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Re-enactors fire cannon at Fort D Days in Cape Girardeau (05/03/09)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Civil War re-enactors, members of the Turner Brigade with the 1st Missouri Engineers Company E, fire a 3/4-size replica of a 3-inch ordnance rifled cannon Saturday at Fort D. Activities at the historic earthworks fort in south Cape Girardeau continue today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m....
Despite rain, fundraising event marches up Broadway (05/03/09)
During Saturday morning's chilly showers, about 180 people dressed in their rainy-weather gear met in downtown Cape Girardeau and ventured out for a wet walk in support of March for Babies. As early as 8 a.m., teams gathered at the Riverfront Park Pavilion between Main and Water streets to take part in the two-mile walk following Broadway to Houck Stadium and back...
Stories of the past told at Cape fire department's 100-year celebration (05/03/09)
Jim Baker arrived at the 100th anniversary of Cape Girardeau's first fire station and "could barely wait to get out of the car," said his daughter, Jodie Kimbel, of Jackson. Jim "Bake" Baker, 81, made captain two years after joining the department in 1951. ...
Jackson girl, Thebes boy win Cape Soap Box Derby (05/03/09)
Two drivers will compete in the national Soap Box Derby after winning Saturday's races on North Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau. Ally McHughs, 10, of Jackson won the stock division, and her cousin, Zachary McHughs, 9, of Thebes, Ill., took first place in the super stock division. This was Zachary's first competition. They will compete in the national race in Akron, Ohio, on July 25...
Southeast Missouri job losses mount in the first quarter of 2009 (05/03/09)
Southeast Missouri mirrored the national economy in the first three months of the year as job losses mounted, increasing demand for safety net services and cutting into sales at many retailers. And more robust businesses can attribute part of their success to the misery of others -- restaurant and hotel receipts showed strong growth in Cape Girardeau at the same time areas to the south were caked in ice...
The Community College Option, Part 1: Students not ready for 4-year college have limited options in furthering their education (05/03/09)
Editor's note: This series will address community college needs in the Cape Girardeau area. Part one will look at underserved students. On subsequent Wednesdays the series will analyze issues with employers and other education providers....
Illinois farmer discovers deer he shot was an oddity (05/03/09)
FULTS, Ill. -- The first day of last year's firearm deer season yielded an oddity for Glenn Voelker. Voelker, a 64-year-old grain farmer from Fults, shot a 10-point buck from a ground blind in Monroe County on Nov. 21. The buck field-dressed at 184 pounds, and the rack was one of the biggest of Voelker's hunting career, which began in 1964...
Second evaluation ordered for Joplin teen suspect (05/03/09)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- A teenager charged with firing an assault weapon in a Joplin middle school will get a second mental evaluation. Jasper County Circuit Judge David Mouton ordered the second evaluation to determine if 16-year-old Thomas White is capable of helping his defense...
Pilot Grove woman lives green, fairly sustainable life (05/03/09)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- She is the queen of green. Valerie Larm, of rural Pilot Grove, Mo., lives a fairly self-sustainable life by gardening and canning; hunting and fishing; and sewing clothes, blankets and "eco-bags." To Larm, being environmentally responsible is important...
Missouri's second case of swine flu confirmed (05/03/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Health officials in Missouri have confirmed a second case of swine flu. The Kansas City Health Department said Saturday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta had confirmed that a 19-year-old Kansas City man hospitalized in Nebraska has the H1N1 virus...
Jack Kemp, one-time VP nominee, dies (05/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- Jack Kemp, the ex-quarterback, congressman, one-time vice presidential nominee and self-described "bleeding-heart conservative" died Saturday. His spokeswoman Bona Park and longtime friend and former campaign adviser Edwin J. Feulner confirmed that Kemp died after a lengthy illness...
Police arrest driver who caused $26K in damage (05/03/09)
FREMONT, Neb. -- Police say a woman arrested in Nebraska on suspicion of drunken driving hit fences, garages and a house as she left a $26,000 trail of damage. Sgt. Ed Watts said the woman's car struck a fence while she was trying to turn into an alley Thursday night. He says the car next hit a utility pole and then a garage while trying to turn into it. Wyatt said the car then crossed a yard, rammed a fence and hit a house and garage...
Outhouses cushion small plane crash in Washington (05/03/09)
PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A small airplane dropping from the sky after its engine failed wound up on a cushioning bunch of portable toilets -- and the pilot was able to walk away apparently unhurt. Gary Mayor of the Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 182 crashed Friday afternoon in Washington state after taking off from Thun Field, an airfield owned by Pierce County southeast of Tacoma...
Resistance to Obama choice for high court could be modest (05/03/09)
WASHINGTON -- Awaiting President Obama's first Supreme Court pick, activists expect a less-spirited nomination battle than would have been anticipated if a conservative justice had stepped down or Democrats held a slimmer edge in the Senate. Retiring Justice David H. Souter is part of the court's liberal wing, and his replacement by a Democratic administration probably won't change the ideological balance...
Gays: Maine registry useless on some legal issues (05/03/09)
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Diane Sammer and her partner, Pam Dennis, were careful to sign papers giving Sammer power of attorney over Dennis' affairs. Yet after Dennis died of a heart attack and her body was to be cremated, the undertaker refused to accept Sammer's signature...
Deadly Oklahoma, Kansas tornadoes teach lessons 10 years later (05/03/09)
DEL CITY, Okla. -- Chris Stiles' 8-year-old son met his dad at the door of their Oklahoma City home May 3, 1999, pleading with his father for a plan as a tornado approached: "You need to do something about it." Stiles, then the football coach at nearby Westmoore High School, had planned to ride out the storm in a bathtub in his house. ...
Immigrants push for reforms at rallies nationwide (05/03/09)
MIAMI -- Thousands of immigrants and their families marched in cities from coast to coast, hoping to channel the political muscle Hispanics flexed last fall as President Obama won election. This time, they hoped to jump-start an old cause: forging a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S...
Notre Dame's Obama invite riles Catholic bishops (05/03/09)
This coming week, Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Fla., will take the unusual step of celebrating a Mass of Reparation, to make amends for sins against God. The motivation: to provide an outlet for Catholics upset with what Wenski calls the University of Notre Dame's "clueless" decision to invite President Obama to speak at its commencement and receive an honorary doctorate May 17...
Mexico swine flu deaths ebb, but caution still urged (05/03/09)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico said a swine flu epidemic appears to be easing, but urged citizens Saturday not to let their guard down against a virus that has killed 17 people and is spreading across Asia and Europe. Experts warned the virus could mutate and come back with a vengeance...
Iraqi soldier kills 2 U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq (05/03/09)
BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi soldier opened fire on a U.S. military team Saturday, killing two American soldiers and wounding three, the U.S. military said. Iraqi officials described the attacker -- who was killed in the gunbattle -- as a soldier who also served as a Sunni Muslim preacher for his unit near Mosul, which is one of the last urban strongholds for Sunni insurgents...
NATO thwarts hijacking off coast of Somalia (05/03/09)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Special forces on a Portuguese warship seized explosives from suspected Somali pirates after thwarting an attack on an oil tanker but later freed the 19 men. Hours later and hundreds of miles away, another band of pirates hijacked a cargo ship, a NATO spokesman said Saturday...
64 people killed in shelling at temporary hospital in Sri Lanka (05/03/09)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan forces shelled a makeshift hospital in the war zone Saturday, killing 64 civilians despite a pledge to stop using heavy weapons in its battle with the Tamil Tigers, a rebel-linked website said. A health official in the war zone confirmed the hospital was hit twice by artillery throughout the day, though the official declined to say who was responsible. The military denied launching the attack...
Brazil: At least 62,000 homeless, 14 dead from floods (05/03/09)
SAO PAULO -- Officials say floods and mudslides from heavy rains in northeastern Brazil have killed at least 14 people in the last month and driven tens of thousands from their homes. Regional Civil Defense departments report that at least 62,600 people are homeless in five northeastern states...
Myanmar cyclone's survivors still seeking help (05/03/09)
THA GYAR HIN OH, Myanmar -- The monsoons are due any day now, and for the hundreds of villagers with fresh memories of last year's deadly Cyclone Nargis, an emergency shelter that opened Saturday was yet another reminder that their huts -- and their lives -- remain fragile...
Indians advance to title game (05/03/09)
Jackson pitcher Zach McDowell started to settle down in the top of the fourth after he allowed two runs and five baserunners in the first three innings Saturday. The sophomore southpaw struck out the side that inning, getting Central's Andrew Williams and Hide Tanaka swinging and Shawn Prince looking...
Notre Dame rallies to beat Kennett 10-4 (05/03/09)
Notre Dame bounced back after suffering its first loss of the season Friday to beat Kennett in the consolation bracket of the SEMO Conference baseball tournament Saturday. The No. 1 Bulldogs (17-1) fell behind 4-0 after just a half inning, but staged a 10-4 comeback win over No. 7 Kennett to advance to play Kelly at 4 p.m. on Monday...
Redhawks drop pair to Panthers (05/03/09)
Southeast Missouri State coach Mark Hogan and Eastern Illinois coach Jim Schmitz agreed on one thing following Saturday's doubleheader at Capaha Field. The first-place Ohio Valley Conference showdown lived up to its billing. But only Schmitz was able to savor what had just transpired after EIU claimed a pair of 8-7 victories to establish a firm grip on the OVC lead...
Interceptions vault defense past offense (05/03/09)
The defense again got the better of the offense Saturday during Southeast Missouri State's spring football game at Houck Stadium. It wasn't as lopsided as last year, but that didn't detract from the delight junior linebacker Patrick Maloney took in retaining bragging rights for the Redhawks' defense...
Redhawks run winning streak to 14 games (05/03/09)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team continued its rampage Saturday. Southeast swept a doubleheader at Tennessee State, 9-1 in six innings and 4-3, as the Redhawks extended their winning streak to 14 games. Southeast (26-19, 15-8) pulled into a second-place tie with Morehead State in the Ohio Valley Conference entering today's series finale against TSU, which ends the regular season...
Brewer helps Southeast women finish second (05/03/09)
Ashley Brewer finished off a big weekend at the Ohio Valley Conference outdoor track and field meet in Richmond, Ky. Brewer, a Southeast Missouri State junior who was named the OVC outdoor female field athlete of the year Thursday, was a two-event winner...
Head Start honors Cape woman for 40 years of service (05/03/09)
According to Leola Twiggs, hugs are one of the best parts of her job. The children at East Missouri Action Agency in Cape Girardeau seek her out when she's not teaching, just to give her a hug. Her positions at Head Start have included site manager, bus driver and teacher. Three generations have passed through her classrooms...
Historic Illinois sites reopen (05/03/09)
The Historic Fort de Chartres near Prairie du Rocher, Ill., joins 10 other historic sites in reopening after budget cuts shut them down. Fort de Chartres, the location where the French built three forts during their occupation of the land, will hold its first public event at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 10. ...
Good deed of the week 5/3/09 (05/03/09)
Eric Welch, Kids in Christian Karate School black belt instructor, teaches karate to children for free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Heartland Gymnastics, Cape Girardeau along with other instructors. Welch said the students start everyclass with the Lord's Prayer. ...
Second-generation Eagle Scout earns rank (05/03/09)
Jacob Ward, son of Treye and Carol Ward Eagle of Jackson is a second-generation Eagle Scout. His project consisted of 74 hours of building agility equipment for dogs at Safe Harbor Animal Santuary and installing the equipment. ...
Byrd Settlement Society receives awards (05/03/09)
The Missouri State Society Children of the American Revolution held its 58th annual state conference in St. Louis. The Byrd Settlement Society of Jackson, represented by six members and seven adult senior members, received seven first-place awards; two second-place awards; a third-place award; a national merit award and an honorable mention award. ...
Third-generation Eagle Scout earns rank (05/03/09)
Tom Gilliland, son of Benjamin and Connie Gilliland of Jackson, is a third-generation Jackson Boy Scout Troop 311 Eagle Scout who received his rank recently at a court of honor held at Southeast Missouri State University. His Eagle Scout project consisted of 70 hours of woodworking. Gilliland built five benches used for a long bow building class at the Missouri Department of Conservation...
Brother of Eagle Scout earns rank (05/03/09)
Luke Sievers, son of Brian and Joanna Sievers of Jackson, is a Jackson Boy Scout Troop 311 Eagle Scout who recently received his Eagle rank at a court of honor held at Southeast Missouri State University. He is the brother of Troop 311 Eagle Scout Jake Sievers. His project consisted of 101 hours refurbishing an outdoor area at St. Paul Lutheran School. He used pavers to design an area around the school, painted a flagpole, added a bench and added a new rope...
A weekly band concert? Or a police officer to keep us safe for a week? You choose (05/03/09)
When Jay Knudtson became mayor of Cape Girardeau seven years ago, I'm sure he harbored some concerns about how he might be depicted in the newspaper -- specifically in this column. After all, I had, during the eight years Al Spradling stood at the city's helm, a great deal of fun at the mayor's expense. ...
Hollywood delays summer film releases in Mexico (05/03/09)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- With movie theaters in Mexico shut down to contain the spread of swine flu, Hollywood studios have delayed plans to kick off the summer movie season there. The country is regularly among the top 12 foreign markets for U.S. movies...
Kenneth R. Brown (05/03/09)
Kenneth Brown Kenneth R. Brown, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Lela B. Loiseau (05/03/09)
Lela B. Loiseau Lela B. Loiseau, 103, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 13, 1905, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Vince and Martha Kelly Chapman. She and Herman Loiseau were married Jan. 19, 1955, in Springfield, Ill. He died Sept. 15, 2005...
Dorothy Menz (05/03/09)
Dorothy Menz Dorothy Menz, 78, of Chaffee, Mo., died May 2, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Sarah Marie Holmes (05/03/09)
Sarah Holmes ORAN, Mo. -- Sarah Marie Holmes, 94, of Oran passed away Friday, May 1, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born to the late James T. and Florence Hubbard Yarbrough on March 17, 1915, at Casa, Ark. She married Willis T. Holmes on Sep. 8, 1934, and he preceded her in death July 13, 2003...
August M. Sticht Jr. (05/03/09)
August M. Sticht Jr. ALTENBURG, Mo. -- August M. Sticht Jr., 70, of Altenburg died Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Perryville, Mo. He was born in Perry County, Mo., on Jan. 30, 1939, son of the late August and Paula Stelling Sticht Sr. He was married Aug. 15, 1970, to Mary A. Stueve Sticht, who survives in Altenburg...
Colwell - Thompson (05/03/09)
Alissa Anne Colwell and James Bradley Thompson were married Sept. 6, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Church. The Rev. John Harth performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Sid and Helen Colwell of Fort Scott, Kan., and Brad and Paula Thompson of Jackson...
Gorman - Elfrink (05/03/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Joe and Shirley Gorman of Red Bud, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Marie Gorman, to Brad Alan Elfrink. He is the son of Nick and Geri Elfrink of Marble Hill. Gorman is a lab technician at Affordable Dentures in Cape Girardeau...
Foster - Lee (05/03/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Dwayne and LouAnn Abner of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Marie Foster, to Jason Frank Lee Sr., both of Charleston, Mo. He is the son of Frank and Suzanne Lee of Charleston. Foster is also the daughter of the late Nancy Abner of Oran, Mo...
Hale - Rudell (05/03/09)
Danny Hale and Ruth Powers of Jackson and Dana Davis and Colin Stoner of Commerce City, Colo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Carey Hale of Arlington, Va., to B.J. Rudell of Washington, D.C. He is the son of Joel and Marcie Rudell of New York City...
Snider - Short (05/03/09)
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Snider and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Short of Dexter, Mo., announce the engagement of their children, Heather Michelle Snider and Jessey Don Short, both of Cape Girardeau. Snider is a 2002 graduate of Dexter High School. She is branch manager at First State Community Bank in Cape Girardeau...
Avery - Ferrell (05/03/09)
Mary Fowler and Mike Avery of Scott City announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodi Ann Avery, to Daniel Glyn Ferrell. He is the son of Glyn and Kim Ferrell of Benton, Mo. Avery is a 1996 graduate of Scott City High School. Ferrell is a 2007 graduate of Kelly High School, and is attending Boyce College in Louisville, Ky...
Bruegging - Howard (05/03/09)
Robert Bruegging of Cleveland, Ohio, and Kathryn King of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Madalyn King Bruegging, to Brock Tyler Howard. He is the son of Roy and Gail Howard of Jackson. Bruegging is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in recreation at Southeast Missouri State University...
Hendrickson - Brown (05/03/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mitch and Gail Nanney of Marble Hill and Rusty and Betty Hendrickson of Delta announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Elizabeth Hendrickson, to Russell Brown. He is the son of Doug and Teresa Brown of Jackson. Hendrickson is a 2007 graduate of Meadow Heights High School. She is employed at Lacey's on the Hill Restaurant at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Crites - 64 Years (05/03/09)
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Crites of Bloomington, Ind., will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary with a party May 9, 2009, at the Water's Edge in Cape Girardeau. Their children will host the event. Crites and Sylvia Henry were married April 29, 1945, at the Henry home in Sedgewickville, Mo...
Siebert - 50 Years (05/03/09)
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Siebert of Jackson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner March 14 at Jackson Senior Center. Approximately 125 guests attended from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Scott City, Oak Ridge and Perryville, Mo. Siebert and Elda Mae Nitsch were married March 15, 1959, at Emanuel Evangelical Church in Jackson, by the Rev. M.A. Tobitzky...
Scott City High School honor roll (05/03/09)
Scott City High School High Honor Roll 9th grade: Adam Bowers, Jenna Cummins, Taylor Glueck, Lindsay Kern, Brittany Kiefer, Tyler Schwettman. 10th grade: Courtney Bentley, Zachary Bradshaw, Brooke Dohogne, Miranda Foshee, Stacey Heisserer, Courtney Holder, Melanie Lacey, Mallory Reddick, Corey Rogers, Garett Schaefer, William Scholz...
Central Junior High honor roll (05/03/09)
Central Junior High School Term 5 A Honor Roll 7th grade: Aleksandra Aleksandrova, Jacklyn Allen, Bailey Bliss, Dalton Buchanan, Catherine Crites, Alisha Deshazier, Abigail Goeckeler, Joshua Greaser, Emily Hagan, Jasmine Hamilton, Megan Heuring, Colin Keele, Kendra Kelch, Truman Kinsey, Rebecca Kitchen, Bailey Kralemann, Courtney Limbaugh, Rachael Long, Jesse Mahan, Aaron Mehner, Alex Mehner, Sydney Messerli, Seiya Miyata, Andrea Morales, Cassandra Morris, Alexander Ogle, Mackenzie Patterson, Nicole Rich, Abby Ritter, Vikas Rudrappa, Jessica Shirrell, Madeline Siefert, Jordan Stone, Caleb Strickland, Kristin Thompson, Sable VanMeter, Taylor Welker, Ashley Westbrook, Bo Wilferth, Brendan Williams.. ...
St. Paul Lutheran Honor roll (05/03/09)
St. Paul Lutheran School Scholastic Honor Roll 5th grade: Emelia Baer, Jack Bagley, Chloe Kasten, Elizabeth Kiefner, Grace Mirly, Brianna Mueller, Wade Petzoldt, Grant Strange 6th grade: Mollie Cunningham, Haley Lynch 7th grade: Alexis Engelhart, Josh Friess, Amanda Krewson, Samuel Lowes, Jackson Voss...
Fire report 5/3/09 (05/03/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Police report 5/3/09 (05/03/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Assault; Burglary; Thefts; Property damage
Out of the past 5/3/09 (05/03/09)
25 years ago: May 3, 1984 Bowing to the request of a standing-room-only crowd of Nell Holcomb School District residents who voiced opposition to the proposed lease of a city landfill site near their school and homes, the Cape Girardeau City Council last night agreed to delay action for 30 days on leasing the 90-acre site...
I only wanted to build a bridge (05/03/09)
A friend of mine, Tom McCrackin III, was president of Associated General Contractors of Missouri in 1995. During his tenure, he wrote a profound article for the AGC titled "Viewpoint" for the Missouri Construction Advisor. In his article, he discussed all of the state and federal laws, regulations, codes, acts, agencies, paperwork and plain old burdens of government with which he had to comply while building a bridge project he had going at the time...
Why newspapers are here to stay (05/03/09)
By William B. Ketter CNHI News Service To social theorists predicting the collapse of newspapers, we've become more than an endangered species. We're prime evidence of the fading way the public consumes information. Day by day, they argue, can no longer compete with minute by minute. The popularity of instant stories about crime, conflict, crackpots and celebrities prove it. No time to wait and read what the news means...
Museum has full schedule of events (05/03/09)
The River Heritage Museum in Cape Girardeau has a busy schedule of events planned this year, including special anniversary commemorations, concerts and other programs. Recently the museum kicked off its 2009 season with a performance by the Jerry Ford Orchestra, which is marking its 50th anniversary. Seven other concerts are planned as part of the museum's "Saturday Mornings at the Museum" programs on the last Saturday of the month through November...
Speak Out 5/3/09 (05/03/09)
What recession?; No man's island; Ending Cold War; Using city workers; Money argument; Helping students
Prayer 5/3/09 (05/03/09)
For all the wondrous sounds of this holy day, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Fort D Days (05/03/09)
Mike Watson folds a cartridge during the Civil War reeinactment at Fort D.
Fort D Days: Stepping Back in Time (05/03/09)
A Civil War reenactor at Fort D.
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