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Home sales up in Cape Girardeau, Midwest (12/28/09)
Home sales in Cape Girardeau surged in November along with the rest of the nation, including a 58 percent jump in the Midwest over year-ago levels, as first-time buyers rushed to claim a temporary federal tax credit. The Midwest reported the biggest increase in sales during the month, with 106,000 completed sales in the 11-state region, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. The median home price was flat at $140,800...
Four dead in Pemiscot County accident (12/28/09)
A two-car accident on Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County early Sunday morning claimed the lives of four people and injured three others. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 5:40 a.m. when a 2000 Cadillac Escalade driven by Leon Cash, 57, of Rockford, Ill., left the northbound lane and crossed the median, striking a southbound 2002 GMC Yukon driven by Howard M. Gilliland, 60, of Memphis, Tenn...
Expansion gives Saxony Lutheran School room to grow (12/28/09)
As a senior at Saxony Lutheran High School, Nick LeGrand said he's glad to see a weight room back at his school. "Instead of after practice going back to Cape [Girardeau] to work out, you can just go right across the hallway," said LeGrand, who plays basketball and baseball at the private high school...
Noon Optimist Club donates $100,000 to Melaina's Magical Playground (12/28/09)
A local club has committed $100,000 to an all-accessible playground in the area. During a recent meeting the Cape Girardeau Noon Optimist Club approved the money to go toward Melaina's Magical Playground. The money was raised through the club's participation in Friday Night Optimist Bingo at Bingo World...
Scott County jail begins boarding ICE detainees (12/28/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- After years of preparation, Scott County opened a new revenue stream when it began boarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees in the county jail earlier this month. "Right now, we're holding 10 prisoners," Sheriff Rick Walter said. "This is something that I've wanted for a long time. We've worked toward it, done the paperwork, gone through the inspections, and now we're finally housing them."...
Nixon brought less-partisan tone to Missouri Capitol (12/28/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The shrill sound coming from Missouri's Capitol has been toned down. That new civility may be Gov. Jay Nixon's biggest accomplishment during an inaugural year that is perhaps best described as "OK." While Nixon's economic proposals passed the legislature, his health care policies fizzled. ...
Security reviews underway after U.S. plane attack (12/28/09)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. system for checking suspicious travelers and airport security came under new scrutiny Sunday after an alleged terrorist bent on destroying a jetliner was thwarted only by a malfunctioning detonator and some quick-thinking passengers...
High-tech vehicles pose trouble for some mechanics (12/28/09)
LOS ANGELES -- A sign inside the Humming Motors auto repair shop says, "We do the worrying so you don't have to." These days, owner David Baur spends a lot of time worrying in his full-service garage near downtown Los Angeles. As cars become vastly more complicated than models made just a few years ago, Baur is often turning down jobs and referring customers to auto dealer shops. ...
House backers of public insurance option may yield (12/28/09)
WASHINGTON -- Two House Democrats who favor a government insurance plan, a central element of health care legislation passed in their chamber, acknowledged Sunday it might have to be sacrificed as negotiators work out a final agreement with the Senate...
Shoppers spend a little more during the holidays (12/28/09)
NEW YORK -- Holiday shoppers spent a little more this season, according to data released today, giving merchants some reason for cheer. The spending bounce means retailers managed to avoid a repeat of last year's sales slump even amid tight credit and double-digit unemployment. Profits should be healthier, too, because stores had a year to plan their inventories to match consumer demand and never needed to resort to fire-sale clearances...
Cell phone mania forces scramble for more airwaves (12/28/09)
WASHINGTON -- Wireless devices such as Apple's iPhone are transforming the way we go online, making it possible to look up driving directions, find the nearest coffee shop and update Facebook on the go. All this has a price -- in airwaves...
Bomb suspect came from elite Nigerian family (12/28/09)
As a member of an uppercrust Nigerian family, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab received the best schooling, from the elite British International School in West Africa to the vaunted University College London. But the education he wanted was of a different sort: Nigerian officials say his interest in extremist Islam prompted his father to warn U.S. authorities...
At least 5 killed in Iran protests (12/28/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian security forces fired on stone-throwing protesters in the center of the capital Sunday in one of the bloodiest confrontations in months, opposition websites and witnesses said. At least five people were killed. Some accounts of the violence in Tehran were vivid and detailed, but they could not be independently confirmed because of government restrictions on media coverage. ...
Meyer withdraws resignation, expects to be leading Gators in '10 (12/28/09)
NEW ORLEANS -- It took an emotional team meeting, a sleepless night and about an hour of practice for coach Urban Meyer to change his mind about resigning at Florida. With his health and his family still major concerns, Meyer withdrew his resignation Sunday and decided instead to take an indefinite leave of absence. He will coach the fifth-ranked Gators in the Sugar Bowl against No. 4 Cincinnati on Friday, then take some time off in hopes of alleviating recurring chest pains...
After sluggish start, 3-pointers carry Missouri past Austin Peay (12/28/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's bombs-away approach to 3-point shooting once again paid off in a 94-79 win over Austin Peay on Sunday. But it was the team's stepped-up defensive pressure that was the talk of the Tigers and coach Mike Anderson. Missouri (9-3) started out sluggish in its return to the court after defeating rival Illinois four days earlier for the first time in a decade. ...
Late rally lifts Sabres over Blues, 5-3 (12/28/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Tim Connolly finished off the St. Louis Blues after Mike Grier's fortunate bounce got the Buffalo Sabres going in the third period. Grier's tip-in somehow squirted through for the tying goal early in the third, and Connolly scored the winner on a power play and iced it with a short-handed goal in Buffalo's 5-3 victory over the Blues on Sunday night...
Warner reaches milestone; Arizona beats Rams 31-10 (12/28/09)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Kurt Warner threw his 99th and 100th touchdown passes as a member of the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Fittingly, they came against the St. Louis Rams. In Arizona's 31-10 victory Sunday, the 38-year-old quarterback joined Fran Tarkenton as the only players in NFL history to throw 100 TD passes for two teams. He had 102 with St. Louis in his rise from nowhere to league MVP and two Super Bowls...
Brady, Patriots clinch AFC East in impressive fashion (12/28/09)
Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, three to Randy Moss, and the young defense put together its third straight solid game, clinching the AFC East with a 35-7 win over the Jaguars, whose slim postseason chances grew dimmer. For the Patriots (10-5), it was another encouraging outing in what had been an inconsistent season. ...
Jets end Colts' pursuit of perfection (12/28/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning and the rest of the Colts accepted Jim Caldwell's plan. The hometown fans didn't like the imperfect ending one bit. With Manning and a handful of other key players standing on the sideline hoping to save the Colts (14-1) from yet another second-half deficit Sunday, Caldwell never gave them a chance...
Southeast hoops teams prepare to prove worth against OVC foes (12/28/09)
Now that the majority of their tough nonconference schedules are behind them, Southeast Missouri State's basketball teams are ready to jump back into Ohio Valley Conference play almost exclusively for the rest of the season. Southeast's men and women get the new year started with OVC home games against Tennessee Tech on Saturday and Jacksonville State on Monday...
Rolla university awards Garms honorary doctorate (12/28/09)
ROLLA, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau resident Irvin H. Garms was awarded a Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa, during the commencement ceremonies of Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., Dec. 19. Approximately 600 degrees were awarded to graduating students and approximately 4,000 guests were in attendance...
Talking Shop: Eldon Nattier, innkeeper, Rose Bed Inn, took a long and winding road to get where he is today (12/28/09)
Eldon Nattier has worn many hats in his life, including real estate agent, gas station attendant, teacher and, for the last 10 years, innkeeper of the Rose Bed Inn. Nattier and chef James Coley purchased the early 20th-century-era home at 611 S. Sprigg St. in 1995 and renovated it as a bed and breakfast. Business reporter Brian Blackwell sat down at the inn with Nattier to learn more about his life and how the Southern Illinois native became innkeeper of the Rose Bed Inn...
Convenience stores change gasoline brand from BP (12/28/09)
If you've driven around town lately you may have noticed several convenience stores no longer carry the BP brand of gasoline. BP spokesman Daren Beaudo told me the company decided to stop providing their product from the Scott City terminal recently...
People on the move 12/28/09 (12/28/09)
Elite Travel president and CEO Carolyn Kempf and certified destination wedding and honeymoon consultant Shannon Thompson recently completed educational property tours and site knowledge of Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe in Riviera Maya, Mexico. People on the Move items must be received by 2 p.m. Thursday to appear Monday. Submit items by e-mail to bblackwell@semissourian.com, by fax to 334-7288 or by mail to P.O. Box 699, Cape Girardeau, MO 63702....
Maxine Bridges (12/28/09)
Maxine Bridges, 84, of Jackson died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at her home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tommy Weems officiating...
Leonard Jansen (12/28/09)
*** Leonard Jansen Leonard Jansen, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
John McEnelly (12/28/09)
ANNA, Ill. -- John Charles McEnelly, 60, of Anna died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Makanda, Ill., with graveside military honors by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 and the Illinois National Guard Military Honors Team...
Maxine McFarland (12/28/09)
*** Maxine McFarland THEBES, Ill. — Maxine McFarland, 78, of Thebes died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Elsie Pauley (12/28/09)
*** Elsie Pauley Elsie L. Pauley, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Lucille Christoff (12/28/09)
Lucille Rose Christoff, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the Lutheran Home Assisted Living Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 30, 1918, in Cape Girardeau to Alvin and Elma Vandever Haas. She married Virgil Christoff on Sept. 20, 1940. He preceded her in death June 1, 1998...
Clyde Winter (12/28/09)
Clyde Clifford Winter III, 72, of Jackson died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Jefferson Barracks Skilled Nursing Facility in St. Louis. He was born April 5, 1937, in Farmington, Mo., son of the late Clyde Clifford and Elizabeth (Dunn) Winter. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Simms on May 23, 1959. She survives him. In 2009 the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary...
Maurine Brunkhorst (12/28/09)
Maurine Brunkhorst, 86, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 21, 1923 in Ancell, Mo., to Charles Welter and Regina Essner Welter. She and John C. Brunkhorst were married March 9, 1943, in Boise, Idaho. He preceded her in death Jan. 25, 1990...
Dick Schwettman (12/28/09)
Richard Roland "Dick" Schwettman Sr., 80, of Scott City died Saturday Dec. 26, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 6, 1929, the son of Guy Edward and Mildred Segraves Schwettman. He and Mary Jo Steger were married Feb. 16, 1960, in Scott City...
Kenneth Sims (12/28/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kenneth H. Sims, 76, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Independence Care Center in Perryville. He was born Jan. 27, 1933, in Paragould, Ark., to Doss and Viola Long Sims. He married Lolita "Lo" Kochner on Dec. 7, 1985, in St. Louis...
Doris Besand (12/28/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Doris M. Besand, 85, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. She was born Dec. 9, 1924, at Brewer, Mo., to Joseph Dennis Weber and Marie Whistler Weber. She married Charles Melvin Besand on Nov. 8, 1947, in Highland, Mo. He preceded her in death...
Fire report 12/28/09 (12/28/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Police report 12/28/09 (12/28/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Burglary Thefts Miscellaneous Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items....
Out of the past 12/28/09 (12/28/09)
The last meeting of the Byrd Township Special Road District administrative board is held in the morning; at the meeting, the four board members close out the district's accounts and sign over its remaining assets to the county as the district is dissolved...
The spirit of giving (12/28/09)
The generosity of people in Southeast Missouri who give so much of themselves to others is truly amazing. Important fundraising efforts by many worthwhile groups and organizations means help and comfort for those in need. As most of us scurry through the hectic pre-Christmas weeks to buy gifts and make holiday preparations, there are those among us who have little cause for cheer, mostly through no fault of their own. ...
Balanced-budget amendment (12/28/09)
You have printed Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's article criticizing U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. The thrust of the column is that a "plan proposed by your colleague in the Senate could cost Missouri an additional $400 million more each year." It is positive that the lieutenant governor has concern for the state. ...
Speak Out 12/28/09 (12/28/09)
IN the Senate health care bill, some states are singled out for special deals. There is an arrangement that Nebraska perpetually does not have to pay for increased Medicare spending, and in Florida the per-person spending on Medicare will not decrease like it will in all other states. Is it constitutional to give individual states a better deal in national legislation and expect all of the other states to pay the difference?...
Prayer 12/28/09 (12/28/09)
Bless our efforts to labor for good, and encourage us to do better, O God. Amen.
PTA raises $10,000 for Alma Schrader Elementary (12/28/09)
Christmas came early to Alma Schrader Elementary School, 1360 Randol, Cape Girardeau, when boxes of dictionaries, thesauruses, storage shelving, ink cartridges and other supplies totaling $10,000 began arriving, thanks to the generosity of the school's PTA organization. ...
MAX SHOPPING (12/28/09)
KENDALL TAKING MAX FOR A STROLL AROUND PETCO LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS
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