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Investigation continues in death at Holcim plant (04/17/09)
BLOOMSDALE, Mo. -- Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Wood River, Ill., construction worker who died at the Holcim cement plant earlier in the week. At around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday an ambulance responded to the plant near Ste. Genevieve after it was reported that Vincent Lavite, 38, had fallen from scaffolding. Lavite was airlifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where he died in the emergency room...
Concerns raised over how Scott County 911 calls are documented (04/17/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- There will be some changes in the way Scott County and its ambulance districts document emergency calls. On Thursday, commissioners met with representatives of the NBC Fire Protection District and North Scott County Ambulance District during their regular session. The meeting was in response to concerns brought up by Shawna Smith, who works with both agencies...
Jackson man dies in Thursday afternoon accident (04/17/09)
STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, Mo. - A 27-year-old Jackson man died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon. Barry E. Brueggeman was turning onto Route C from Highway 32 and was traveling too fast around 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The load in his 2000 Kenworth tractor trailer shifted, causing his vehicle to overturn...
Remains found near Poplar Bluff likely those of missing elderly woman (04/17/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Clothing and personal items found with the human remains in an area east of Poplar Bluff have led authorities to believe with "great certainty" they belong to an elderly woman who has been missing for more than five years. "At approximately 2:30 (p.m.) Wednesday, we were alerted by a citizen who had been riding an (all-terrain vehicle) that he had found possible human remains in a heavily wooded, brushy area in the 1700 block of B Highway," Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs explained.. ...
Perryville city administrator thinks job could be in danger (04/17/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The city administrator of Perryville said he is unsure whether he will keep his job, following a closed-session meeting at city hall Wednesday night. Bill Lewis, city administrator, interim public works director and manager of Perryville's airport, said he was not at the meeting but received a letter Thursday saying the board would discuss the issue with him at the next city council meeting...
Memorial service held for Scott County woman who disappeared 30 years ago (04/17/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- More than 200 friends, family members and law enforcement officers filled the pews at St. Denis Church in Benton Friday night to observe the 30-year-old mystery of Cheryl Ann Scherer's disappearence. Scherer, a 19-year-old whose family lived on a farm in old Illmo, Mo., was abducted 30 years ago Friday during an apparent robbery of the Rhodes Pump-Ur-Own-Service station where she worked on Main Street in Scott City...
Jackson man charged with raping, assaulting ex-girlfriend (04/17/09)
A 31-year-old Jackson man faces felony charges for allegedly raping, assaulting and sodomizing a woman while he held her against her will in her mobile home. Daniel S. Reid was charged Thursday with forcible rape, forcible sodomy, felonious restraint and first-degree assault. ...
Cape police say alleged robbery victim may have impersonated police officer (04/17/09)
A woman who reported a robbery Wednesday night to Cape Girardeau police may have tried to impersonate a police officer to attempt to recover her possessions, police said. The robbery was reported at 7 p.m., when the woman went to the police department and stated she'd been robbed by a man from whom she'd accepted a ride...
Former Scott County court clerk sentenced for stealing from circuit court (04/17/09)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A former Scott County employee accused of stealing was sentenced Tuesday. Stacy Forck, who was charged with stealing $2,688.50 from the Scott County Circuit Court on Nov. 12, was granted suspended imposition of sentence during her appearance Tuesday before Judge Fred Copeland. Forck was placed on two years' unsupervised probation with the condition she make full restitution...
Stove fire sends Cape Girardeau man to hospital (04/17/09)
An early morning stove fire in a Cape Girardeau apartment sent one man to a local hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded at 2:44 a.m. Thursday to 1826 Dunklin St., Apt. 4, where they discovered light to moderate smoke coming from the front of the structure...
Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra to perform in China next month (04/17/09)
Members of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will leave the Mississippi River behind when they travel to the Far East next month, but they will bring along music inspired by the river. "It's kind of like we're taking our river and sharing it with China," said Dr. Sara Edgerton, the orchestra's artistic director...
Preliminary hearing set for suspect in 1979 Cape Girardeau murder (04/17/09)
A preliminary hearing has been set for a man charged in connection with a murder that occurred in Cape Girardeau nearly 30 years ago. Max Ellison, 61, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., had an initial appearance at 11 a.m. Thursday before Cape Girardeau County Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp, according to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle...
Police officers to play full-contact football game Saturday (04/17/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Enforcers will battle the Springfield Guns in a tackle football game Saturday at Houck Stadium. The game, the fourth time the two groups of law enforcement officers have faced one another, begins at 3 p.m., according to Cape Girardeau County Sgt. Shawn Adams...
Remains of Poplar Bluff soldier coming home 58 years later (04/17/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Fifty-eight years after a young soldier was reported missing during the Korean War, his remains are returning to Missouri. The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office announced Thursday that the remains of Pfc. David Woodruff of Poplar Bluff have been identified and will be returned for burial with full military honors Wednesday at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis...
Southeast Missouri roads to be closed for repairs (04/17/09)
Route U in Bollinger County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a drainage pipe under the road, the department announced. The section of road between Highway 34 and County Road 452 will be affected. If weather allows, work will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m...
Health-care overhaul shouldn't be rushed, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson says at Cape Girardeau forum (04/17/09)
Overhauling health insurance coverage in a way that can win support from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress is an idea that should not be rushed, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said Thursday. Speaking at the end of a two-hour forum on health care at Cross Trails Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Emerson noted that President Obama has called on Congress to enact sweeping changes that would cut deeply into the estimated 50 million Americans without health insurance. ...
Scott County commissioners tour damaged county roads (04/17/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County's roads are in not too bad a condition but still need a lot of repairs. Scott County commissioners toured about half of the county's roads with county highway department superintendent Norman Brant during their regular meeting Tuesday...
Humane Society gets custody of 102 dogs (04/17/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A judge has granted custody of 102 dogs taken from an alleged Daviess County puppy mill to the Humane Society of Missouri. A Jackson County judge made the ruling Thursday. The Humane Society is caring for the dogs in St. Louis. Some will be put up for adoption next week. Those interested in adopting are encouraged to visit the Humane Society Web site, www.hsmo.org...
Biden focuses on affordable higher education (04/17/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Friday pledged to close gaps between family incomes and college costs to make higher education a reality for more American students. Biden said he will ask the Treasury Department to look into how to make family college-savings plans more effective and reliable. ...
VP Biden announces $4B in smart energy grid grants (04/17/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Vice President Joe Biden used a visit to a mid-Missouri transformer factory Thursday to highlight how the federal economic stimulus package is propelling a new wind-energy project and spinning off jobs. Speaking from the factory floor of ABB Inc., Biden announced the Department of Energy will award about $4 billion in grants under the stimulus package to improve the nation's electric grid...
Citigroup, GE earnings lift hopes for economy (04/17/09)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A flurry of better-than-expected bank earnings reports this week, coupled with some tentatively encouraging economic data, suggest the economy and the financial system might not be quite as sick as many had believed. Or are they? Facing conflicting evidence, analysts are wrestling with whether the economy is making a fitful climb back up -- or whether the crisis will get worse before it gets better...
Mystery donors give nearly $45 million to eight universities (04/17/09)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A mystery is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least eight universities have received gifts totaling nearly $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity...
U.S. crew tells of showdown with Somali pirates (04/17/09)
OXON HILL, Md. -- "If I die, I'm going to take someone else with me," one seaman vowed, grabbing a knife as alarms pierced the Maersk Alabama and pirates with assault weapons clambered aboard. Back home safe with their families Thursday, the cargo ship's crew described a harrowing contest of wits and mismatched weapons for control of the vessel...
Al Capone may have had 1 last hit - a musical one (04/17/09)
CHICAGO -- He never sang to the feds, but it turns out Al Capone had a song in his heart. All it took was a stint in Alcatraz to bring it out. Now, more than 70 years later, the tender love song that the ruthless crime boss penned while sitting in the pen is being recorded and released on CD. And an inscribed copy of the music and lyrics to "Madonna Mia" is up for sale at $65,000...
Fla. seeks to stop thieves from mailing in jewelry (04/17/09)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The TV commercials make it sound easy: Gather your unwanted gold jewelry, mail it away and get cash in return. But police say thieves also see the ads and are exploiting mail-in jewelry businesses as an easy way to sell stolen goods...
Obama outlines vision for rail network (04/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday outlined plans for a high-speed rail network he said would change the way Americans travel, drawing comparisons to the 1950s creation of the interstate highway system. Obama was careful to point out that his plan was only a down payment on an ambitious plan that, if realized, could connect Chicago and St. Louis, Orlando and Miami, Portland and Seattle and dozens of other metropolitan areas around the country with high-speed trains...
Injured Va. Tech students mark second anniversary of shootings (04/17/09)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Two years after they were wounded by a gunman who sprayed bullets through their German class at Virginia Tech, Katelyn Carney and Derek O'Dell helped the campus mark the second anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history...
Obama in Mexico, pledges help to slow flow of U.S. weapons (04/17/09)
MEXICO CITY -- Confronting a Mexican drug war that is "sowing chaos in our communities," President Obama signaled Thursday he will not seek renewal of a U.S. assault weapons ban but instead will step up enforcement of laws banning the transfer of such guns across the border...
Russia ends Chechen anti-terror operation (04/17/09)
GROZNY, Russia -- Chechens danced in the streets and waved flags to celebrate Russia's decision Thursday to end its decadelong counterterrorism operation in the war-weary southern region. The order by President Dmitry Medvedev paves the way for the withdrawal of tens of thousands of federal troops, whose presence has been hugely unpopular amid allegations of widespread abuses against civilians...
Slice of 1871 wedding cake put up for sale (04/17/09)
LONDON -- Would you pay $215 for a slice of very stale cake? That's what an antiques fair in Birmingham hoped to earn Thursday when people bid for the remnant from one of Britain's most controversial royal weddings. The cake is thought to be the only surviving item from the 1871 wedding of Queen Victoria's fourth daughter, Princess Louise, to the Marquis of Lorne...
Central's Simmons claws out share of medalist honors (04/17/09)
Central senior Tim Simmons thinks one of the easiest holes to play at Dalhousie Golf Course is No. 6, but it ended up being one of the more difficult ones for him Thursday. "I have to admit coming down the stretch, the last hole on 6, it is one of the easier holes on this course," Simmons said. "I made it look like one of the toughest. I actually bogeyed the last hole and was really kicking myself about that because I figured at that point I had given the tournament away by one shot."...
High school roundup: Simmons strikes out 17 in Scott City win (04/17/09)
Shae Simmons turned in a masterful performance to lead Scott City's baseball team past Chaffee on Thursday. Simmons, who already signed to play at Southeast Missouri State next season, struck out 17 and allowed one hit in the Rams' 2-0 home victory...
Southeast finalizes football schedule (04/17/09)
Southeast Missouri State football fans will get an early look at the Redhawks, as they play two of their first three games at Houck Stadium. Southeast opens against Quincy on Sept. 3, a Thursday, at 6 p.m. at Houck Stadium. The university released the schedule Thursday...
Redhawks set to host Cougars (04/17/09)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team is about to get an extended look at a future Ohio Valley Conference opponent. Southeast hosts Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in a four-game series beginning with tonight's 6 p.m. contest. There will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday -- both games will be seven innings -- and 1 p.m. contest Sunday...
Blues drop fall to Canucks in opener 2-1 (04/17/09)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Special teams were supposed to favor the St. Louis Blues in their first-round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks. It certainly didn't help them in the opening game Wednesday night. Daniel Sedin scored the first goal on a delayed penalty and set up Sami Salo's power-play marker, and Roberto Luongo made the best of his 25 saves while killing off a 5-on-3 to help the Canucks beat the Blues 2-1...
Cardinals club Cubs (04/17/09)
CHICAGO -- Chris Duncan is back and better than ever -- at the plate, anyway. Despite some adventuresome fielding, the St. Louis Cardinals are happy to have Duncan back in the lineup every day. "When he's healthy, he's clutch," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Thursday after Duncan atoned for some adventurous fielding with a home run, two singles and three RBIs in the Cardinals' 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs...
Jackson's Small Town Boyz to open for nationally touring band at Show Me Center (04/17/09)
The members of Small Town Boyz were practicing when they heard the unexpected news: They were in the lineup to open for Ludo, a nationally known touring band. "We all just freaked out," Nik Scarpaci said. "We were bouncing off the walls excited." The band, with seven members ranging in age from 12 to 16, will open for an all-ages concert at 8 p.m. ...
Submit your prom pictures (04/17/09)
Prom season has begun. Southeast Missourian photographers will be at proms through May getting shots of you dressed to the nines, but in case we miss you, submit your own photos to the Your Photos section on semissourian.com. Be sure to include names and descriptions with the photo, and check the neXt page to see if we print what you sent...
Education briefs 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
SCHOLARSHIPS HONORS & ACHIEVEMENTS -- From staff reports ...
Hooked on science: Air takes up space (04/17/09)
Grab a few materials from around the house to determine what's invisible, all around us and takes up space. Materials Instructions STEP 1: Fill the bowl with water. STEP 2: Place the paper towel into the cup and push the paper towel to the bottom of the cup...
Ste. Genevieve Center for the Arts holds high school show (04/17/09)
The Center for the Arts in Ste. Genevieve will hold a juried show open to high school artists. The show is open to any high school student attending the public or private high schools within a 60-mile radius of Ste. Genevieve. Homeschooled students ages 14 to 18 also are eligible...
Choosing sides in the pizza war (04/17/09)
Pizza. It's not just something delicious to eat. It's also a fighting word. Blame President Obama. The man claims to be from Chicago. He mastered the art of Chicago politics. He walked the streets of Chicago as a community organizer. He wooed Chicago voters to win elections to the Illinois statehouse and then as a U.S. senator from Illinois. And Illinois voters -- most of them call Chicago home -- voted for Obama in last year's presidential election...
Ernestine Risley (04/17/09)
Ernestine Risley, 79, of Pulaski, Ill., died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Green Lawn Memorial Garden in Villa Ridge, Ill...
Hubert Bachmann (04/17/09)
Hubert H. Bachmann, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hanover Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Crosstown, Mo...
Mary Ellen Rutherford (04/17/09)
Mary Ellen Rutherford, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau...
Paul Bryant (04/17/09)
Paul Edward Bryant, 74, of Scott City died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 11, 1934, in Palestine, Ill., son of Lawrence W. and Lena Sparks Bryant. He and Glenda Lee Milligan were married July 2, 1960...
Dathel Kynion (04/17/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Dathel "Louise" Kynion, 68, of Advance passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 3, 1940, at Gipsy, Mo., daughter of William and Esther Gribler Gregory. Louise and Kenny Kynion were united in marriage Oct. 1, 1966, at Zalma, Mo...
Joyce Leming (04/17/09)
Joyce Birk Leming, 78, of Jackson died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 25, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Rhienard and Beaulah Brown Birk. She and Charles C. "Bud" Leming were married June 17, 1951, in Little Rock, Ark. They were happily married 35 years. He preceded her in death Dec. 27, 2005...
Births 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
Barrett; Arnold; Lucious; Vetter; Glueck; Olson; Scamell
Police report 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Jackson: DWIs; Arrests; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Southeast Missouri State University: Theft
Fire report 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
25 years ago: April 17, 1984 The city engineering staff has been asked by Mayor Howard C. Tooke to come up with a plan that could lead to asphalt paving of all gravel streets in residential areas of Cape Girardeau. Tipton Appliances Inc., a St. Louis retailer operating a number of outlets throughout this part of the Midwest, has leased 10,000 square feet of space in the south end of the Lowell's Jewelers and Distributors Inc. ...
Correction 2 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
In Thursday's article about wristbands should have said that Southeast Missouri Hospital has used yellow wristbands for two-and-a-half years. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Correction 1 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
Morley Swingle will sign copies of "The Prosecution Rests" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Barnes & Noble. The Southeast Missourian regrets this error.
Thanks to United Way campaign volunteers (04/17/09)
Last spring, shortly after being named chairman of the United Way of Southeast Missouri's 2008 campaign, I had the opportunity to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu speak on the subject of volunteerism at the United Way of America's 2008 leadership conference in Baltimore. "Do your little bit of good where you are," he said. "It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."...
Who needs assault weapons? (04/17/09)
. For years we have been looking for something we can manufacture in the U.S. and export for a profit. At last we have found it: guns. Only the exports can't be recorded because the guns are smuggled into Mexico illegally. Kudos to Alexandra Olson of The Associated Press for her April 2 article reporting that the ATF had traced and found that 95 percent of the guns seized at scenes of drug violence in Mexico were from the U.S., and the weapons were increasingly higher powered, including .50-caliber Barrett rifles and ammunition that can pierce the armor of the Mexican soldiers.. ...
House bargains (04/17/09)
Like other economic clouds, there are silver linings beginning to show after months of recession. In the Cape Girardeau area, one of those bright spots is the real estate market. Real estate brokers say this area's housing market hasn't been hit as hard as other parts of the country, and there are indications that home sales this month will top last year's figures...
More research, with more sanity, needed to address climate change (04/17/09)
Recently someone said that a consensus exists and that the world's experts agree global warming is man's fault. In science, when does consensus mean absolute or, as Al Gore so emphatically stated, no more discussion is necessary? Many of us everyday people find it difficult to believe that statement just because Gore says so...
Museum to feature anniversaries (04/17/09)
We want to make sure you know about all the exciting things happening at the Cape River Heritage Museum this spring. We will be celebrating four important milestones in local history: the 100th anniversary of the fire department, the 100th anniversary of Louis Houck's books on Missouri history, the 70th anniversary of the sharecroppers roadside demonstration in the Bootheel and the 50th anniversary of Jerry Ford's musical career. ...
Speak Out 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
Economic lesson; School facilities; Easter blessing; Smokers' expense; Not for the courts; Here's a plan
Prayer 4/17/09 (04/17/09)
For the joy of music and art and the beauty of creative minds, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
Guard to partner with Red Cross for second annual blood drive (04/17/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo -- The 1140th Engineer Battalion is teaming up again with the Southeast Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive that will be held at the Cape Girardeau armory on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The armory is located at 2626 Independence St...
Lisa Detention Basin Completed (04/17/09)
Residents of the Melrose and Glenridge neighborhoods are ready for April showers with the completion of the Lisa Street Detention Basin. The Cape Girardeau Public Works Department identified the Lisa Street Detention Basin as a priority item several years ago but the funding was not available. When voters passed the sales tax to benefit the stormwater abatement fund in August 2008, the City acted quickly...
Captain Buck Leyhe (04/17/09)
In looking at the "out of the past",I saw a note about Captain Buck Lehye. I was interning at Barnes Hospital in 1951-52. A new patient had been admitted that I was to exam. It was Capt. Buck Lehye of the Eagle Boat Company. When I entered the room and introduced myself, he BOOMED "was your father Billy Bahn(Bahn Brothers Hardware owner)". ...
Cape County 4-H Member Wins National Award (04/17/09)
Tyler Lappe is a 9 year member of the Arnsberg 4-H Club. He is from Oak Ridge and has recently received a National 4-H award that has been previously won by only two other Missouri 4-H members. Tyler has been chosen to serve as one of the teen representative on the National 4-H Congress Planning committee. ...
6th Annual Multi-County Women's Conference (04/17/09)
"SAVE THE DATE" Conference Theme: A Healthier Approach To Life When: Friday, October 16, 2009 Where: Tanner Street Church of God located at 619 Tanner St., Sikeston, MO Time: 8:00 a.m. Registration, 8:45 a.m. Program Begins Cost: Free admission & Lunch is provided at no cost...
Dogwood (04/17/09)
Pretty dogwood blooms at the Conservation Center on Hwy 61 , Cape Girardeau MO.
Latest Fashion Trend (04/17/09)
Aprons are back ! They are today's latest fashion trend . This beautiful apron was made by quilter Marge Suedekum.
Black Rat Snake (04/17/09)
A Black Rat Snake at the Conservation Center at Cape Girardeau MO.
playing ball (04/17/09)
By: 4/17/09 Playing t ball in frona
Swamp Lily (04/17/09)
Strange but beautiful Swamp Lily , Conservation Center on Hwy 61, Cape Girardeau MO.
Red Wasp (04/17/09)
A red wasp collecting pollen on a fragrant sumac bush at the Conservation Center at Cape Girardeau.
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