesnake. Cinderella. Flock of Seagulls. These did little to help the legacy of 1980s rock music. Did The Replacements, Husker Du and Crowded House do enough to save it? Two new works, the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" and the new Greg Mottola film "Adventureland," present opposite soundtracks for the Reagan era: While the stage production revels in hair-band kitsch, the more indie-minded "Adventureland" is nostalgic for the sounds of `80s underground...
Megan Joy likes birds, flies like one from 'Idol' (04/03/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Megan Joy says she was just being goofy and showing her love of birds when she flapped her way across the "American Idol" stage. "I love birds and bird noises," said Joy, who was eliminated from the TV show Wednesday. "I just decided that if I'm going out, I'm going out with a bang and I'm just going to be myself. So I ... flew the whole time."...
Bill Garner (04/03/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Bill Garner, 70, of Dexter died April 2, 2009, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born May 17, 1938, at Dexter, son of Bert and Goldie Dillingham Garner. He and Betty Sue LeBeau were married May 20, 1962, at Dexter. He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) in Dexter, the former co-owner of Garner Appliance in Dexter and a former maintenance employee for the Dexter School District...
Loyd Huffman (04/03/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Loyd Huffman, 85, of Advance died April 2, 2009, at Advance Nursing Center. He was born May 19, 1923, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Lee and Ida Barks Huffman. He and Anna Lois Eaker were married Nov. 29, 1946, in Marble Hill, Mo...
Betty Giesler (04/03/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Betty Jo Giesler, 74, of Perryville died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at her home. She was born July 26, 1934, at Arab, Mo., daughter of Roy A. and Geneva Nichols Lingle. She and James Cato were married Dec. 23, 1950, in Piggott, Ark. He died Nov. 14, 1968. She later married Adrian Giesler June 23, 1980, in St. Louis. He also preceded her in death...
Elva Townsend (04/03/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Elva Townsend, daughter of the late Bill and Fannie Bright Stacy, was born in Leora, Mo., on Jan. 9, 1922, and passed away at the Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at the age of 87. Mrs. Townsend lived in the Bloomfield area all her life...
Charles Smith (04/03/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Charles Clayton Smith, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. He was born April 1, 1923, in Whitewater, son of Arthur Vernon and Clola Idell Ramsey Smith. He and Pauline Virginia Birkman were married Sept. 19, 1945, in Arkansas...
Penny Leirer (04/03/09)
Penny Suzanne Leirer, 48, of Jackson lost her battle with cancer at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. The Lord called her home Thursday, April 2, 2009. One of five daughters, Penny was born Aug. 29, 1960, in Cape Girardeau, to Paul and Marilyn Grossheider Priest. She and Gary Leirer were married Oct. 16, 1982, in Jackson...
Morrell Godwin (04/03/09)
James Morrell Godwin, 89, of Oak Ridge died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Jan. 8, 1920, on a farm between Jackson and Oak Ridge, son of James Shelton and Daisy Cowan Godwin. Godwin grew up in a family of 10 children and attended a one-room school called Roberts School for his elementary schooling. After graduating from Jackson High School, Morrell began working at the Jackson Hosiery Mill...
Births 4/3/09 (04/03/09)
Horrell; Ackman; Blyzes; McDonald; Shores; Pierce; Sansone
Fire report 4/3/09 (04/03/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: n At 9:11 p.m., an illegal burn at 2500 Masters Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 5:56 a.m., a fire alarm in the 400 block of Normal Avenue. n At 6:25 a.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Maple Street...
Police report 4/3/09 (04/03/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Assault; Burglary; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrest; Summons; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 4/3/09 (04/03/09)
25 years ago: April 3, 1984 The windows at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau will be replaced with ones similar in appearance, following action taken by the County Court yesterday; the court voted to award a contract to E.R. Thompson and Co. of Cape Girardeau, low bidder for the base window project at $37,575...
Militia report warrants a complete investigation (04/03/09)
On March 20, reporters broke the astonishing news that a report from the Missouri Department of Public Safety was distributed to law enforcement agencies across our state that depicted Christians, anti-abortionists, advocates for protecting our borders and supporters of certain political candidates as potential "threats" to public safety...
Pig-Pen comes back as a spoiled feline (04/03/09)
Miss Kitty, our cat of unknown ancestry who now rules the Sullivan house as queen of all she surveys, has an annoying habit, one she is turning into a rebuke of those humans who fail to comply with her every command. Let's start at the beginning. Miss Kitty joined the Sullivan royal-free household a few years ago after being a stray. ...
Helping those in dire need (04/03/09)
For residents of towns along the Red River and the Missouri River in North Dakota, flooding is no stranger. Devastating inundations have become all too familiar, and this year's flooding has disrupted the lives of thousands whose homes, businesses, factories and schools have been affected in one way or another...
No more 'fight to the death' (04/03/09)
People who think they can shut down Rush Limbaugh are a prime example of the miscalculating danger and arrogance of ignorance President Obama is instituting in America. Rush Limbaugh is exercising his First Amendment rights. When the radical left was advancing its agenda with outrageous propaganda to neutralize opposition, its demands for free speech were always accompanied with this admonishment to the rest of us: "I may not agree with what he says, but I'll defend to the death his right to say it!". ...
When the pros arrive (04/03/09)
Early this year my wife slipped and broke her wrist. I called 911, and while my sense of time was off due to stress, it seemed as though I hung up the phone and three firefighters walked through the door. It was immediately obvious that the pros had arrived and everything was going to be OK. They used ice packs, concern and a professional sense of humor to care for us until the ambulance arrived...
Speak Out 4/3/09 (04/03/09)
Educators' challenge; Inappropriate content; Waiting for the rest; Not so insignificant; City expenses; Deadly bailouts; Mailbox access; Look in the mirror; Offensive plays; Play money; Great performance; Hear the message; Study the Chinese; Don't go overboard; Adapt to change
Small Town Boyz and the Famous Warped Tour (04/03/09)
Small Town Boyz are in the running for the Van's Warped Tour which includes a stop off in St. Louis at the VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER on 8/3/09. If you've already signed up for your FameCast account, and have been voting for Small Town Boyz in the Fender RoadWorn Competition, then you're ready for voting - no sign up requred...
Social Security Office Moving to New Location (04/03/09)
The Cape Girardeau Social Security Office will be moving on April 10th from the Federal Building at 339 Broadway to its new location at 2445 Cape Centre Drive. The office will reopen on April 13th at the new location. The telephone number will remain the same, 866-931-7077. Office hours are 9am-4pm M-F. The office will be closed on April 10th for the move. Social Security services can also be accessed online at www.socialsecurity.gov or through the nationwide tollfree number 1-800-772-1213...
Preparing for the Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale (04/03/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners have been spending the last few months preparing bedding and hanging plants for their 9th Annual Spring Plant Sale at the Conservation Department shelter in Arena Park. These plants, being raised with the gracious help of the folks at the SEMO Greenhouse, will be for sold on April 17, 3-7pm April 18, 7a-Noon...
Forty firefighters completed live fire training this past weekend on ethanol motor fuels. (04/03/09)
Firefighters from Jackson, Fruitland, East County, Perryville, Whitewater, Millersville, Black River, Cairo, and North County completed a special 12 hour program this past weekend on extinguishing fires involving the newest motor vehicle fuels that contain ethanol...
Fender Names Small Town Boyz in TOP 50 U.S. Bands (04/03/09)
Small Town Boyz have been named one of the TOP 50 bands in the 2009 Fender Road Worn Competion, but it's not over yet. Small Town Boyz are now competing for the TOP 25 ROUND in this competition that has spanned all across the U.S. One of the band members commented, "Hundreds have been cut from the competition, so we feel very fortunate to still be in this! We couldn't do this without our friends, family, and community support."...
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