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Alabama man issued citations after single-vehicle I-55 crash (11/27/09)
An Alabama man will receive citations for driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway and driving without insurance following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 Friday afternoon, according to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Cpl. Adam Glueck...
Brothers plug in holiday light show near Kelso, Mo. (11/27/09)
KELSO, Mo. -- A year and more than 50,000 lights later, Brooks and Brandon Clark debuted their first holiday light show Thursday. Putting on a multicolored light show around the home near Kelso had been a goal for the Clarks for a few years. The brothers were inspired by a light show in Cape Girardeau, which started their online search for ideas...
Fire damages home, shed (11/27/09)
An early morning fire that started in a shed but quickly spread to a nearby home severely damaged both structures Thursday. According to Fruitland Fire District chief Dean Riley, the fire on U.S. 61 started around 10:30 a.m. Firefighters contained the blaze by 11 a.m...
Black Friday crowds turn out early (11/27/09)
Standing in front of a line that seemed a mile long at Toys R Us in Cape Girardeau, Jane Poole considered herself lucky to have a ticket allowing her to purchase a Zhu Zhu hamster. Poole, who was with some family members, arrived at the toy store shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday. By midnight the line stretched from in front of Toys R Us and adjoining stores and around the parking lot, ending near the stop light at Silver Springs Road and William Street...
Salvation Army reports 1,498 meals served, delivered during annual Thanksgiving Day event (11/27/09)
Like many Americans, Robert Winschel has his favorite holiday traditions. The Arnold, Mo., resident feels he found a new one Thursday volunteering at the Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving dinner. "Every year I tell myself I'll do something like this, but this year finally decided to go through with it," said Winschel, who will soon move to Cape Girardeau with his son, Drake. "From this day on, my son and I plan to be here every Thanksgiving."...
Parking prohibited in sections of Cape Girardeau during Sunday's parade (11/27/09)
Police will close sections of downtown Cape Girardeau during Sunday's annual Christmas parade. According to a news release from Sgt. Kevin Orr of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, parking will be prohibited beginning at 2 p.m. on the following sections of the city:...
Woman on disability could use gifts of bus coupons, cat food (11/27/09)
Ms. B is on disability and has a hairline fracture of her hip, making it difficult to walk. Her son is in the hospital in St. Louis for long-term care, and she doesn't have transportation to visit him. She could really use help to pay for a ride from BART to and from St. Louis. She could also use a hooded coat, size 4X, and some coupons for the bus in Cape Girardeau. She has only her cat for company and could use cat food and cat litter...
Sisters, 8 and 11, would like bicycles for Christmas (11/27/09)
Constance, 11, and Hanna, 8, love playing outside in their neighborhood. They are asking Santa for bicycles this year. They could also use clothing and shoes to wear to school. Mom doesn't have much extra to spend on Christmas, and new bikes for each of the girls would make them happy...
Marquand man appointed to Corrections Officer Certification Commission (11/27/09)
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Jason Royle, 31, of Marquand, Mo., to the Corrections Officer Certification Commission. Royle's role will including making recommendations about certifications, qualifications, training, testing. Royle is a sergeant at the Missouri Department of Corrections facility in Bonne Terre, Mo. His term will end Oct. 30...
Three arrested on methamphetamine charges in Sikeston (11/27/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Three people will be arraigned Wednesday following a joint investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, SEMO Drug Task Force and Sikeston Department of Public Safety's narcotics division.
Malden gets millions from FEMA to revamp utility system (11/27/09)
MALDEN -- A Dunklin County utility company will receive federal money to help fund a $10 to $15 million overhaul of Missouri's second-oldest publicly owned municipal electric system.
Retailers ready for Black Friday (11/27/09)
The holiday shopping season has arrived, and area retailers say they're prepared to handle the influx of shoppers expected to visit their stores today. Brown's Shoe Fit Co. in Cape Girardeau will hold a tailgate party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in an attempt to draw in more customers. Manager Jason Longwith said this is the first year the shoe store has undertaken the effort...
Cape holiday display has Colorado theme (11/27/09)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com From left, Lily Ahlvin, Mason Ahlvin, Kate Smith and Samuel Smith watch as trains pass in front of them at the Hutson's Fine Furniture Christmas display in downtown Cape Girardeau on Sunday. The theme of this year's display is Silverton, Colo....
Missouri Delta to build new medical clinic in Charleston (11/27/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Missouri Delta Medical Center will build a $1.4 million medical clinic in Charleston. The new facility, which will be about 6,400 square feet, will house Missouri Delta's Rural Health Clinic and ReStart Rehabilitation Center, according to Jason Schrumpf, vice president of professional services...
Cultivating controversy: Urban farmers collide with Kansas City rules (11/27/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Steve Mann doesn't look like an outlaw as he cheerfully harvests giant rutabagas and lettuce bunches from a friend's garden in Kansas City. But technically he is violating Kansas City ordinances as he prepares to sell the produce...
Mo. ordered to pay $152K to firm (11/27/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri trial judge Wednesday ordered the state to pay $152,000 for illegally terminating a janitorial company's state contracts when the firm was targeted by an immigration sting. Cole County Judge Richard Callahan concluded the company could not have known some employees were illegal immigrants and ordered the payment for breach of contract...
Shaq pays for girl's funeral (11/27/09)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl after being moved by national news coverage of the case of Shaniya Davis, who police say was kidnapped and killed. The Cleveland Cavaliers player was touched by the stories he saw and contacted the family to see what he could do to help, a spokeswoman for O'Neal said Thursday...
Reality TV camera crew filmed uninvited White House couple (11/27/09)
WASHINGTON -- The couple who crashed a White House state dinner were being filmed that day by a camera crew connected with a reality television program, although none of the filming took place on White House grounds, a spokeswoman for the program's network said Thursday...
New national project promotes talking, not shopping, for Black Friday (11/27/09)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A national oral history project is trying to start a new tradition for Black Friday. Instead of hunting for bargains, StoryCorps suggests families sit down together and talk about their lives on a National Day of Listening. Amanda Rigell, a 30-year-old middle school teacher from Johnson City, Tenn., interviewed her grandmother, who was 89 at the time, for the first National Day of Listening last year...
'Ghost' traps, long lost, keep catching lobsters (11/27/09)
PORTLAND, Maine -- Beneath the cold ocean waters off the coast of Maine, the nation's prime location for lobster, lie hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of old wire lobster "ghost traps." Lost over the years to storms, boats and even the knives of fishermen who've cut them from their buoys to settle scores, many of the traps continue catching lobsters...
Utah family struggles to make sense of cave death (11/27/09)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The brother of a man who died early Thursday trapped 700-feet inside a Utah cave said his family is remarkably strong but struggles to make sense of what happened. John Jones, 26, of Stansbury Park, died nearly 28 hours after he became stuck upside-down in Nutty Putty Cave, a popular spelunking site about 80 miles south of Salt Lake City...
Americans give thanks, watch parades, feast in space shuttle (11/27/09)
NEW YORK -- Giant balloons, floats, marching bands and clowns with confetti brought smiles to hundreds of thousands of revelers eager to catch a glimpse of a parade as steeped in Thanksgiving Day tradition as turkey and pumpkin pie. Crowds six to seven people deep lined the streets of Manhattan on Thursday for the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as merrymakers gathered nationwide for massive parades in cities such as Detroit and Philadelphia...
Seniors suffer in troubled California subdivision (11/27/09)
HEMET, Calif. -- John and Donna Pringle were newly widowed when they fell in love and decided to slip into retirement together at a sprawling community being built for the 55-and-up crowd a few miles from their homes in this sun-bleached Southern California town...
Car insurance scofflaws raise health mandate doubt (11/27/09)
DENVER -- Thousands of drivers on the nation's roads don't carry auto insurance, despite laws in all but two states requiring it. Critics of President Barack Obama's health overhaul plan ask: What are the chances scofflaws will treat a requirement to carry health insurance any differently?...
Iraqi PM: Election dispute poses risks to security (11/27/09)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister on Thursday vowed there will be no delay in the withdrawal of U.S. troops despite an Iraqi political dispute that is expected to force a January vote to be postponed. In an interview with The Associated Press, however, Nouri al-Maliki warned that the dispute threatens national security and he harshly criticized Tariq al-Hashemi, a Sunni Arab vice president who vetoed a key election law...
Iran seizes rights lawyer's Nobel Peace Prize medal (11/27/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities have confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's medal, her lawyer and Norway's government said Thursday, in a sign of the increasingly drastic steps Tehran is taking against any dissent. In Norway, where the peace prize is awarded, the government said the confiscation was a shocking first in the history of the 108-year-old prize...
Mumbai residents commemorate attack anniversary (11/27/09)
MUMBAI, India -- A grandfather visited the room where his grandson was orphaned. A young man returned to the hotel where he narrowly escaped death. Mumbai residents went in droves to donate blood at a train station overrun in the 60-hour siege of India's financial capital...
Soldiers in Afghanistan enjoy turkeys they raised (11/27/09)
BARAKI-BARAK, Afghanistan -- As daylight faded and the winter cold set in, soldiers huddled inside a crude wooden hut to eat Thanksgiving turkeys the unit itself had fattened and to give thanks for having survived a year of combat in Afghanistan...
Palestinians urge U.S. to raise pressure on Israel to stop construction (11/27/09)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinians appealed to the United States on Thursday to raise pressure on Israel, saying an Israeli plan to halt new construction in the West Bank was insincere. Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top presidential adviser, said he hopes U.S. envoy George Mitchell can bring about what he called "a real peace process" that would halt all settlement construction. Mitchell is expected in the region soon in his latest attempt to bring the sides back to the negotiating table...
IAEA chief says Iran nuclear program probe at 'dead end' (11/27/09)
VIENNA -- The outgoing head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday his probe of Iran's nuclear program is at "a dead end" and that trust in Tehran's credibility is shrinking after its belated revelation that it was secretly building a nuclear facility...
U.S. demand for cheap wine buoys global market (11/27/09)
PARIS -- Is the world drowning its sorrows in cheap wine? An industry group said Thursday that more wine could be consumed globally this year, thanks to crisis-fueled demand for cheaper or discounted tipples, particularly in the United States. While that might benefit some low-end producers, the organization's director cautioned wine growers to resist what he called the "massive pressure on prices," which erodes profits...
Cuban military exercises guards against U.S. invasion (11/27/09)
HAVANA -- Cuba's armed forces launched three days of intense military exercises across the island Thursday, a mobilization that state-controlled media says is designed to guard against an American invasion. Americans focused on a U.S. military assault more likely are thinking about how President Barack Obama will pursue war in Afghanistan -- not Cuba. ...
Central, ND boys basketball teams to debut in Showcase (11/27/09)
High school boys basketball fans who need an early fix for hoops will get their chance Saturday at the Show Me Center. Central and Notre Dame will be in action as well as the reigning Class AAA state champions from Tennessee. The Pepsi Showcase gets underway at 2:30 p.m. with a pair of Kentucky schools -- Ballard Memorial vs. Fulton City...
Redhawks prep for OVC at three-day tourney (11/27/09)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will tune up for Ohio Valley Conference play with three games in three days. Southeast (1-3) is in Normal, Ill., for the Basketball Travelers Classic hosted by Illinois State. The Redhawks play St. Bonaventure (2-1) at 8 p.m. today, Illinois State (3-0) at 6:05 p.m. Saturday and Norfolk State (1-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday...
Central graduate pursues professional golf career (11/27/09)
Cape Girardeau native Todd Obergoenner hopes to one day hold one of those large presentation checks awarded to winners on the PGA Tour. Obergoenner took a small step in that direction earlier this month when the 2004 Central graduate earned his first payday in professional golf. While the check was relatively small at $1,552, it represented a monumental step for the 23-year-old Obergoenner, who is competing in the 12-week Hooters Tour Winters Series around Orlando, Fla...
Who to perform at Super Bowl (11/27/09)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Who will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl this season. The NFL announced during Thursday's game between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys that the longtime rock band known for classic hits such as "Pinball Wizard" and "Baba O'Riley" will play Feb. 7 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami...
Mangino could be coaching final game vs. MU (11/27/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Heading into what could be his final game as coach at Kansas, Mark Mangino might still position the Jayhawks for a school-record third straight bowl game. A victory over archrival Missouri on Saturday would snap a six-game losing streak and make Kansas postseason eligible amid all the turmoil and controversy...
TD by player with Down syndrome touches spectators (11/27/09)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- His team trailing 46-0, Matt Ziesel scored a touchdown. A single play, one of thousands across high school fields this fall and meaningless to the final score, brought tears of joy to fans in a Missouri stadium and went viral on the Internet...
Packers extend Lions' Turkey Day losing streak to six (11/27/09)
The Detroit Lions used to take a lot of pride in playing on Thanksgiving. Lately, the Lions have been getting embarrassed when the nation tunes in to watch them. Aaron Rodgers matched a career high with three touchdown passes and Charles Woodson grabbed two of his team's four interceptions, giving the Green Bay Packers a 34-12 win over Detroit...
St. Louis wins first shootout this season in third attempt (11/27/09)
DALLAS -- Ty Conklin guessed right, and the St. Louis Blues found a way to win a shootout for the first time this season. Brad Boyes scored in the second round, and Conklin stopped Stephane Robidas in the third to give the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night...
Some suggestions (11/27/09)
As much as I'd like to, I can't solve all the world's problems. But while your Thanksgiving eats still have you in a stupor, I will try to enlighten you on a few perplexing situations. The U.S. has led two victorious wars in the post-World War II era. The first was Operation Urgent Fury in 1983 that rescued Grenada from the perils of something or other. The second was Desert Storm in 1990-1991, which detached Kuwait from the clutches of Saddam Hussein...
Giving creatively (11/27/09)
Times are tough, no doubt, and that's bad news for me this holiday season. Months ago a significant someone made me sit down and work out a personal budget -- Excel sheet and all. The normal money suckers are on there: rent, insurance, groceries. But my Local made me add a category: gifts...
20 YEARS ON THE WALL: Southeast art professor Ronald Clayton subject of retrospective (11/27/09)
Southeast Missouri State University houses many treasures on its River Campus. The Crisp Museum showcases collections from all over the world, from paintings to sculpture and archaeology. Southeast professor of painting and drawing Ronald V. Clayton has seen many exhibits pass through Southeast's halls in his 21 years of teaching. Now his art will be the focus as the university presents "Ron Clayton: Retrospective," an exhibition spanning 20 years of paintings by Clayton...
Southeast Missouri State University staff, student choreographers join forces for Fall for Dance show (11/27/09)
Dance students and faculty at Southeast Missouri State University now have an extra opportunity to take the main stage to showcase their movements and choreographing abilities, thanks to the convergence of their talents in a new format. "Fall for Dance" and "Spring Into Dance," two new shows at the River Campus this year, will combine the efforts of student and faculty once each season. Previously, the shows were presented as student-only in the fall and faculty-only in the spring...
Director prepares for luxury house arrest (11/27/09)
GSTAAD, Switzerland -- After two months in a Swiss jail, Roman Polanski prepared Thursday for the captivity of his $1.6 million chalet in one of world's most luxurious winter resorts. Polanski will have views of snowcapped Alpine peaks, spacious rooms and the all the amenities of a town with a reputation for catering to the wishes of the rich and famous...
The 'Twilight' effect: Stars talk about life before and after film phenom (11/27/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The "Twilight" series may have changed the lives of fans worldwide, but perhaps no one has been more affected by its success than the three stars of the film: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. All became overnight sensations when they were introduced to the novel's millions of fans as the faces of Edward, Bella and Jacob -- the three high-school students with mystical secrets at the center of the story. ...
Music Review: Finally, a true 'Idol' emerges in Lambert (11/27/09)
Adam Lambert "For Your Entertainment" (19/RCA) For reasons still unfathomable six months later, Adam Lambert finished second in this year's "American Idol" competition to Kris Allen. But none of that matters now: With the release of his debut album, Adam Lambert is about to become a huge star. ...
Peggy Strayhorn (11/27/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Peggy Strayhorn, 73, of Perryville died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie, Mo. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. Burial will follow at East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery...
Mary Lou Grant (11/27/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mary Lou Grant, 82 of Columbia passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mary Lou was born April 16, 1927 to Grover Cleveland and Dona Thaxton Fulbright in Millersville...
Janice Rulo (11/27/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Janice Marie Rulo, 61, of Benton, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 at her home. She was born Sept. 15, 1948 in Texas to Arney L. and Pauline Robinson. She married Lynnie Andrew Rulo, Sr. on March 3, 1997. He survives. She is survived by four sons, Lynnie Rulo, Jr. and Michael Rulo, both of Benton, Terry Rulo of St. Louis, and Steve Quinn of Moberly, Mo.; two daughters, Sheila Byassee of Qulin, Mo., and Debbie Gullett of Sullivan, Mo.; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren...
James Eachus (11/27/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James Robert Eachus, 84, of Scott City, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009 at Woodland Hills in Marble Hill. He was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Morley, Mo., to Arthur and Amanda McDonough Eachus. He married Elizabeth Amelia Peterson on May 4, 1946. She preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 1987...
Ivalea Bates (11/27/09)
Ivalea M. Bates (nee Brandes), age 73, asleep in Jesus, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at her residence in St. Louis County, Mo. Mrs. Bates was born and raised in Uniontown, Mo. Beloved wife of the late Doyle W. Bates; dear mother of Donald W. Bates and Susan M. ...
Annis Heuer (11/27/09)
Annis Lee Heuer, 90, of Cape Girardeau, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009 at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Dec. 30, 1918 in Randles, Mo., the daughter of William H. and Ethel E. Seabaugh Godwin. She and Herbert H. Heuer were married in 1940 at Springfield, Mo. He died in March 1974...
Robert Welker (11/27/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert L. Welker, 91, of Perryville, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. He was born June 25, 1918, at Perryville, the son of Glenton and Bertha Dunker Welker. He and Elba M. Gibbar were married April 19, 1941, at Brewer, Mo. She preceded him on Jan. 23, 2003...
Hubert Ross (11/27/09)
Hubert Lee Ross, son of the late Frank and Malinda Walker Ross, was born in Idalia, Mo., on Oct. 21, 1914, and passed away at his home in Jackson on Nov. 25, 2009, at the age of 95. He had lived in Dexter, Mo., most all his life before moving to Jackson in 1983. While in Dexter, he and his wife owned and operated Ross's Sporting Goods Store. He was a member of the Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau...
Police report 11/27/09 (11/27/09)
Arrests; DWI
Fire report 11/27/09 (11/27/09)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Out of the past 11/27/09 (11/27/09)
Rep. Marvin Proffer is confident the Missouri Legislature will appropriate its portion of the matching funds needed for the construction of a proposed veterans home in Cape Girardeau County; this could mean construction on the facility could begin as early as next year on a 21-acre tract owned by the county, behind Memorial Park Cemetery...
Shopping at home (11/27/09)
If you are one of the many eager shoppers today taking advantage of all the bargains in every store, you are supporting local merchants and the local economy. You are providing jobs for hundreds of friends and neighbors. You are investing in the local economy. And you are, indirectly, contributing to the funding of essential services provided by local governments...
Health plan is Ponzi scheme (11/27/09)
What would you call a private-sector Ponzi scheme that raided our Social Security-Medicare trust fund and all private citizens savings accounts without our consent and invested the money in a phony scheme? What if the schemers premeditatedly defrauded the American public with outlandish promises of a great return on that investment by calculating revenue over a 10-year period less expenses for only six of those years over the same 10-year period?...
Craft vendor expresses thanks (11/27/09)
I am writing to express my sincere thanks to the Osage Community Centre, the vendors and the patrons who visited my booth at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza. The theft that occurred at my booth devastated my business this holiday season, but what has amazed me is how the crafters and attendees banded together to support me in what has been one of the worst moments of my life. ...
Speak Out 11/27/09 (11/27/09)
*** Let her run; *** Case against smoking; *** Smoking stats; *** McCain's challenge; *** Scott City quarry; *** Private property; *** Fast-food manners; *** Thanks for phone
Prayer 11/27/09 (11/27/09)
Help us, O God, to choose wisely as we think about what to give others. Amen.
Arts Council Hosts Southeast Missourian Photojournalism Exhibition (11/27/09)
Timeless moments in Cape Girardeau history as captured by the staff of the Southeast Missourian will be featured during December and January at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's gallery. The Southeast Missourian Photojournalism Exhibition will open Friday, Dec. 4, with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m...
Black Dog Friday (11/27/09)
This weekend The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri will celebrate Black Dog Friday. All adoption fees on black dogs will be half off on Friday, November 27 thru Sunday, November 29. Black dogs are the most overlooked dogs in animal shelters across the country. There are several ideas as to why this happens. Some people think it is harder to read their dark faces and therefore they sometimes look mean even if they aren't...
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