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Fox den in Sikeston creates mixed feelings (05/13/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A fox den in the middle of Sikeston has created a mixed reaction among the city's residents. While many find it fun to watch the two adults and six pups playing together, others living near the den located in a sandy field bordered by Salcedo, North Kingshighway and North Main streets don't find the family so cute and cuddly...
Citizens Electric customers without power reduced to 680; company hopes to have electricity fully restored by Thursday night (05/13/09)
The number of Citizens Electric Cooperative members without power was 680 Wednesday morning, down from 1,097 at 6:38 p.m. Tuesday, utility spokeswoman Barbara Casper said. Casper said that Citizens Electric personnel, contracted tree crews and out-of-town linemen worked throughout the evening to restore electricity. The 108 outside professionals assisting Citizens Electric are from Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri...
Group seeking Cape federal building has gone through same process in Springfield, St. Louis (05/13/09)
The application for the federal building in Cape Girardeau isn't the Rev. Larry Rice and the New Life Evangelistic Center's first run through the federal bureaucracy. New Life made two previous attempts to obtain surplus federal buildings in Missouri. One attempt, to obtain a 400,000-square-foot building on Market Street in St. Louis, was rejected by the Department of Health and Human Services. The other application, for a former Social Security Administration office in Springfield, was granted...
Woman killed by tree limb (05/13/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A woman was pronounced dead Tuesday after an apparent tree-cutting accident in Sikeston. The accident occurred while the woman was holding a ladder for someone who was cutting down tree limbs. One of the limbs fell on her, Scott County Coroner Scott Amick said...
Area health agencies receive grant money from state foundation (05/13/09)
The Missouri Foundation for Health named four local entities to receive about $605,000 in grant money, according to a news release from foundation spokeswoman Julie Johnson. The grant is designed to support the funding of basic operations and stress the need for education on the prevention and cessation of tobacco use, Johnson said...
The Community College Option, Part 3: Southeast says building on joint programs will prevent overlap of services (05/13/09)
Editor's note: This is the third part of a series addressing community college needs in the Cape Girardeau area. Southeast Missouri State University's role in providing education is at the center of the continuing debate about whether to establish a community college in Cape Girardeau...
AAA report predicts Memorial Day travel to increase (05/13/09)
Travel bargains and relatively low gasoline prices are expected to increase Memorial Day weekend travel, according to a AAA report released Tuesday. North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization projects that 32.4 million Americans will travel 50 or miles from home during the holiday ...
Auto Tire & Parts celebrates 100 years (05/13/09)
ELIZABETH DODD ~ edodd@semissourian.com Joe Wissman of Cape Girardeau looks at old photographs displayed at Auto Tire and Parts during the 100th anniversary celebration Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau location. ...
Four departments respond to Nash Road fire (05/13/09)
Firefighters from Cape Girardeau, Gordonville, Jackson and Scott City extinguish a blaze Tuesday at Leggett & Platt Inc. on Nash Road. Cape Girardeau fire chief Rick Ennis said the fire spread from a furnace and processing equipment onto the roof; the department estimated damages at $200,000. No injuries were reported. Leggett & Platt manufactures mattress and recliner components and other products.
DED approves tax credit for expansion (05/13/09)
The Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced that Enhanced Enterprise Zone state tax credits totaling $996,165 have been approved for an expansion at the Nestle Purina PetCare Company in Stoddard County. The Nestle Purina plant is located on Highway Y north of Bloomfield and manufactures a variety of pet care products, including cat litter which is marketed under the name Tidy Cat.
More storms forecast as utilities continue to restore electricity (05/13/09)
Thousands remained without power Tuesday as the region prepared for a second round of storms anticipated today and later in the week. According to the National Weather Service, there is a possibility of more thunderstorms bringing heavy rain and lightning in areas across Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. The weather service called for a chance of thunderstorms through Thursday, warning that some of them could be severe...
MoDOT repairing William Street (05/13/09)
Missouri Department of Transportation crews will perform pavement repairs over the next two weeks on William Street, restricting traffic to one lane where crews are working, the department announced Tuesday. The work, which began Tuesday, will take place between Siemers Drive and Silver Springs Road. Weather permitting, the work will be performed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Work should be complete by May 28...
Southeast Missouri traffic stop yields marijuana bust (05/13/09)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A St. Louis man was arrested after the Missouri State Highway Patrol said three pounds of marijuana were found in his vehicle.
Title: Approach the market strategically when a "mature" candidate (05/13/09)
Content: Dear Sam: I am 57 years old and have just lost my job due to downsizing. I am concerned that my age will turn off prospective employers. As a result, I have removed the years of service on my résumé from each employer I have had; that seems to have helped a little...
Carnahan fighting to keep Fenton plant open (05/13/09)
ST. LOUIS - Pressure may be mounting on the Obama Administration to require Chrysler to save jobs at its Fenton plant ahead of jobs at Chrysler plants outside the country.
Agriculture secretary discusses creating jobs for rural areas during Missouri visit (05/13/09)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- The government needs to work with rural America to create not only more jobs, but better-paying jobs, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. Vilsack spoke at a forum at the University of Missouri Delta Center, an agricultural research facility near the Bootheel town of Portageville. Many of the 150 or so people in attendance were farmers or worked in ag-related jobs in surrounding small towns...
Lawmakers approve delay in new car inspections (05/13/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri motorists could have more time before their new vehicles become subject to safety inspections. A bill sent to the governor Tuesday would delay mandatory inspections until a vehicle is five years old. Current law requires people to have a vehicle inspected two years after it is made...
GM to export China-built cars to US (05/13/09)
SHANGHAI -- General Motors Corp. plans to begin exports of vehicles made in China to the United States within two years, ramping up sales to more than 50,000 by 2014, reports said Wednesday.
RealtyTrac: April foreclosures rise 32 percent (05/13/09)
MIAMI -- The number of U.S. households faced with losing their homes to foreclosure jumped 32 percent in April compared with the same month last year, with Nevada, Florida and California showing the highest rates, according to data released Wednesday...
Retail sales drop unexpectedly in April (05/13/09)
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales fell for a second straight month in April, a disappointing performance that raised doubts about whether consumers were regaining their desire to shop. A rebound in consumer demand is a necessary ingredient for ending the recession...
Palin agrees to memoir for publication in spring 2010 (05/13/09)
NEW YORK -- Sarah Palin has agreed to publish a memoir with HarperCollins, which is expected to come out in spring 2010 -- the year she is up for re-election. "There's been so much written about and spoken about in the mainstream media and in the anonymous blogosphere world, that this will be a wonderful, refreshing chance for me to get to tell my story, that a lot of people have asked about, unfiltered," the Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate said during a telephone interview Tuesday.. ...
April foreclosures increase 32 percent (05/13/09)
MIAMI -- The number of U.S. households faced with losing their homes to foreclosure jumped 32 percent in April compared with the same month last year, with Nevada, Florida and California showing the highest rates, according to data released today...
Five convicted of plot to attack Sears Tower (05/13/09)
MIAMI -- It took three trials, three juries and nearly three years, but five Miami men were convicted Tuesday of plotting to start an anti-government insurrection by destroying Chicago's Sears Tower and bombing FBI offices. One man was acquitted...
Financial state of Medicare, Social Security getting worse (05/13/09)
WASHINGTON -- The financial health of Social Security and Medicare, the government's two biggest benefit programs, have worsened because of the severe recession, and Medicare is now paying out more than it receives. Trustees of the programs said Tuesday that Social Security will start paying out more in benefits than it collects in taxes in 2016, one year sooner than projected last year, and the trust fund will be depleted by 2037, four years sooner...
Switched at birth, women meet each other at age 56 (05/13/09)
HEPPNER, Ore. -- On a spring day in 1953, two baby girls were born at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in eastern Oregon. They grew up happily, got married, had children of their own and became grandparents. Then last summer their lives were turned upside down...
Recession cutting into family travel plans (05/13/09)
When gas prices hit $4 a gallon last summer, Joyce and Ricky Eagle of Warrenton, Va., simply padded their travel budget a little before tooling around the Midwest in their motor home. This year, gas is considerably cheaper. But the Eagles' 36-foot Holiday Rambler will stay in the driveway. The reason? The software company Ricky works for reduced his pay by 20 percent...
Army looks into mental health care after killings (05/13/09)
BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military command launched an investigation Tuesday into whether it offers adequate mental health care to its soldiers, a day after a sergeant finishing up his third tour of Iraq allegedly shot and killed five comrades at a clinic on a U.S. base...
U.S. journalist, free from Iranian jail, thanks supporters (05/13/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- A joyful Roxana Saberi on Tuesday thanked those who helped win her release after four months in a Tehran prison. Her lawyer revealed the American journalist was convicted of spying for the U.S. in part because she had a copy of a confidential Iranian report on the U.S. war in Iraq...
U.S. puts end to boycott of U.N. Human Rights Council, wins seat (05/13/09)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council for the first time Tuesday along with four countries accused of serious human rights violations -- Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia. Former president George W. Bush's administration boycotted the council over its repeated criticism of Israel and its refusal to cite flagrant rights abuses in Sudan and elsewhere...
Brazilian flooding eases, but 267,000 are still homeless (05/13/09)
SAO PAULO -- Thousands of Brazilians returned home Tuesday following devastating floods, but water kept on rising in some places and civil defense officials used helicopters, trucks and boats to deliver aid to victims in isolated communities. The death toll declined from 42 to 39 because some deaths were mistakenly classified as flood-related, said officials in the jungle state of Amazonas...
Werner claims medalist at SEMO Conference tournament (05/13/09)
Tim Simmons tattooed a 3-wood onto the 18th green, leaving himself with a lengthy but makeable eagle putt Tuesday at Dalhousie Golf Club. Simmons, a senior at Central, stood a shot behind Jackson's Tanner Werner entering the final hole at the SEMO Conference golf tournament and wanted to put some pressure on the sophomore...
Athlete of the week (05/13/09)
Brett Slaten is headed back to familiar territory. The Notre Dame senior earned his fourth straight trip to the state golf tournament by finishing third at the Class 3 District 1 meet at Crown Pointe Golf Course. Slaten shot a 78 to finish third on the par-72 course. He was one of four Notre Dame players to qualify for the state tournament this season...
Correction 5/13/09 (05/13/09)
* It was incorrectly reported in Tuesday's sports section that Jackson's girls soccer team beat Notre Dame on Monday. Jackson beat Poplar Bluff 3-0, while Notre Dame beat Central 7-1. Notre Dame and Jackson did not play Monday. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Oran scores late runs to slip past Bell City (05/13/09)
Oran needed to rally for a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to beat Bell City 5-3 in baseball action Tuesday. The Cubs opened a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning, and Bell City went to Melvin Johnson in relief. The Eagles rallied against Johnson to improve to 11-7...
Capahas to hold tryouts Sunday (05/13/09)
The Plaza Tire Capahas will hold tryouts 1 p.m. Sunday at Capaha Field. Only players with no more American Legion eligibility are eligible to try out. For more information, call Jess Bolen at 979-1786.
Pirates halt Cardinals, skid (05/13/09)
St. Louis managed just a Pujols home run in a 7-1 loss to Pittsburgh. PITTSBURGH -- Albert Pujols' home run in the first inning struck halfway up the batter's backstop in center field, the kind of drive that can unnerve a pitcher. Instead, it almost seemed to calm down Zach Duke...
Celtics' Davis issues apology to fan (05/13/09)
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis apologized Tuesday for bumping a 12-year-old boy while celebrating his game-winning shot against the Orlando Magic. Davis said he got emotional and didn't see the boy as he turned and ran to the Celtics bench to celebrate his 21-foot jumper that gave the Celtics a 95-94 win over the Magic on Sunday. It tied the second-round playoff series at 2-2...
Filly in field adds buzz to Preakness (05/13/09)
BALTIMORE -- Larry Jones knows something about running a filly against the boys in a Triple Crown race, and he's not looking forward to the threat posed by Rachel Alexandra. The trainer saddled Eight Belles to a gallant second-place finish in last year's Kentucky Derby before she broke her front ankles past the finish line and had to be destroyed on the track...
Carpenter throws off mound with no trouble (05/13/09)
PITTSBURGH -- Chris Carpenter has thrown off a mound for the first time since straining a muscle in his left ribcage, and the St. Louis Cardinals hope he can return to the rotation soon. Carpenter reported no problems after throwing in the bullpen at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday...
Zimmerman's hitting streak reaches 30 games (05/13/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Zimmerman swiftly extended his hitting streak to 30 games, getting a first-inning single Tuesday night in the Washington Nationals' game against the San Francisco Giants. Zimmerman matched George Brett's 30-game streak in 1980 for the longest by a third baseman since Pete Rose's 44-game streak in 1978, although Rose played two games in left field during his famed streak...
Ramirez still has not faced teammates (05/13/09)
PHILADELPHIA -- If Manny Ramirez is going to apologize in person to his teammates, it's unlikely the suspended slugger will do it in the next few days. Ramirez didn't join the Los Angeles Dodgers for their trip to Philadelphia. He could make an appearance in the clubhouse in Florida this weekend when the Dodgers play the Marlins...
Pacers' Granger voted most improved (05/13/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger was named the NBA's Most Improved Player on Tuesday after averaging a career-best 25.8 points a game this season. Granger edged New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris 364-339 in voting from a panel of 121 journalists...
Game 7 of 'Stars on Ice' (05/13/09)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- When the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins to finish their taut, thrilling Eastern Conference semifinal tonight, Alex Ovechkin's third career Game 7 in the NHL playoffs will mark Sidney Crosby's debut in such a setting...
Recycled outdoor gear helps make gardening even greener (05/13/09)
Manufacturers are hitting pay dirt with recycled products designed for the garden. Discarded plastic is being made into work gloves, rainbarrels and buckets. Worn-out tires are being converted into weed-smothering mulch and durable walkways. And cow manure is becoming pots...
Picnic on produce to save on carbs (05/13/09)
Bountiful picnic baskets, a common sight as the weather warms, are often are jammed with sandwiches, potato salads, chips and cookies. In other words, lots of carbs. Adding some equally portable produce is the best way to bring some dietary balance to your picnic...
A Harte Appetite: Tips for the beginning of brunch season (05/13/09)
With Mother's Day behind us, brunch season is in full swing. The next big brunching opportunity comes with Father's Day. Then with summer weather on the way, the appeal of a bountiful buffet on the weekend will become downright irresistible. The word brunch is a blend of breakfast and lunch, indicating a meal that combines elements of both...
Susan McClanahan: Decadent desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth (05/13/09)
Over the weekend I was assigned by my sister to bring a dessert to my Mom's house for the family Mother's Day get-together. I knew I would need at least two desserts to feed everyone and at least one of them had to be an ice cream dessert because my Mom loves ice cream. I found an old cookbook that I had not used in a long time and turned right to this decadent ice cream dessert, and it was just that: decadent...
Review: Contrived 'Management' is heavy on quirk (05/13/09)
LOS ANGELES -- It's easy to forget that Jennifer Aniston truly can act. It's easy to get caught up in her sunny looks, in the tabloid frenzy of her off-screen persona, and lose sight of the fact that, when given the opportunity in small, meaty films like "The Good Girl" and "Friends With Money" and even the cult comedy "Office Space," she can reveal some real substance and depth...
Trump says Miss California USA can retain her crown (05/13/09)
NEW YORK -- Miss California USA can retain her crown after questions arose about seminude photographs taken of her as a teenager and her association with a conservative advocacy group for marriage, pageant owner Donald Trump said Tuesday. Carrie Prejean's comments about her opposition to same-sex marriage caused controversy after a celebrity judge suggested her response may have cost her the Miss USA title; she finished as first-runner up. ...
Marlene Stubbs (05/13/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Marlene Stubbs, 81, of Chaffee died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee's Summit, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley Hammock (05/13/09)
Shirley Jo Hammock, 82, a resident of Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau, formerly of Morehouse, Mo., died Monday, May 11, 2009, at her home. Visitation will be after noon Thursday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Mo. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be private...
Howard Bock (05/13/09)
Howard Gilbert Bock, 87, lifelong resident of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, May 11, 2009. Bock was a teacher, coach and administrator 32 years in the Cape Girardeau public schools. He also served his community in the areas of Cub Scouting, boys baseball leagues, service clubs and church activities...
Velma Dickerson (05/13/09)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Velma E. Dickerson, 62, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at her home. She was born Jan. 14, 1947, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of Marion and Alberta Johnson Stevens. She and Mearl Dickerson were married May 1, 1964, in Elco, Ill. He died Aug. 2, 1997...
Births 5/13/09 (05/13/09)
Hearnes; Wiley; Morse
Fire report 5/13/09 (05/13/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 5/13/09 (05/13/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Assaults; Thefts; Burglaries; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrests; Theft; Burglaries; Miscellaneous; Southeast Missouri State University: Assaults
Out of the past 5/13/09 (05/13/09)
25 years ago: May 13, 1984 The Rev. Joseph E. Gosche, pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral, is one of three vicars general of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese who have been named Prelates of Honor to Pope John Paul II, with the title of monsignor; the others are the Revs. Philip A. Bucher and Thomas E. Reidy...
Homeless issues (05/13/09)
I gave the Rev. Larry Rice the benefit of the doubt for a period of time as he talked about his plans to turn the old federal building in downtown Cape Girardeau into a homeless shelter. While I believe his plan would be harmful to downtown Cape, which is developing momentum in its rehabilitation, a community's economic development isn't Rice's goal, nor does it have to be. As he told this newspaper, "As long as there is one homeless person, there is a problem."...
The grind of political-speak (05/13/09)
I enjoy politics as much as the next guy. Heck, truth is, I probably pay closer attention to the political arena than most. Thus is the nature of this profession. But right now -- for some unknown reason -- I am not at all interested in reading or listening to the political battle brewing between Congressman Roy Blunt and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Odds are these two will likely face each other next year in the battle to replace retiring Sen. Kit Bond...
Community strives to meet homeless needs; there are better options for federal building (05/13/09)
The topic of homeless people in Cape Girardeau is complex and worthy of serious attention by agencies that have the mission and the financial means to address whatever needs there are. The request by the Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis to obtain the federal building on Broadway for use as a homeless shelter is one part of the issue, and it is one that needs to be handled carefully...
Schools need quality PE (05/13/09)
I want to highlight an alarming trend. Over the last 10 years, Missouri schools have decreased the time allocated for physical education while increasing the time that students spend sitting in the classroom. Across the country and right here at home, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. ...
Most Americans not extremists (05/13/09)
Let me get this straight. In a recent column David Limbaugh wrote that the "bipartisan" Battleground Poll revealed that "60 percent of Americans identify themselves as conservative and only 36 percent as liberal." If this is true, then an awful lot of conservatives must have voted for Barack Obama, since he was elected president by a wide margin. Or maybe they didn't vote at all...
Another great CJHS musical (05/13/09)
My first spring in Cape Girardeau, having moved back home after living in New York City for 35 years, I was encouraged by all music theater fans to see the annual Central Junior High School's musical production. I had to see what all the buzz was about. ...
Homeless problem is here (05/13/09)
Imagine this. You have devoted many years of hard work to the same company, have climbed the ladder and enjoyed success. One day, you are laid off. No matter, you think. With your skills and experience, you'll easily find another job. Then reality sinks in. ...
Speak Out 5/13/09 (05/13/09)
Teachers know best; Support for shelter; Courthouse access; Crime is crime; Prison is too easy
Prayer 5/13/09 (05/13/09)
Guide our new graduates, O God, as they begin their careers. Amen.
MCSAA Spring Sports Festival (05/13/09)
The Eagle Ridge Christian School Track and Field team brought home 12 gold medals, 4 silver, and 3 bronze from the MCSAA Spring Sports Festival Track and Field State Meet, as well as the girls team taking 2nd out of 8 schools and the boys team taking 3rd out of 8 schools. Eagle Ridge athletes also broke two MCSAA records: Bill Shell took the 400m dash record with a 50.93, breaking his own record from last year, and Stephen Cohen took the 1600m record with a 4:44.85...
Meadow Heights school (May 8, 2009) "A sign of damage" (05/13/09)
I left work last friday to pick up my kids from Meadow Heights school. Getting to the school was quite a battle. After driving around countless downed trees and debris, I finally arrived. Before loading up my kids and attempting to make it home, I snapped this photo. ...
Clippard Marathon Club runs final mile! (05/13/09)
Clippard Elementary Marathon Club finished a marathon by running their 26th mile today. Approximately 50 third & fourth grade students, along w/ 3 second grade siblings, participated. The 26 week program required reading 26 books, doing 26 good deeds and running 26 miles. Parents and Clippard staff are very proud of all of these students for their commitment...
Humane Society's Featured Pet (05/13/09)
Milo is a 2 year old Jack Russell. He is neutered. Milo is very energetic and will need to be walked on a leash or have a secure fence because he is an escape artist! Milo is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org...
Cape County Republican Women's Club Elect New Officers (05/13/09)
The Cape County Republican Women's Club recently elected new officers. Officers (from left to right): Holly Lintner, Lisa Reitzel, Carrie Tracy, Phyllis Schwab, Tracey Glenn, Diane Diebold, and Janet Presson.
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