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Highway patrol responds to two Monday accidents (09/22/09)
A Pocahontas man was left in serious condition while a Jackson woman was in moderate condition as a result of two separate accidents Monday morning. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Gary G Baker, 66, of Pocahontas was traveling southbound on US 61 in Fruitland around 5:50 a.m. Baker's 1997 Chevrolet ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. Baker was treated for serious injuries at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau McDonald's reopens after receiving damage from fire (09/22/09)
A Cape Girardeau McDonald's that was temporarily closed after an afternoon fire damaged the fryer area has reopened. According to Cape Girardeau firefighter Mike McLemore, the fire at 3419 William St. started shortly before 3 p.m. The restaurant remained closed until 5 a.m. today. Employees are able to serve all food with the exception of fries and hashbrowns...
Traveling exhibit on POWs stops in Cape (09/22/09)
KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com Bus driver and tour guide Irving Kellman, top, speaks to a class of freshmen at Central High School in Cape Girardeau about World War II German and Italian prisoners of war detained in the Midwest Monday afternoon. ...
Cape schools nearer to bond issue, but budget worries remain (09/22/09)
The Cape Girardeau School Board took another step toward a construction bond issue, but members said they want to make sure they are also resolving budget issues. During its monthly meeting Monday, the board reviewed four bids for bond underwriting services. The board voted to accept a bid for services from St. Louis-based firm, Stifel Nicolas. For a $35 million bond issue, the firm estimated $225,980 in fees, the lowest bid...
Saint Francis Medical Center acquires doctor's urgent care center (09/22/09)
Saint Francis Medical Center has announced the acquisition of the first urgent care center in Southeast Missouri. On Jan. 1, the hospital will take ownership of Immediate HealthCare at 1702 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Immediate HealthCare provides services such as occupational medicine, primary care, diagnostics and urgent care...
Cape church receives 200-year-old pulpit for bicentennial celebration (09/22/09)
In 1809, William Williams organized the first Methodist class west of the Mississippi after moving to Southeast Missouri from Kentucky. The first meeting was held in the location now known as Old McKendree Chapel near Jackson. Around the same time in a woodshop in England, a carpenter crafted oak slats and boards into a pulpit...
Nixon creates partnership for faith-based groups and community for disaster recovery (09/22/09)
Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order Monday that creates a partnership for faith-based and community efforts during disaster recovery.
MoDOT repairing two roads in Perry County this week (09/22/09)
Route D in Perry County will be reduced to one lane starting today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the pavement. The road will be closed between Route C in Brazeau and County Road 436. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 16-foot width restriction from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Repairs will continue until Thursday...
Cape officials OK historic district (09/22/09)
After nearly two years of discussion, the first locally designated historic district in the city of Cape Girardeau was established Monday night by the Cape Girardeau City Council. The ordinance, which the council passed without dissent, designates the area east of West End Boulevard near Southeast Missouri State University, west of Henderson Avenue, north of Broadway, the 300 block of North Park Avenue, and Highland, Hillcrest and Rockwood drives as the Boulevard Local Historic District...
Jackson aldermen approve October reception for Three Rivers president (09/22/09)
The public will have a chance next month to ask questions of representatives of Three Rivers Community College, an institution that one day could establish a campus in Jackson. During its Monday meeting, the Jackson Board of Aldermen approved a motion for an Oct. 13 reception with Three Rivers president Dr. Devin Stephenson from 6 to 8 p.m. inside city hall...
Mizzou pursues performing arts center (09/22/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The home of Missouri's flagship public university prides itself on a vibrant arts scene. Less talked about is what local boosters call a glaring omission: a campus performing arts center. The project has been called a campus priority for the better part of a decade. ...
Ozark National Scenic Riverways appears on quarter (09/22/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Southern Missouri's Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be featured on a quarter. The national park surrounding the Jacks Fork and Current rivers will appear on quarters in 2017. It's part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful quarters program that will feature 56 sites in all 50 states over the next 12 years...
Cape Girardeau City Council action taken 9/22/09 (09/22/09)
Consent ordinances New ordinances Liquor licenses Other...
Missouri gave no-bid contract for stimulus consultant (09/22/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Jay Nixon gave a law firm a no-bid contract to prepare Missouri's application for federal stimulus money devoted to expanding high-speed Internet access. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that Nixon, a Democrat, hired the Washington-based Baller Herbst Law Group in July to help Missouri complete and submit its application to expand Internet access into rural areas. ...
Bank of America to face SEC trial, exits loss-sharing deal (09/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Bank of America Corp. now faces a trial with the Securities and Exchange Commission over billions in bonuses paid at Merrill Lynch, after a judge threw out the bank's $33 million settlement and rebuked the agency for not pursuing charges against executives...
Census: recession had sweeping impact on US life (09/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- A broad survey of Americans has provided striking measures of the recession's effect on life at home and at work: People are now stuck in traffic longer, less apt to move away and more inclined to put off marriage and buying a house. The U.S. ...
Stocks end above lows as tech and health care recover (09/22/09)
NEW YORK -- Stocks mostly fell Monday but ended off their lows as investors moved into technology and health care shares. News of Dell Inc.'s plans to buy information technology company Perot Systems Corp. for $3.9 billion helped to lift some tech stocks but failed to raise the broader market. A stronger dollar ignited a sharp sell-off in commodities like oil and gold, which weighed on energy and material shares...
American Airlines parent to sell 30M shares, issue $280M in debt (09/22/09)
DALLAS -- The parent of American Airlines will issue more than $500 million worth of stock and debt to raise cash as it heads into the slower fall and winter travel season. AMR Corp. said Monday it would issue up to 34.5 million shares and sell up to $287.5 million in senior notes that can be converted to stock. At Monday's closing price of $9.03, proceeds from the stock sale could total up to $311.5 million...
Leading economic indicators rise in August (09/22/09)
NEW YORK -- A private forecast of economic activity rose in August for the fifth straight month, the latest sign the recession has ended. The Conference's Board leading indicators point to an economy on solid ground early next year, though some analysts caution that a rising unemployment rate will restrain growth...
Test being developed to detect flu virus before the first sneeze (09/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Coughed on by somebody with the flu? Duke University researchers are developing a test to determine -- with a mere drop of blood -- who will get sick before the sniffling and fever set in. And they're turning to hundreds of dorm-dwelling freshmen this fall to see if it works...
Census report shows recession had sweeping impact on U.S. life (09/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- The recession is profoundly disrupting American life: More people are delaying marriage and home-buying, turning to carpools yet getting stuck in ever-worse traffic, staying put rather than moving to new cities. A broad array of U.S. ...
Senate bill could weaken the Fed (09/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Consensus is building in the Senate for legislation that would significantly weaken the Federal Reserve by stripping its power to oversee banks and hand that job to a single federal bank regulator. The proposal by Senate Banking Committee chairman Christopher Dodd to merge federal prudential oversight into a single regulator differs from a plan by President Barack Obama. ...
Alleged terror plotter appears in Colo. court (09/22/09)
DENVER -- A judge ordered an Afghanistan-born Colorado man who allegedly received al-Qaida training and had bomb-making instructions on his computer to be held pending a detention hearing Thursday, as the government warned law enforcement around the nation Monday about the danger of an attack on mass transit...
Facebook to end Beacon tracking (09/22/09)
NEW YORK -- Facebook is shutting down its much-maligned Beacon marketing program, launched two years ago amid fanfare only to generate a storm of privacy complaints over tracking of user activities at partner websites. Facebook agreed to end Beacon and create a foundation to promote online privacy, safety and security as part of a $9.5 million settlement in a lawsuit over the program. A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., still must approve the terms...
Video shows Somali crowds vowing allegiance to bin Laden (09/22/09)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- An Islamic insurgent group that controls much of Somalia has released a video showing its members vowing allegiance to Osama bin Laden, training in dusty camps and slamming Somalia's U.S.-backed president as a traitor. The tape was released late Sunday by al-Shabab, an insurgent group that last week hit the African Union peacekeeping base with suicide car bombs, killing 21 people in the deadliest single attack on peacekeepers since they arrived in 2007...
War crimes trials pushed back again (09/22/09)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- A military judge agreed Monday to another delay in the war crimes trial of five Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks to give U.S. officials more time to decide how to try them. Army Col. Stephen Henley granted the 60-day continuance at the request of President Barack Obama's administration, which has said it will decide by Nov. 16 which Guantanamo cases will be tried in a revamped military court and which ones moved to civilian courts...
Ahmadinejad proud of latest denial of Holocaust (09/22/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's president said Monday he is proud to stoke international outrage with his latest remarks denying the Holocaust as he heads for the United Nations this week -- showing he is as defiant as ever while his country comes under greater pressure to curtail its nuclear program...
Ousted leader returns to Honduras (09/22/09)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Deposed President Manuel Zelaya made a dramatic return to Honduras' capital on Monday, taking shelter from arrest at Brazil's embassy and calling for negotiations with the leaders who forced him from the country at gunpoint...
French factory workers strip down in effort to save their jobs (09/22/09)
PARIS -- Workers at a struggling heater factory in northwest France are taking it all off in a bid to save their jobs: They posed nude for a calendar to call attention to their plight. Mr. February is wearing nothing but a cardboard box. Mr. October is posed like the famed Rodin sculpture "The Thinker." Mr. April is naked but for a flag bearing the company's logo, flowing in front of his lower body...
Meadow Heights sweeps Oak Ridge in volleyball (09/22/09)
The Meadow Heights volleyball team had little trouble winning at Oak Ridge on Monday night, posting a 25-10, 25-15 victory.
Redhawks' Davis wins honor (09/22/09)
Southeast Missouri State's Molly Davis has been named the Ohio Valley Conference's defensive player of the week for volleyball for the second straight week. The senior libero had 59 digs in two matches last week as she extended her streak of matches with double-figure digs to 31...
Redhawks remain optimistic after loss (09/22/09)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel said nothing he saw during Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference opener has changed his thinking regarding the type of team the Redhawks have. Samuel entered the year believing Southeast was a solid squad capable of putting together a strong season...
Area digest 9/22/09 (09/22/09)
Giebler wins Dalhousie club championship Brevin Giebler shot even par over three rounds to win the Dalhousie men's club championship by seven strokes. Giebler had rounds of 71, 75 and 70 for a 216 total. Ken Winford placed second with a 223 total and Ben Cantrell (233) finished third...
DeRosa hits two homers in Cardinals' 7-3 win (09/22/09)
The Associated Press HOUSTON -- Mark DeRosa hopes he's finally broken out of the slump that's followed his wrist injury. DeRosa homered twice at Minute Maid Park for the second time this season and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Astros 7-3 on Monday night, a few hours after Houston fired manager Cecil Cooper...
Manning leads Colts past Dolphins 27-23 (09/22/09)
MIAMI -- While the Miami Dolphins' celebrities were making a Hollywood-style grand entrance, Peyton Manning slipped in a side door and stole the show. Manning threw two touchdown passes to take some sheen off the Dolphins' glitzy makeover under new owner Stephen Ross, and the Indianapolis Colts came from behind four times to win 27-23 Monday night...
Warner takes accuracy to new level (09/22/09)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A week ago, Kurt Warner was over the hill, a graybeard quarterback finally showing his age. Seven days later, he was nearly perfect. It's just another comeback for a man who has personified resilience in professional football. No quarterback in NFL history has been more on the mark than the 38-year-old Warner was in Arizona's 31-17 victory at Jacksonville. He completed 24 of 26 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns...
Spagnuolo sees progress in Rams' second loss (09/22/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams scored their first points and got their first sack of the season against the Washington Redskins. They're still waiting for their first victory, heading into the home opener against the Packers. New Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo realizes that despite making progress it's a bottom line business for a franchise that has dropped 12 in a row...
Church over Shakespeare's grave seeks funds to fight roof rot problem (09/22/09)
LONDON -- Something is rotten in the city of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. It's the beam that supports the roof over the grave of William Shakespeare, and the church where he lies is urgently seeking $80,00 for repairs. The Rev. Martin Gorick, vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, said the problem was discovered three weeks ago by workmen on the roof of the church, who were alarmed to find bits of the beam falling off...
Researchers: Aspirin cuts colon cancer risk (09/22/09)
LONDON -- People with a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer could cut their chances of developing the disease in half by taking a daily dose of aspirin, researchers said Monday. The finding might lead to other treatments by helping researchers understand how aspirin combats colon cancer, one of the top three cancers in rich countries...
10-minute workout involves seven exercises, no gym (09/22/09)
NEW YORK -- No need to spend 30 minutes slogging away on the elliptical or making the rounds on the weight machines. Here's a 10 minute no-equipment program that works the entire body from Peter Park, fitness expert for livestrong.com and Lance Armstrong's strength and conditioning coach...
Virgil Underwood (09/22/09)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Virgil V. Underwood, 66, of Lees Summit, Mo., formerly of Glenallen, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 14, 1943, at Glenallen, son of Charlie Floyd and Thelma Jane Deck Underwood. Virgil was a graduate of Rolla School of Mines with a master's degree in electrical engineering. He was a member of Glenallen Baptist Church...
Ella McClarney (09/22/09)
THEBES, Ill. — Ella L. McClarney, 89, of Thebes died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Jones Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Carolyn Bourland (09/22/09)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Carolyn M. Bourland, 84, of Goose Creek, S.C., formerly of Cairo, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at East Cooper Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements...
Melissa Ortiz (09/22/09)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Melissa D. Eubanks Ortiz, 28, of Jonesboro died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro...
Elmer Stephens Jr. (09/22/09)
ANNA, Ill. -- Elmer Eugene "Gene" Stephens Jr., 86, of Mount Vernon, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Country Side Manor in Mount Vernon. Visitation will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna...
Jeffrey Gunter (09/22/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Jeffrey Neil Gunter, 41, of Sikeston died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at his home. He was formerly of Cape Girardeau. There is no service. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Joyce Kirn (09/22/09)
Joyce Faye Kirn, 68, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at her home. She was born Aug. 13, 1941, in Marble Hill, Mo., to Charles Edward and Delcie Hanners Newell. She and Alfred Kirn were married Feb. 7, 1959. Joyce was a CNA more than 35 years in several local nursing homes, including the former Deal Nursing Home and Jackson Manor in Jackson, retiring in 1998 due to health...
Helen Bollinger (09/22/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Helen Estelle Bollinger, 91, of Chaffee went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 30, 1918, at Burfordville, daughter of Fred Walker and Clara Dell Proctor Jones. She and Ancle W. Bollinger were married in November 1939. He died Dec. 13, 1983...
Scott Pruitt (09/22/09)
Robert Scott Pruitt, 55, of Delta died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 31, 1953, in St. Louis, son of Bobby R. and Patsy R. Gales Pruitt. He and Mary Ellen Brucker were married Feb. 11, 1978...
Gilbert Westrich (09/22/09)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Gilbert M. Westrich, 83, of New Hamburg died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Kelso, Mo., to Fridolin Phillip and Agatha Glueck Westrich. He married Veronica Bucher on April 14, 1948...
Stephen Marquardt (09/22/09)
Stephen Carl Marquardt, 64, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born July 3, 1945, in Cairo, Ill., son of Carl A. and Mary C. Roberts Marquardt. He and Donna Dagenhart were married in 1967 in Goldsboro, N.C...
Bro. Donald Cox Sr. (09/22/09)
Brother Donald E. Cox Sr., 69, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Feb. 2, 1940, in Menfro, Mo., son of C. Elmer and Irene Sewing Cox. He married Vada May Wilson on Sept. 16, 1989, in Jackson...
Ken Stearns (09/22/09)
Ken Stearns Ken Stearns, 84, of Gonzales, Texas, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Gonzales Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 30, 1925, at Daisy, son of William and Ida Klaus Stearns. He and Evelyn Mikesh were married in September 1987. Ken owned and operated Jackson Feed and Produce. In 1967 he went to work for the USDA as an inspector for poultry and eggs...
Births 9/22/09 (09/22/09)
Allen; Martin; Moore; Johnson; Pobst
Fire report 9/22/09 (09/22/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: ...
Police report 9/22/09 (09/22/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Theft Burglary Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. ...
Out of the past 9/22/09 (09/22/09)
25 years ago: Sept. 22, 1984 A one-building plan for the multipurpose building was recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee, which met here yesterday to review three proposed building schemes for the major events schedule; the committee also devised a list of 20 priorities for the building; named as top priority was a seating capacity of at least 8,000...
Marble Hill Habitat (09/22/09)
The first Habitat for Humanity house in Bollinger County will be constructed, thanks to a $100,000 donation from Stan Crader of Crader Distributing Co. The house will be built in Marble Hill, Mo., using the Habitat formula of providing affordable housing for families who invest sweat equity as well as a small down payment. The house will be financed by Habitat for Humanity at no interest...
Speak Out 9/22/09 (09/22/09)
Parade trash; Bike licenses; Be Americans; Being homeless; A better country; Inappropriate slogan; Military spending; In their pocket; No new taxes?; Quick points; Misdirection; Waiting game
Prayer 9/22/09 (09/22/09)
Watch over our efforts to live good and productive lives, O God. Amen.
Chippin Away in Marble Hill (09/22/09)
Hey folks...just wanted to remind all of you about the Christmas in the Foothills Golf Chipping Contest on Saturday, Sept. 26th,in Magnolia Park, Marble Hill, MO. We have heard alot of braggin' about all you golfers and how well you chip that ole ball up on the green....so now is the time to come out and show us what all the talk is about...
New Theater Season Set To Open At Three Rivers (09/22/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Three Rivers Community College rolls out the red carpet with an exciting 2009-2010 Patrons of the Arts Season featuring a bright star from Broadway and Hollywood, a classic from American literature, Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet as well as musical performances encompassing bluegrass, jazz, folk and classical...
Backyard Horseshoe Club members participate in Missouri State Horseshoe Tournament (09/22/09)
Several local residents recently represented the Backyard Horseshoe Club and Southeast Missouri by participating in the Missouri State Horseshoe Pitchers Championships Sept. 4 through 7 in Wentzville, Mo., at the Quail Ridge Horseshoe Club. This is also the home of the newly-constructed National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame...
Jefferson Teachers receive gift cards from Walmart (09/22/09)
Ten Jefferson Elementary teachers were presented with gift cards valued at one hundred dollars from Walmart. Walmart showed their appreation for Jefferson teachers and Jefferson teachers greatly appreciate their generousity.
Bad Dog Ellie Mae!!! (09/22/09)
This is the scene we came home to one evening. Ellie Mae loves to pull the stuffing out of things, then look at you like she didn't do it.
Backpack program begins at Jefferson Elementary, Cape (09/22/09)
Volunteers help to unload backpacks for needy families. The program was launched last Friday. The second round of backpacks will be going home this Friday. A big thanks goes out to Grace Women's Council, Southeast Missouri Food Bank, and United Way...
What a ride! (09/22/09)
My great nephews, Jayden and Ryan, at the fair. Their expressions tell it all. They had a great time.
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