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Kit Bond to be SEMO parade marshal (09/24/09)
In a nonelection year there tend to be fewer entries in the Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming parade because politicians aren't campaigning. This year, however, a politician leaving office will be taking center stage during the event. Sen. Kit Bond, who will retire after his fourth Senate term in 2010, will be the grand marshal of the Oct. 10 parade...
Sen. McCaskill renews push against earmarks (09/24/09)
The earmark mentality in Washington, D.C. destroys the chance for fair competition in many federal grant programs, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said today after attempting to block earmarks in a $20 million program. McCaskill made her remarks in a conference call with Missouri reporters that also touched on the war in Afghanistan and the ongoing debate on health insurance legislation. ...
Tax credit for first-time buyers boosting home sales in Cape area (09/24/09)
Brittany Zyduck had always dreamed of purchasing a home, but the timing never was quite right. When she learned of a tax credit that gives first-time homebuyers up to $8,000, she knew it was time to act. Two months after viewing the home during an open house, Zyduck and her husband, John, were owners of a Scott City home. Without the tax credit, Zyduck said, it may have been difficult to purchase the home...
County sues mailing contractor to recover advance payment (09/24/09)
Cape Girardeau County filed a lawsuit Tuesday to recover more than $4,000 advanced to a contract mailing service that went out of business with little notice in August. The county is suing Commercial Mail Services Inc., 2089 Bessie St., which handled the bulk mailing services for county government since July 2007. In the lawsuit, the county said it paid Commercial Mail Services Inc., owned by Earl E. Burnett, in advance each month...
Bell City driver injured when vehicle hits guardrail, overturns (09/24/09)
A Bell City, Mo., man suffered moderate injuries this morning in a single-car accident south of Delta, Mo., the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. Kenneth J. Hayes, 30, was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center after his 2006 Chevrolet struck a guardrail along Highway 25 about five miles south of Delta. His car ran off the side of the highway and overturned, the patrol reported. The accident occurred at about 11:20 a.m...
Florida fugitive arrested in Dexter (09/24/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Florida man is behind bars in Stoddard County following an arrest by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Dexter Police Department. Michel D. Depriest, 47, was arrested Monday morning at 609 Two Mile Road in Dexter on a sexual battery charge and for not registering as a sex offender in Florida...
Cape Girardeau police searching for jewelry thieves (09/24/09)
Shoulder work will reduce U.S. 61 to one lane (09/24/09)
Road work will reduce U.S. 61 to one lane U.S. 61 will be limited to a single lane of traffic with a 14-foot width restriction today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder work north of Fruitland. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The section of road where the work will be performed is at the junction with Route E. Motorists are asked to use caution in the area...
Latest burglaries in Cape may be related (09/24/09)
Less than a month after the conviction of Mark P. Lowery, who confessed to more than 100 burglaries in Cape Girardeau County over the past three years, police are now investigating a new string of burglaries. Six burglaries committed in Cape Girardeau since Sept. 4 may be connected, said police spokesman Cpl. Adam Glueck...
Twin Rivers audit highlights expense cuts (09/24/09)
BROSELEY, Mo. -- Auditors credit wiser spending practices for a more than 14 percent increase in total net assets during Twin Rivers School District's previous fiscal year. Board members approved an audit for the fiscal year ending June 30 during a board meeting Tuesday night in Broseley, the Daily American Republic reported...
Blue Valley school bus drivers vote down contract (09/24/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban Kansas City school district joined two other districts preparing for a possible strike of bus drivers by voting down a contract offer. Center and Park Hill districts voted for the same earlier this week. Olathe, Kan., bus drivers are scheduled to vote Thursday. Joe Sutton, union spokesman, said if they do strike, drivers in all of the districts would walk out the same day...
SEMO District Fair winners (09/24/09)
4-H winners Angus Champion female: Chelsea Kirn, Daisy Reserve champion female: Chelsea Kirn, Daisy Champion bull: Brandon Pleimann, Fruitland Reserve champion bull: Chelsea Kirn, Daisy Polled Hereford Champion female: Whitney Welker, Daisy...
Bernie city officials celebrate new cell phone tower (09/24/09)
City officials, state legislators and residents of Bernie gathered Tuesday morning at City Hall to celebrate the opening of a new AT&T cell phone tower at the west end of Allis Street. Marsha Haskell, regional director of external affairs for AT&T-Missouri, said the new tower will provide better wireless coverage and call quality in the community. The tower will provide coverage from Dexter to Bernie along the Highway 25 corridor...
Teens lack work despite stimulus program (09/24/09)
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Obama administration's economic stimulus program to find jobs for thousands of teenagers this summer couldn't overcome one of the bleakest job markets in more than 60 years that had desperate adults competing for the same work...
New jobless claims drop unexpectedly to 530,000 (09/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits in the U.S. fell for the third straight week, evidence that layoffs are continuing to ease in the earliest stages of an economic recovery. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped to a seasonally adjusted 530,000 from an upwardly revised 551,000 the previous week. Wall Street economists expected claims to rise by 5,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters...
Obama asks for more economic balance from G-20 nations (09/24/09)
PITTSBURGH -- With the world's major economies having stepped back from the brink of a devastating meltdown, President Barack Obama comes to a global summit here pushing a slimmed-down agenda designed to prevent a repeat of the conditions that caused such panic a few months ago...
House votes short-term extension for transportation programs (09/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- With Congress distracted by health care and disagreeing over transportation policy, the House was forced Wednesday to take emergency steps to keep key air and highway programs going through the end of the year. The House vote, 335-85, assured that Federal Aviation Administration programs and ongoing highway and public transit programs will continue operating through the end of the year. Without the action, those programs would shut down Sept. 30...
Iranian president rails against capitalism at U.N. (09/24/09)
UNITED NATIONS -- Under increasing attack over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday that Tehran was ready to meet conciliation with conciliation. Ahmadinejad spoke to a half-empty chamber as he sought to cast himself as a beleaguered champion of the developing world, which he portrayed as under attack from rapacious capitalism...
Obama to world leaders: Don't expect America to fix it all (09/24/09)
UNITED NATIONS -- President Barack Obama challenged world leaders Wednesday to shoulder more of the globe's critical burdens, promising a newly cooperative partner in America but warning they can no longer castigate the U.S. as a go-it-alone bully while still demanding it cure all ills...
Sweden launches manhunt after helicopter heist (09/24/09)
STOCKHOLM -- With cinematic flourish, the masked robbers dropped from a helicopter onto the roof of a Swedish cash depot before dawn, broke into the building through a glass pyramid, set off explosions to get to the millions inside and escaped by hoisting themselves and their haul back up on rope lines...
ND sweeps Indians in volleyball battle (09/24/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Notre Dame's Meghan Dohogne had to make an adjustment coming into her senior year. She had to learn to play the back row after playing the front for the previous two years. On Wednesday night, it was evident she can do both. Dohogne helped lead the state-ranked Bulldogs volleyball team past St. Vincent 25-12, 25-16...
High school roundup: Reinagel perfect in ND's 10-0 victory (09/24/09)
Lauren Reinagel tossed her second perfect game of the season, this time a 10-0 victory against Central on Wednesday. Reinagel also went 2 for 4 at the plate. Mallory Siebert collected three hits in the Bulldogs' road win. Emily Myers took the loss for the Tigers...
A preview of Central's football game vs. Sikeston (09/24/09)
Sikeston (4-0) at Central (0-4) Last week: Sikeston 27, Jackson 0; Farmington 44, Central 28 Last season: Sikeston 47, Central 18 Outlook: Sikeston has posted shutout victories in its last three games and is off to its best start in 18 seasons. ...
Redhawks sign on to play Ball State in football in 2010 (09/24/09)
Southeast Missouri State athletic director John Shafer, on the job a little less than eight months, said he was scrambling to find the Redhawks' 2010 Division I-A football opponent. Shafer recently ended his scramble by lining up the football program's annual "money" game for next year as the Redhawks will face Ball State in Muncie, Ind...
Avery struggling with fumbles (09/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- It's two games and two turnovers for Donnie Avery, the St. Louis Rams' second-round pick last year. He realizes more than those who are making him the franchise's latest scapegoat that it's two too many. Ball security suddenly has become an issue with a player expected to lead the team's thin and inexperienced wide receiver corps. ...
Perry begins to live up to expectations (09/24/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Wide receiver Jared Perry has had ups and downs during his career at Missouri, but for his senior season, he's emerging as one of the Tigers' biggest threats. At 6-1 and 175 pounds, Perry has bulked up substantially from the 148-pounder who arrived as a freshman. Through the first three games, Perry leads Missouri (3-0) in receiving yards with 309 and touchdowns with four. He's second on the team with 17 catches, behind Danario Alexander's 20...
Cardinals move to brink of playoff berth (09/24/09)
HOUSTON -- Bud Norris and the Houston Astros made sure the St. Louis Cardinals didn't celebrate a division championship at Minute Maid Park. The 24-year-old rookie shut out the Cardinals for the second time and St. Louis missed a chance to capture the NL Central in a 3-0 loss to the Astros on Wednesday night...
Who's next 9/24/09 (09/24/09)
Honors, achievements -- From staff reports...
Senior Moments: The myth of the carefree senior year (09/24/09)
Senior year is here. For the class of 2010, ruling the school and setting the standard of cool is now in our hands. Unfortunately for our stress levels, so are college applications, ACT scores and a seemingly endless number of essays. The supposed image of a carefree senior year has been masked by the deluge of college mail piled up on my coffee table, essay prompts mocking me as blank sheets of paper stare at my face and deadlines I'm never good at keeping straight...
Students at seven high school begin food drive competition (09/24/09)
People are hungry. High schoolers want to help. Students from seven area high schools will kick off a food drive competition for the Southeast Missouri Food Bank today. About 100 students from participating high school organizations will kick off the event with a party tonight...
Hooked on Science: Hairy potato (09/24/09)
Have you ever wondered how a seed sprouts into a plant? Grab a few ingredients from around the house for a lesson in germination. Materials Instructions STEP 1: Using the knife, cut both ends off the potato. STEP 2: Use the spoon to create a hollow space at one end of the potato...
Cheering for the Cardinals, spit and all (09/24/09)
Sept. 24, 2009 Dear Leslie, The St. Louis Cardinals may have clinched the National League Central Division championship by the time you read this. I know this news will make you go cross-eyed, but for people who grew up here on the eastern side of Missouri and lots of other places in the Midwest, rooting for the Cardinals is part of our birthright...
Arthur Kraemer (09/24/09)
Arthur C. Kraemer, 88, of Jackson died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Brent Self officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau...
Arline Foley (09/24/09)
ANNA, Ill. -- Arline M. Foley, 91, of Anna died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Union County Hospital in Anna. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery...
Shelton Hempstead Jr. (09/24/09)
Shelton Hempstead Jr., 52, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born Nov. 27, 1956, in Los Angeles, to Shelton and Mata Wood Hempstead Sr. Hempstead worked for Henry Warfield Construction 10 years, being disabled after that...
Benjamin Drury (09/24/09)
KELSO, Mo. -- Benjamin L. "Bud" Drury, 88, of Kelso died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 19, 1921, in Benton, Mo., to Benjamin C. and Lorette E. Bertrand Drury. He married Lois Marie Wills on May 6, 1950, in Charleston, Mo. She died April 16, 2008...
Ruth Rainwater (09/24/09)
Roy "Ruth" Rainwater, 91, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at her residence. Born May 3, 1918, in Camden, Tenn., to the late Arch and Ida Hall Farmer, she was a homemaker on the family farm near Sikeston and a member of Bement Baptist Church. On Feb. 3, 1940, in Camden, she was married to Elmer Thomas Rainwater, who preceded her in death July 9, 1991...
Wesley Schlosser (09/24/09)
ORAN, Mo. -- Wesley Louis Schlosser, 78, of Oran went to be with his heavenly father Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. He was born Oct. 25, 1930, to loving parents Ed and Ida Westrich Schlosser in Kelso, Mo. He married Emma Louise Job on Sept. 12, 1950...
Births 9/24/09 (09/24/09)
Boley; Westrich
Fire report 9/24/09 (09/24/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 9/24/09 (09/24/09)
25 years ago: Sept. 24, 1984 D.W. "Wayne" Goddard, former Southeast Missouri State University head football coach and former Cape Girardeau Central High School assistant principal, died Saturday at his home in Cherokee Village, Ark., at the age of 70...
Respect for funerals (09/24/09)
The respect generally shown for funeral processions in Southeast Missouri is a wonderful tribute to both the deceased and the families and friends of those who have died. The custom of motorists pulling off to the side of the road when a funeral procession is passing is more than a matter of convenience and safety. It is a way of acknowledging, one last time, those whose lives on Earth have been extinguished as well as those who mourn...
Speak Out 9/24/09 (09/24/09)
Trash suggestions; Poor decision; Foolish spending; More regulation; No green light; Presidential thanks; Free resources; Not a word; Fair carnival; Bin is too big; Animal care
Prayer 9/24/09 (09/24/09)
For those recovering from the effects of natural disasters, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
Benny outdoors (09/24/09)
This is Benny playing at chaffee lake.
Morpheus (09/24/09)
This is my kitty Morpheus. He always sleeps in a odd spot but on that day he decided to be normal for a change. Like many male cats that are neutered, Morpheus packed on the pounds. I think it just makes him extra fluffy.
Arbie (09/24/09)
This is a picture of my Arbie, just after I broke the news to him that he was overweight and that the Vet wants him to go on a diet. He is one of my six cats, all named after deceased family members, Arbie, Arland, Lena, Orval, Harvey and Mary (Pooh.)...
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