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Southbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County reduced to one lane from Route K to Highway 34/61 (12/17/09)
Part of southbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair pavement. This section of roadway is located from Highway 34/61 to Route K. Work began Wednesday and will end at 4 p.m. Friday, weather permitting...
Fire destroys Bollinger County home (12/17/09)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- An early morning fire today destroyed a home on Route EE in northern Bollinger County. The Sedgewickville Fire Department was called to the home of Meredith Statler about 2-1/2 miles west of Route K at about 5:30 a.m., fire chief Nelson Palmer said. When firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later, the home was fully engulfed in flames...
Scott County moves closer to establishing business incentive zone (12/17/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County commissioners approved two pieces of paperwork required to establish the county's Enhanced Enterprise Zone. During their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners approved a strategic economic development plan presented Dec. 8 by Steve Duke, executive director of the Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission at Dexter...
Churches in Cape Girardeau, Perry counties prepare for holiday tour today and Friday (12/17/09)
Christian congregations in northern Cape Girardeau County and southern Perry County will host a celebration of Christmas and honor their history beginning today with the annual Christmas Country Church Tour. Twenty-three churches in 18 small towns throughout the counties have decorated sanctuaries for Christmas in an open-house self-guided tour designed to remind visitors of the meaning of Christmas and to celebrate their heritage. The tour is being held from 3 to 9 p.m. today and Friday...
Jackson club helping boy recovering from cancer (12/17/09)
A single mother and her 7-year-old son from Jackson have experienced their share of trials recently, such as a bout with cancer and a probable job loss. But one local organization is seeking the public's help to bring the family a little holiday cheer...
Woman in Kennett Walmart case to begin serving jail sentence Saturday (12/17/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Heather Ellis will serve four days in the Dunklin County Jail starting Saturday and ending Dec. 23, in compliance with a plea bargain she entered into with Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle following a three-day trial in Kennett last month.
Southeast Missouri State University looking at millions in budget cuts (12/17/09)
Eliminating faculty positions will be part of a two-year approach to address budget shortfalls at Southeast Missouri State University.
Change of venue granted in Capaha Park child sex case (12/17/09)
An alleged child predator behind bars after a police sting in Capaha Park has a new court date in a nearby county, according to KZIM-KSIM. The parent of a juvenile girl reported to police that 51-year-old Larry Windeknecht had sent several text messages to the girl's phone requesting a sexual encounter in the park.
Scott County Health Department warns of possible salmonella contamination from head cheese (12/17/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Health Department is asking people who may have purchased head cheese that originated in New Hamburg, Mo., to discard it for fear it may be contaminated with salmonella.
Portion of southbound I-55 in Cape County reduced to one lane (12/17/09)
A section of southbound Interstate 55 from Route KK to U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County has been reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform pavement repairs.
Property and real estate taxes due at the end of the month (12/17/09)
Cape Girardeau County tax bills are due by the end of the month, KZIM-KSIM reported. The Cape County collector's office mailed out nearly 65,000 tax bills to residents and businesses in early November. Those bills are slowly trickling back in and are due in less than 3 weeks
University to honor Nickell for career in history (12/17/09)
Southeast Missouri State University will honor history professor Frank Nickell when he receives the 2009 Pride Award at commencement ceremonies at the Show Me Center.
Part of southbound I-55 in down to one lane (12/17/09)
A section of southbound Interstate 55 from Route KK to U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County has been reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews perform pavement repairs. Work began at 7 a.m. today and will continue through 4 p.m. Friday, weather permitting. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT toll-free at 888-275-6636...
Boil-water order in effect for residents of Thebes, Ill. (12/17/09)
THEBES, Ill. -- A boil-water order remains in effect for residents of Thebes. Village clerk Vicki Woodard said the order is until noon Thursday. Woodard said crews are performing routine maintenance on one of the water lines.
Area ambulance district to take patients 'Home for the Holidays' (12/17/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Once again this holiday season, on Dec. 24 and 25, the Stoddard County Ambulance District will be conducting its annual "Home for the Holidays" project. Ambulance district employees will be taking patients that are unable to travel except by ambulance from the nursing homes of Stoddard County to residences within the county. This service is available to any patient who is not ambulatory and would like to spend some time with family during the Christmas holiday...
Juicer, winter garb would make woman's holidays bright (12/17/09)
Ms. P has degenerative disc disease, which makes it difficult to stand for any length of time. Social Security is her only income, so she will have a limited Christmas this year. Some items that would really brighten her Christmas would be a juice machine so she could fix healthy drinks, size medium sweat pants and shirts, a winter hat with an attached scarf, and size medium gloves...
New Life minister, Springfield clash over services for homeless (12/17/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield officials have threatened to close one homeless shelter because of neighbors' complaints and possible building code violations, even as they search for ways to help the city's growing homeless population. City attorney Dan Wichmer recently sent a letter to the Rev. ...
State funds ease SIU's cash crunch (12/17/09)
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Southern Illinois University says it now has enough funding to make it to at least next March. The chancellor of the university's flagship Carbondale campus, Sam Goldman, says the school got $17 million in state funding Wednesday, enabling it to make payroll through March 1...
Neosho city manager says mold clouded his decisions (12/17/09)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- Budget problems are brewing in the southwest Missouri town of Neosho, where angry residents showed up this week to a city council meeting wearing flu masks after the city manager suggested his decision-making had been clouded by mold spores that made him ill...
Missouri man admits he sent money to Iraq (12/17/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former fundraiser for a Missouri-based Islamic charity pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally transferring money to Iraq, in violation of federal sanctions. Ahmad Mustafa, 55, of Columbia, was one of six people charged in a January 2008 federal indictment, said Acting U.S. Attorney Matt J. Whitworth in a news release. No sentencing date has been set...
Funeral firm's collapse could cost Mo. $18M (12/17/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The financial collapse of a prearranged funeral firm could cost Missouri $18 million. The executive director of the Insurance Guaranty Association says that since October 2008, it has made good on 4,000 claims to cover funeral contracts underwritten by the now-defunct Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance Co...
Ala. city requires firefighters at candlelight services (12/17/09)
HOMEWOOD, Ala. -- Churches in an Alabama city better count on a few extra guests at Christmas Eve candlelight ceremonies. The Birmingham suburb of Homewood requires a permit and four off-duty firefighters to attend any service where candles are passed out to parishioners...
Fed holds rates low as weak economy restrains inflation (12/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- The economy is growing, but only weakly. Layoffs have slowed, yet jobs remain scarce. And interest rates will need to rise -- but not anytime soon. That was the mixed picture sketched Wednesday by the Federal Reserve, which pledged to hold rates at a record low to reduce unemployment and sustain the recovery. And the assessment was reinforced by government data on inflation, home building and U.S. trade...
Stocks stall as Fed prepares to remove aid (12/17/09)
NEW YORK -- An early advance in stocks stalled Wednesday as the Federal Reserve reminded investors it would start to wean the economy from an array of emergency supports next year. Investors knew several of the programs would be dismantled next year, but policymakers hadn't confirmed the precise timing...
Holiday spending higher than what analysts expected (12/17/09)
NEW YORK -- If you were hoping to find massive clearance sales as you finish up your holiday shopping, prepare to be disappointed. Major stores that had worried it would take across-the-board discounts to lure shoppers are backing away from the panic button. They planned better this year in stocking their merchandise, and Americans are spending a little more than expected...
White Americans' majority to end by mid-century (12/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- The estimated time when whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans has been pushed back eight years -- to 2050 -- because the recession and stricter immigration policies have slowed the flow of foreigners into the U.S...
House committee passes Native Hawaiian legislation (12/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- A House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would let Native Hawaiians establish their own government, but supporters acknowledge some behind-the-scenes negotiations are still in order before the bill progresses to the full House...
Hope for single-payer health care plan dies in Senate (12/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- The liberals' longtime dream of a government-run health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vowed it will return when the realization dawns that private insurance companies "are no longer needed."...
Bernanke honored, then denounced (12/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Time's Person of the Year one moment, object of Senate scorn the other. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke faces a vote today in the Senate Banking Committee on his nomination for another four-year term as head of the nation's central bank...
After shortages, H1N1 vaccine now plentiful in half the states (12/17/09)
ATLANTA -- After weeks of shortages, swine flu vaccine is plentiful enough that nearly half the states now say everyone can get it, not just people in high-risk groups. But the good news comes with a challenge for health officials: how to keep persuading people to get vaccinated when swine flu infections are waning...
Laredo could become largest U.S. city without a bookstore (12/17/09)
LAREDO, Texas -- The final chapter has been written for the lone bookstore on the streets of Laredo. With a population of nearly a quarter-million people, this city could soon be the largest in the nation without a single bookseller. The situation is so grim that schoolchildren have pleaded for a reprieve from next month's planned shutdown of the B. Dalton bookstore. After that, the nearest store will be 150 miles away in San Antonio...
Health expert: Santa needs a carrot, not more cookies (12/17/09)
LONDON -- Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus. And he's a public health menace. Public health expert Nathan Grills of Monash University in Australia says the beloved Christmas icon should ditch his sleigh and start biking or walking to lose his jelly belly...
Brazil toddler found with 50 sewing needles in his body (12/17/09)
SAO PAULO -- A 2-year-old boy has as many as 50 metal sewing needles inside his body, apparently stuck there one by one, a doctor treating him said Wednesday. Brazilian media said the boy's ex-stepfather was detained. Dr. Luiz Cesar Soltoski said surgeons hope to remove most of the needles -- some as long as 2 inches -- but those in the lungs will have to wait until the child's breathing improves...
U.N. climate negotiators look to U.S. for fresh ideas (12/17/09)
COPENHAGEN -- U.N. climate negotiators looked Wednesday to the United States to bring fresh ideas -- perhaps in the form of extra billions of dollars -- to try to salvage a bare-bones political agreement by the end of the week on controlling global warming...
Iran tests its most advanced missile (12/17/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran announced Wednesday it successfully test-fired an upgraded version of its longest-range missile, which is capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe and which it said is now faster and harder to shoot down. The test is Iran's latest show of military strength at a time when it is locked in a standoff with the West over its nuclear program. ...
Southeast Missourian cross country runner of the year: McClellan consistently finished at the front (12/17/09)
Notre Dame senior Wynn McClellan is the 2009 Southeast Missourian cross country runner of the year.
Notre Dame wrestlers beat New Madrid (12/17/09)
The Notre Dame wrestling team earned its second victory of the season by downing host New Madrid 54-24 at a double dual meet Wednesday. The Bulldogs followed their win with a loss to Sikeston. Trenton Gross, Austin Kight, David de Rouse and Ryan Harter all pinned their opponents to help pace Notre Dame (2-6) against the Eagles...
Central's inside-outside presence pays off (12/17/09)
Kevin Casasola sliced and diced on the perimeter while James Lane dominated the paint Wednesday. The lethal combination helped Central earn a 65-49 win over visiting Festus. The Tigers had their hands full at first. Festus and Central were knotted at 7-7 midway through the first quarter before the Tigers' defense came alive...
Boller illness delays Rams' QB decision (12/17/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have put off a decision on who's starting at quarterback this weekend, with Kyle Boller sent home due to illness and rookie Keith Null getting all the practice snaps. There's enough going on without pondering that choice for the game against the Houston Texans...
Despite all, Woods is athlete of decade (12/17/09)
The vote was for athlete of the decade, not husband of the year. His greatness on the golf course over the last 10 years was more than enough to convince members of The Associated Press that Tiger Woods deserved the award. His body of work was simply too large to be erased by the human failings that have been exposed during the last three weeks...
Phillies get Halladay, Mariners acquire Lee (12/17/09)
PHILADELPHIA -- All it took was four teams, $60 million and a swap of Cy Young Award winners to finish off Roy Halladay's long and winding trade saga. He landed right where he wanted to pitch, with the two-time NL champion Philadelphia Phillies...
Red Sox add Lackey and Cameron; may try for first baseman Gonzalez (12/17/09)
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox added an ace who won a World Series clincher, giving them three. They brought in a former Gold Glove outfielder. And they may not be done retooling after being swept in the AL division series. After finalizing John Lackey's $82.5 million, five-year contract and Mike Cameron's $15.5 million, two-year deal on Wednesday, Boston must wait to see if the Mike Lowell-to-Texas trade will go through...
Hawkins signs 2-year deal with Brewers (12/17/09)
MILWAUKEE -- Right after the season ended, LaTroy Hawkins decided he would attend the winter meetings. It turned out to be a worthwhile trip. Hawkins and the Milwaukee Brewers completed their $7.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday after agreeing to a deal last week at the meetings in Indianapolis, about 2 hours from where the reliever grew up in Gary, Ind...
Angels, Matsui finalize $6 million, 1-year deal (12/17/09)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels went from one aging designated hitter to another Wednesday, finalizing a $6 million, one-year contract with World Series MVP Hideki Matsui that all but signals the end of the Vladimir Guerrero era. Matsui hit .274 with 28 homers and 90 RBIs last season for the New York Yankees, then was selected World Series MVP despite starting only three of the six games against Philadelphia. ...
Huet, Blackhawks shut out Blues (12/17/09)
CHICAGO -- Cristobal Huet made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Patrick Kane assisted on all three Chicago goals in the Blackhawks' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Troy Brouwer, Brian Campbell and Marian Hossa scored for Chicago, and Jonathan Toews had two assists...
Who's next 12/17/09 (12/17/09)
Honors, achievements Scholarships The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2010-2011 school year: -- From staff reports ...
Hooked on Science: Crystal Christmas ornaments (12/17/09)
Using pipe cleaners and borax you can create Christmas ornaments that might get the entire family "Hooked on Science." STEP 2: Using the thread, tie each candy cane ornament to the ruler. Place the ruler on the top of the container, allowing the candy cane ornaments to float freely inside the container...
neXt up 12/17/09 (12/17/09)
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A little insanity: Scott City rockers What We Call Sanity balances band life, school life (12/17/09)
A mutual liking of the band Kiss brought Jayke Petitt, 14, and Trestin Strong, 13, together during grade school. For Izzy Roberts, 17, joining the Scott City band What We Call Sanity resulted from a chance encounter when the two founding members needed a bassist...
Embrace the light (12/17/09)
Dec. 17, 2009 Dear Julie, Animal behaviorists classify our dog Hank as a fear biter. He has nipped a few people, including our niece Darci, whose theatrical background probably has concocted a much more fantastical story about the scar on her derriere. After Darci screamed we sought professional help...
Louise Edmonds (12/17/09)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Louise A. Edmonds, 92, of Grassy died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at her daughter's home in Grassy. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. A family memorial service will be held at a later date...
Otto Ohmart (12/17/09)
Otto Ohmart, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Monday, April 30, 1923, in Olive Branch, Ill., to Otto and Susie Trott Ohmart. He and Edna Dix were married at Granite City, Ill., on April 2, 1950...
Mollie Davis (12/17/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mollie M. Davis, 82, of Perryville died Dec. 15, 2009, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born in Cape Girardeau on May 27, 1927, daughter of the late Frank and Jettie Drum Friese. She was married July 18, 1945, to Ernest E. Davis. who preceded her in death April 28, 1998...
Dorothy Haupt (12/17/09)
Dorothy Lee Haupt, 85, formerly of Jackson, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the home of her son in Hockley County, Texas. She was born Jan. 3, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of the late Ervin and Alma Schaefer Franck. She and Troy T. Haupt Sr. were married Jan. 29, 1943. He passed away July 26, 1968...
Lucille Whistler (12/17/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lucille M. Whistler, 97, of Perryville died Dec. 16, 2009, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born March 1, 1912, in Perryville, daughter of the late Emil and Lona Tucker Miget. She was married Nov. 24, 1932, to Chalmer Whistler, who preceded her in death May 19, 1973...
Fire report 12/17/09 (12/17/09)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Police report 12/17/09 (12/17/09)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Thefts Miscellaneous The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 12/17/09 (12/17/09)
A living Nativity scene, sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council, is presented in the evening at the Arena Building; the program will be presented again through Wednesday, with area churches and organizations participating...
Time for smarter approach to global warming (12/17/09)
COPENHAGEN -- The saddest fact of climate change--and the chief reason we should be concerned about finding a proper response--is that the countries it will hit hardest are already among the poorest and most long-suffering...
Health plan backed by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill would cost Missouri millions of dollars it can't afford (12/17/09)
Dear Sen. Claire McCaskill: Weeks ago, the Senate voted to proceed with the unprecedented government-controlled health care plan being proposed by President Obama and crafted by Harry Reid. While U.S. Sen. Kit Bond chose to vote against moving forward with this so-called "health care reform," you, senator, voted to move this bill forward...
Air show returns (12/17/09)
The nation's economic recession has had an impact on this area's economy, including the cancellation of this year's air show at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. Now there's some good news: The air show will be held next year, thanks in large part to a commitment from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team...
New sidewalks, old buildings (12/17/09)
I'm sure others took note of the local news story on Dec. 10 outlining the city's plan to replace the cracked and crumbling sidewalks along Broadway. How nice. Soon we'll have new, smooth sidewalks in front of the crumbling, dilapidated buildings and storefronts. That should impress us and our visitors...
Skeptics' claims unintelligible (12/17/09)
Despite media hype surrounding e-mails stolen from the University of East Anglia and the skeptics' claim scientists are altering data to support the scientific consensus on climate change, a closer look reveals this to be a totally false resurrection of a long-ago refuted claim. ...
Speak Out 12/17/09 (12/17/09)
I was shopping at the Dollar Tree store and was getting change to pay for some flowers. The woman who was checking me out handed me a bag with the flowers in them. The woman in front of me had paid for them. I want to thank that woman. I don't know who she was, she wouldn't tell me her name. I was a stranger, and you gave me flowers...
Prayer 12/17/09 (12/17/09)
Warm our hearts, O God, and bless our efforts to help one another. Amen.
Immaculate Conception School Toy Drive (12/17/09)
The spirit of giving has been alive and well at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson, Missouri! Students joined together to collect toys and money to support the Jackson Police Department Toy Drive. There were boxes and boxes of toys for children of all ages. ...
Central Sterile Staff Spread Holiday Cheer at Heartland Care Center (12/17/09)
To celebrate the holiday season, Southeast Missouri Hospital's Central Sterile staff donated around $300 worth of gifts and sang Christmas carols to residents at the Heartland Care and Rehab Center. This thoughtful gesture was the Central Sterile staff's annual Christmas project, in which the staff donates its time and money to those in need of a little cheer...
Guard promotes four Citizen-Soldiers from 735th to rank of sergeant (12/17/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard has promoted four Citizen-Soldiers from the 735th Quartermaster Force Provider Company from specialist to sergeant. At its most recent drill at the armory in Cape Girardeau, the 735th's Detachment 3 announced that Alan Caruso, Shannon Ferguson, Jonathan Holt and Michael Ballard had been promoted. Caruso and Ferguson are both from St. Louis, Holt is from Puxico and Ballard lives in Cape Girardeau...
Missouri National Guard student safety through situational awareness course (12/17/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard is offering a situational awareness course that focuses on common sense protective measures, including self defense. The objective of Student Safety through Situational Awareness is to provide high school and college-age students with information that will allow them to be proactive when it comes to their own safety and well-being...
First Bapist Chruch of Whitewater Childrens Christmas Play (12/17/09)
Very well done!!
Cape Central Middle School sixth grade Students of the Month (12/17/09)
Southeast Missouri Hospital recognizes the Cape Central Middle School Sixth Grade Students of the Month for December. Front row from left: Megan Sheeley, Gabby Vieira and Samartha Shrestha; second row, Andrea Green, Jayden Marra, Madilyn Freeman and Steven Hendricks; back row, Megan Smith, Leslie Mata, Darius Southerland and Bailey Wooten...
Cape Central Middle School fifth grade Students of the Month (12/17/09)
Southeast Missouri Hospital recognizes the Cape Central Middle School Fifth Grade Students of the Month for December. Front row from left: Sophia Gentle, Emma Eudy and Zoe Schumer; second row, Kway'chon Chisom, Mason Warren, Brent Kinder and Logan Hunt; back row, Katherine Carns, Adriano Grim, Jamonte Rush and Ella Valleroy...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (12/17/09)
Cali is a 6 month old kitten. She would love to spend Christmas in a new forever home! Cali is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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