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Legends and lessons: History comes to life during opening day of Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival (04/04/09)
More than 2,500 grade-school students got a new view of history Friday afternoon at the second annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. Storytellers from around the country enlightened students from Missouri and Illinois on such topics as Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's travels in the United States and Missouri native Bertha Gifford, America's first female serial killer...
Port Cape bar to be open tonight following lunchtime fire (04/04/09)
The bar at Port Cape Girardeau will be open tonight after firefighters extinguished a lunchtime cooking fire, said owner Doc Cain. About 25 people evacuated the downtown restaurant around 1 p.m. today. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes, battalion chief Brad Dillow said...
Noranda helps fund critics of AmerenUE-backed bill (04/04/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Southeast Missouri aluminum smelter has donated nearly $80,000 to fight efforts by AmerenUE to change how customers are billed for construction of electric power plants. State campaign finance records show Noranda Aluminum Inc. on Friday donated $78,570 to Missourians Against Higher Utility Rates. That committee is sponsoring ads critical of AmerenUE...
Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce announces educators of the year (04/04/09)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce announced its educators of the year Friday morning at the First Friday Coffee. The recipients are Dr .Jeremy Barnes, Southeast Missouri State University; Shawn Brooks, Alma Schrader Elementary; Yvonne Campbell, Jefferson Elementary; Sue Cook, Franklin and Clippard elementaries; and Patricia Heisserer, St. Vincent de Paul School...
Social Security office in Cape Girardeau to close one day next week, reopen in new site April 13 (04/04/09)
Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Social Security office will close for a day Friday and reopen April 13 in new quarters at 2445 Cape Centre Drive. The offices will move from 339 Broadway as part of a general move by federal agencies from the building, once Cape Girardeau's federal courthouse, empty sometime this year. The telephone number will remain the same, 866-931-7077. Office hours at the new location will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday...
W. Gale Lawley, Cape city manager in 1970s, dies in Texas at age 79 (04/04/09)
Southeast Missourian Former Cape Girardeau city manager W. Gale Lawley died Friday at age 79 in Dallas. Lawley was the second city manager of Cape Girardeau. He was hired officially July 1, 1970, and resigned effective February 1981 after a decade on the job. ...
Dutchtown candidates hope to stop town floods (04/04/09)
When the residents of Dutchtown incorporated in 1998, the No. 1 reason was to use the status as an official village to secure money for a flood control project. When massive rains sent floodwaters surging through town last year, it not only damaged most of the homes in this town of 100, it also exposed conflicts among village leaders over a proposed levee...
SEMO tuition to remain unchanged next year (04/04/09)
Tuition rates will remain the same next year for Southeast Missouri State University students. As part of a proposal from Gov. Jay Nixon, state funding for higher education will continue at the same levels as last year, provided institutions do not raise fees...
Scott County deputies recover $20,000 in stolen property (04/04/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Sheriff's Department recovered $20,000 worth of stolen property, leading to charges against three adults and two juveniles, according to a sheriff's department news release. Most of the items were stolen in March, but one item, an all-terrain vehicle, was stolen from the Kelso, Mo., area in December 2007. ...
Bloomfield man accused in standoff to get mental evaluation (04/04/09)
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...
Roadwork in Cape, Scott counties begins next week (04/04/09)
Southeast Missourian Construction on Perry Avenue/Perryville Road will continue Monday, closing the northbound lane of Perryville Road and Perry Avenue for two weeks for concrete repair work, the Cape Girardeau Public Works Department announced. Northbound traffic will be diverted from Perryville Road east to West End Boulevard at New Madrid Street, with detoured traffic being returned to Perryville Road via Bertling Street. ...
Stoddard County woman rescued from fallen shed (04/04/09)
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. ...
East Prairie man arrested on meth charge after seizure of mobile lab (04/04/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- A complaint of a suspicious package 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 that appeared to be intentionally placed on the side of the road, the news release said. ...
Buckner Brewing Co.'s bunny visits over weekend (04/04/09)
ELIZABETH DODD ~ edodd@semissourian.com Hops Harvey the Buckner Bunny visits with Tonya Henderson, 8, of Cape Girardeau, Friday at Buckner Brewing Company. ...
Kiwanis Club puts on annual party tonight at Arena Building in Cape (04/04/09)
The Kiwanis Club of Cape Girardeau is hosting its annual '50s and '60s rock and roll dance party from 8 p.m. to midnight today at the Arena Building. "The music from the '50s and '60s was just the most fun," said Fred Horrell, event organizer and Kiwanis member. "The melodies caught you and it had the beat to it. Folks usually stay all night and have a heck of a good time."...
Fire causes damage to Cape house (04/04/09)
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...
Blagojevich indictment alleges new heights of corruption in Illinois (04/04/09)
CHICAGO -- Rod Blagojevich's schemes and corruption stretch back beyond trying to sell a Senate seat, beyond handing out jobs to political donors and even beyond his first day in the Illinois governor's office, federal prosecutors say. While he campaigned on a promise to clean up after the scandals of the previous governor, Blagojevich and a handful of political pals already were planning to line their pockets and split the money after Blagojevich left office, according to a 19-count indictment.. ...
Work to begin on new Katy Trail segment in Kansas City area (04/04/09)
PLEASANT HILL, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said work will begin this month on linking the Kansas City area to the Katy Trail that stretches across the state. Nixon was in Pleasant Hill on Friday at what is planned to be the westernmost trail head of the trail. The 46-mile segment will link the area to Windsor, where the trail now passes...
Police: Car hit Florissant, Mo., nursing home on purpose (04/04/09)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Police say a man intentionally drove his car through the front doors of a St. Louis County nursing home Friday, causing the car to catch fire and injuring the driver and one resident. The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. at St. Sophia Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 240-bed facility in Florissant. After crashing through the front doors, the car came to a rest in the lobby and caught fire...
92 dogs found from alleged puppy mill in northwest Mo. (04/04/09)
WINSTON, Mo. -- Authorities have located 92 dogs and puppies and are searching for 100 more they believe were living in a squalid, unlicensed northwest Missouri puppy mill. The 92 small-breed dogs, including Yorkshire terriers, Pekingese, Chihuahuas, Maltese and miniature pinschers and poodles, were transported Friday from the Kansas City area to the Humane Society of Missouri's St. Louis headquarters, where they will be cared for...
Iowa Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage (04/04/09)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous decision that makes Iowa the third state -- and first in the nation's heartland -- to allow same-sex couples to wed. Iowa joins only Massachusetts and Connecticut in permitting same-sex marriage. For six months last year, California's high court allowed gay marriage before voters banned it in November...
Obama to ease Cuba travel restrictions, according to report (04/04/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama intends to lift the U.S. ban on family members traveling to Cuba and remittances to the island, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The move would fulfill a pledge Obama made during the presidential campaign and could signal a new openness with the communist nation, the newspaper said on its website...
Chief justice blocks release of sex offenders (04/04/09)
WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts has granted the Obama administration's request to the Supreme Court to block the release of certain sex offenders who have completed their federal prison terms. The federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., had earlier invalidated a law allowing the indefinite commitment of "sexually dangerous" prison inmates...
Gunman blocks New York center's door, kills 13, self (04/04/09)
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A gunman barricaded the back door of a community center with his car and then opened fire on a room full of immigrants taking a citizenship class Friday, killing 13 people before apparently committing suicide, officials said...
Doctor in N.J. hepatitis B case has his license suspended (04/04/09)
NEWARK, N.J. -- State regulators Friday temporarily suspended the medical license of a doctor who health officials suspect is linked to a hepatitis B outbreak. Nearly 3,000 of Dr. Parvez Dara's patients have been warned to get tested after five cancer patients tested positive for the disease, which is transmitted through exposure to infected blood and can cause serious liver damage...
Egyptian student found not guilty of bomb charges (04/04/09)
TAMPA, Fla. -- In an emotional conclusion to a federal trial, an Egyptian student was found not guilty on charges of carrying explosives that prosecutors said could have been used to build a dangerous rocket. Youssef Samir Megahed's family teared up as the jury read its verdict Friday afternoon, finding him not guilty of carrying explosives across state lines and possessing a destructive device...
Fried chicken restaurants under fire for Obama name (04/04/09)
NEW YORK -- Two New York City fried chicken restaurants in predominantly black neighborhoods are under fire for putting President Obama's name on their signs. City Councilman Charles Barron said Friday that he will organize a demonstration next week outside Obama Fried Chicken in his Brooklyn district. Organizers said they also may target Obama Fried Chicken & Pizza in Harlem...
New photos of aftermath of MLK killing published (04/04/09)
ATLANTA -- Newly published photographs of the aftermath of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. languished for decades in Life magazine's archive before being published on the magazine's website this week. About a dozen black-and-white pictures that went online Thursday include scenes of King's associates meeting solemnly in the civil rights leader's motel room and standing on the balcony where he stood for the last time, and workers cleaning the last of the blood...
Jobless in Massachusetts making TV ads pitching themselves for work (04/04/09)
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Jayna Dinsmore dressed in a sharp pink blouse and black slacks and made the pitch she hoped would end her five months of unemployment: Experienced marketing manager and analyst. Diverse background. Trade show experience. Only she wasn't talking to an interviewer. She was talking to a TV camera...
Wall Street logs fourth week of gains (04/04/09)
NEW YORK -- Not even more job losses could get in the stock market's way Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average ended above 8,000 for the first time in nearly two months, and logged a fourth straight week of gains. The last time the Dow rose for four consecutive weeks was between September and October 2007 -- when the index reached its record above 14,000...
Video of woman being flogged shakes Pakistan peace accord (04/04/09)
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani authorities ordered inquiries Friday into a video showing the public flogging of a screaming woman in a northwestern valley where officials have yielded to Taliban demands for Islamic law. A militant spokesman defended the punishment, fueling a furor that cast more doubt on a creaking peace deal in the Swat valley that U.S. officials fear has created another haven for allies of al-Qaida...
North Korea says satellite launch coming 'soon' (04/04/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said preparations to launch a communications satellite into space were complete this morning, and liftoff was imminent. Spy satellites trained high-resolution cameras on a coastal launch pad for a launch the North earlier advised international authorities would take place sometime between today and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m....
Saxony bats take toll on Bell City (04/04/09)
Junior Seth Stevens went hitless in Saxony Lutheran's first three games, but he delivered RBI singles each time he stepped to plate against Bell City on Friday. "First couple games I've just been a little off, but I've been working on it," Stevens said. "And this game I started hitting it and it feels really good."...
Rams win pitching duel in tourney (04/04/09)
Shae Simmons had a dominating display on the mound Friday as the Scott City baseball team nipped Sullivan 1-0 in the Festus tournament. Simmons, a senior who has signed to play at Southeast Missouri State, fired a one-hitter and struck out 18 in going the seven-inning distance...
Nutt appears to have his first assistant (04/04/09)
All signs point to Dickey Nutt's first hire as Southeast Missouri State's basketball coach being Jeremy Case. The Lawrence-Journal World reported this week that Case, a former Kansas University player, has landed a job as a Southeast assistant. Nutt, when contacted Friday, would neither confirm nor deny that Case will be joining the Redhawks...
Colbert finishes seventh in first day of Haines Invitational (04/04/09)
Brandon Colbert of host Southeast Missouri State finished seventh in the men's hammer throw as the Joey Haines Invitational track and field meet began at the Abe Stuber Complex. Colbert was the only Southeast entrant in the hammer throw, the lone event on Friday's schedule. His distance was 175 feet, 2 inches...
Southeast to host OVC baseball power (04/04/09)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team will look to continue the program's best league start in 26 years. Standing in the way will be the Ohio Valley Conference's top squad over the past five years -- Jacksonville State. The squads will have a three-game series at Capaha Field beginning with today's 1 p.m. doubleheader -- Kohlfeld Distributing will provide free food and beverages -- followed by Sunday's 1 p.m. contest...
Redhawks foursome to compete at NCAA regional (04/04/09)
Southeast Missouri State gymnastics coach Tom Farden would rather be with his entire squad in Arkansas. Farden had to settle for four of his athletes -- not that he's complaining. Despite missing out on a team postseason berth, Southeast will be well represented at tonight's NCAA South Central Regional in Fayetteville, Ark...
OU's Griffin voted AP player of the year (04/04/09)
DETROIT -- Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin was the runaway choice as The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year. The 6-foot-10 Griffin averaged 22.7 points and led the nation with 14.4 rebounds per game while shooting a Big 12 record 65.4 percent from the field. Griffin led the Sooners to a 30-6 record and the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.Griffin had 30 double-doubles this season...
North Carolina plays role of favorite in Final Four (04/04/09)
DETROIT -- They're not quite who we thought they were. North Carolina isn't exactly that group of kids who just couldn't resist banding together to take another shot at winning the national title. Villanova isn't exactly that lovable little underdog looking for the perfect game, a la the 1985 title team led by Rollie Massimino...
MU board approves contract (04/04/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The new seven-year deal for Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson has been approved by the university board. The board OK'd the contract Friday after the school announced the new deal earlier this week. Anderson will earn $1.35 million each year as well as an additional $200,000 in deferred annual payments...
Cornley leads Penn State to NIT title (04/04/09)
NEW YORK -- Jamelle Cornley scored 18 points and the Penn State used a big second half to beat Baylor 69-63 on Thursday night and win the NIT title. It was just the second postseason tournament championship in school history. Super sophomore Talor Battle added 12 points, all in the second half, for the Nittany Lions (27-11)...
St. Louis pounds Memphis affiliate (04/04/09)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Albert Pujols drove in six runs and Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds 13-1 on Friday night at AutoZone Park. Pujols launched a two-run homer onto the left-field bluff in the third inning -- his second homer of the spring -- and hit a three-run double into the left-field corner in the fourth...
Way of the Cross (04/04/09)
Nearly every Good Friday since 2001, Jan Rigdon has gathered with fellow Christians for a stroll through downtown Cape Girardeau to commemorate Jesus' crucifixion. This Friday will be no different when Rigdon and about 100 other ministers and lay people are expected to participate in the Way of the Cross, a devotional journey sponsored by the Downtown Council of Churches. ...
Religion calendar 4/4/09 (04/04/09)
Music Concert David Patillo performs at Bethany Baptist Church. When: 6:30 p.m. today Where: 1712 Randol Ave., Cape Girardeau Cantata The chancel choir cantata "Come, Touch the Robe" at Centenary United Methodist Church features an 18-piece orchestra and KFVS12 anchor Jim Burns...
Let joy be the foundation of your life (04/04/09)
"I am the recipient of unexpected joy," was how the card was signed. This hand-penned note (handwritten notes always carry more weight than e-mail) expressed in simple words an abundance of living. This is a good tag line; I have referenced it more than once...
The weight of small words (04/04/09)
There is some food that is so good to eat it sets my mouth to watering. Chicken on biscuits, for example. Angelfood cake, with or without icing. All of us probably have our favorites. Since coming to Southeast Missouri, I have had the best bean soup of my life in a little country store in Leopold that serves lunch to a coterie of regular customers. ...
George Harrison to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (04/04/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Paul McCartney may have a knighthood, but it's George Harrison who is receiving the royal treatment from the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month. Harrison will receive a star on the fabled walk April 14, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Friday. His widow, Olivia Harrison, and his son, Dhani, are expected to attend the unveiling...
Loreen Gladish (04/04/09)
Loreen Gladish Loreen Jane Gladish, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 2, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Lorese Gury (04/04/09)
Lorese Gury DONGOLA, Ill. -- Lorese Brown Gury, 93, of St. Louis, formerly of Dongola, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, Ill...
Waymon Gale Lawley (04/04/09)
Waymon G. Lawley DALLAS. -- Gale Lawley, 79, died Friday, April 3, 2009 in Dallas. Gale was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Davis, Okla., to Carl and Hattie Horn Lawley. He attended high school in Kilgore, Texas, served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict, received a bachelor of science degree from Texas Christian University and later attended University of Kansas as a post graduate. He was married to Joyce Oliver from 1963 until her death in 1990...
Police report 4/4/09 (04/04/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Charlotte M. Wren, 30, 2416 Hilltop Lane, was arrested on suspicion of stealing and fraudulent use of a credit device...
Fire report 4/4/09 (04/04/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 3:32 p.m., mutual aid/emergency medical service at Bloomfield Road and Stonebridge Drive. n At 5:15 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of Broadway...
Out of the past 4/4/09 (04/04/09)
25 years ago: April 4, 1984 David Barklage, a 22-year-old Southeast Missouri State University student, outdistanced the field in yesterday's Cape Girardeau municipal election to win a place on the city council; two incumbents, Peter Hilty and Curtis Smith, were re-elected to the council...
Correction 4/4/09 (04/04/09)
An article in Friday's edition about elections for seats on the Millersville Fire District board incorrectly identified the source of a complaint to the Missouri Ethics Commission. The complaint was filed by district board member Lori Aufdenberg. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Reassessments (04/04/09)
Counties across Missouri are in the midst of their every-other-year reassessment process. County assessors will be notifying owners by May of the values at which their property will be assessed for tax purposes. Under reassessment, property is supposed to be taxed based on current market values. ...
Repeal the 22nd Amendment (04/04/09)
It has become increasingly evident that the agenda of our new president, Barack Obama, is aggressive. But there is a good reason for this, as there is much that desperately needs to be done. The only way to get everything accomplished is to give President Obama more time in office. Eight years simply isn't going to be enough for him or this country...
Speak Out 4/4/09 (04/04/09)
Best of luck; Tea protest; Sounds familiar; Restoring sanity; Constant reminder; Control the Fed
Prayer 4/4/09 (04/04/09)
Hear us, O God, when we confess our shortcomings, and forgive us. Amen.
Non traditional Easter Service (04/04/09)
Marble Hill First Assembly of God will be hosting a very special Easter service on Sunday, April 12 at 11 AM. It will be unlike your traditional Easter Sunday service. It will feature ventriloquism, puppets, gospel illusions and special music. Pastor Dan and Carmen Montgomery have traveled professionally over the years conducting special family crusades, Kid's Camps, Public School Assemblies and Special Community Events. ...
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