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Wednesday power outage in Sikeston caused by substation work (01/21/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston was without power for 50 minutes Wednesday morning. According to Ed Throop, director of the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities, the outage occurred at 9 a.m. at the SWPA substation at the power plant as equipment was being installed. Currently BMU is working on electrical needs as part of the effort to replace a transformer which was ruined in 2009 during an explosion and fire at the Coleman Substation. Throop said this should be completed in the next several days...
Hopkins: Cape needs growth to remain vital (01/21/10)
Editor's note: This is the third of three stories about Cape Girardeau mayoral candidates. Matt Hopkins has watched Cape Girardeau grow. The 46-year-old former councilman and candidate for mayor remembers when William Street ended at Kingshighway. He remembers cattle grazing on the land where West Park Mall stands today...
'Happyness' author 'wanted to be world class at something' (01/21/10)
Christopher Gardner rose above divorce, indecision and homelessness to become a successful broker and a self-made millionaire. The changes in his life haven't stopped there. Gardner's book, "The Pursuit of Happyness," was made into a movie of the same name starring Will Smith in 2006...
Cape's Town Plaza Cinema to be bought by AMC (01/21/10)
Kansas City, Mo.-based AMC Entertainment has announced plans to acquire 93 theaters owned by Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, including Town Plaza Cinema in Cape Girardeau. According to a news release from AMC, the company said it plans to purchase all but three of Kerasotes' theaters. Kerasotes will continue to operate theaters in Chicago, Minneapolis and Secaucus, N.J...
Part of I-55 limited to one lane for two days (01/21/10)
A section of northbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to a single lane of traffic beginning today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. The work will take place from 7:30 a.m. today until 4 p.m. Friday on a section of road from Highway 77 near Benton, Mo., to U.S. 61 near Scott City, weather permitting. Motorists are asked to use caution in the area...
Helping Haiti: Area groups plan ways to help stricken country (01/21/10)
Notre Dame Regional High School had originally planned a fundraiser to raise funds for a construction of a Zambian home and a Haitian school. But when the students learned that a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rocked one of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nations Jan. 12, they instead changed the purpose...
Enrollment up for spring semester at Southeast (01/21/10)
Enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is up 4.6 percent, according to a news release issued by the university Wednesday. A preliminary report compiled after the first full day of classes of the spring 2010 semester showed a combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount of 9,820, up from 9,389 at this time last year...
Hospital trustee seat most popular among area candidate filings (01/21/10)
The most sought-after job in the April 6 elections in Southeast Missouri appears to be an open seat on the Perry County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. Five candidates filed for a seat on the board now held by William Wingerter Sr. Wingerter did not seek re-election. The five candidates are Jennifer L. Janet, Duane Blessing, Susan Phillips, Michael W. Ochs and Keith J. Moeckel, all of Perryville, Mo. The winner will serve a five year term...
Red Cross truck, semi collide on Ill. Highway 3, killing one (01/21/10)
ALEXANDER COUNTY, Ill. -- One person was killed Wednesday in a head-on collision involving an American Red Cross truck and a semi on Highway 3 just south of the Union-Alexander county line, according to The Southern Illinoisan. Illinois State Police and local authorities responded to the accident just after 3 p.m. ...
Sikeston man named to conservation commission (01/21/10)
Donald Bedell of Sikeston, Mo., was recently appointed to the Missouri Conservation Commission by Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and approved by the full Senate on Tuesday. Bedell, an entrepreneur and supporter of nature and the arts, will aid the commission in protecting and managing the fish, forest and wildlife resources of Missouri. Bedell serves on the commission with three other Missourians...
Repeal of Mo. loss limits raises $22M for schools (01/21/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- New figures from state gambling regulators show the end of loss limits at Missouri casinos has generated far less school funding than promised in a 2008 ballot initiative. The statewide vote to end Missouri's unique $500 loss limit has bolstered the state's largest casinos and helped them weather a weak year for gambling across the country...
MU associate professor survives Spanish mountain (01/21/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- If he'd just had the right equipment, it might not have happened. Or had the weather been more cooperative, it would have been a normal climb. But the fates didn't align for Sean Ireton -- a University of Missouri associate professor of German -- and this month he took a nasty spill on Spain's highest mountain that shattered his kneecap and forced him to descend some 9,000 feet on makeshift crutches...
Gov. Nixon: Jobs top priority in poor economy (01/21/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon declared job creation his top priority Wednesday while suggesting that Missouri's public schools and colleges should share the burden for Missouri's burgeoning budget woes. In a State of the State address that acknowledged continued job losses and declining tax revenue, Nixon said Missouri must provide greater incentives for biotechnology firms, job training and existing businesses that expand locally...
Eighth-grade girl turns to Facebook to help sick friend (01/21/10)
CAMDENTON, Mo. -- The rumor mill runs fast and deep in middle school. It only takes a few seconds to send a text or post something on a Facebook page and hundreds know false gossip. The juicier the story, the faster it spreads. Like wildfire in a dry forest...
Appomattox shooting suspect surrenders following manhunt (01/21/10)
APPOMATTOX, Va. -- Bomb technicians discovered a "multitude" of explosives Wednesday at the home of a man suspected in the shooting deaths of eight people, and crews were detonating the devices as more details about the gunman came to light. Christopher Bryan Speight, a 39-year-old security guard, surrendered to police at daybreak Wednesday after leading authorities on an 18-hour manhunt following the shootings at a house in rural central Virginia where deputies found a mortally wounded man and seven bodies.. ...
December wholesale prices edge up 0.2 percent (01/21/10)
WASHINGTON -- Inflation pressures at the wholesale level eased in December as a drop in energy prices offset a big jump in food costs. The Labor Department said Wednesday that wholesale prices edged up 0.2 percent last month, much slower than the 1.8 percent surge in November. Energy prices, which had been up for two months, fell in December...
Asian carp problem offers opportunity for entrepreneurs (01/21/10)
ST. LOUIS -- The Asian carp many fear could destroy the Great Lakes' $7 billion-a-year fishing industry make up half of Mike Schafer's business, which in just over a year has turned 12 million pounds of the invasive fish into everything from fillets to fertilizer...
Obama, Dems consider pared-back health care bill (01/21/10)
WASHINGTON -- Chastened by the Democratic Senate loss in Massachusetts, President Barack Obama and congressional allies signaled Wednesday they may try to scale back his sweeping health care overhaul in an effort to at least keep parts of it alive...
More evacuations ordered as new storm hits California (01/21/10)
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. -- A third powerful Pacific storm pounded California with heavy rain and snow Wednesday, forcing evacuations of hundreds of homes below wildfire-scarred mountains, shutting a major interstate and unleashing lightning strikes on two airliners...
Arab Christians try reviving town of Jesus' wine miracle (01/21/10)
KUFR KANA, Israel -- In this small Galilee town where tradition says Jesus turned water to wine, an ambitious priest hopes to perform his own miracle -- revive a shrinking flock. The Rev. Masoud Abu Hatoum, nicknamed "the bulldozer" for his enthusiasm, has come up with a few ideas, like re-enacting the New Testament story of Jesus transforming the water for guests at a wedding in the Galilee hamlet of Cana, now this northern Israeli town of Kufr Kana...
Alert closes part of Munich airport (01/21/10)
BERLIN -- Part of Munich airport's Terminal 2 was closed Wednesday afternoon as officials searched in vain for a man who left a security checkpoint with a bag containing a laptop after it had triggered an alert for possible explosives. The incident appeared to have been a false alarm triggered by a man in a hurry to catch his plane and unaware of what had happened...
Magnitude-5.9 aftershock drives more people from Haitian capital (01/21/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A new aftershock Wednesday forced more earthquake survivors onto the capital's streets to live and sent others fleeing to the countryside, where aid was only beginning to reach wrecked towns. A flotilla of rescue vessels, meanwhile, led by the U.S. ...
Hot chili sauce lands German teens in hospital (01/21/10)
BERLIN -- Officials in Germany say eight teenagers were hospitalized after a test of courage in which they drank chili sauce more than 200 times hotter than normal. The Red Cross in the southern city of Augsburg says that 10 boys, aged 13 and 14, year drank the sauce Wednesday morning, apparently in school...
Himalayan glaciers might not melt by 2035 (01/21/10)
GENEVA -- A U.N. warning that Himalayan glaciers may melt by 2035 appears not to be backed up by scientific evidence, an American scientist says -- an admission that could energize climate change critics. In a 2007 report, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said the Himalayan glaciers are likely to disappear within three decades if the present melting rate continues. But a key member of the panel now says the source for that claim is unclear...
Oran races into semis at Scott-Miss tourney (01/21/10)
SCOTT CITY -- Oran just kept pulling away and pulling away. The Eagles held Kelly scoreless for nearly nine minutes in the second half and went on a 26-0 run to cruise to a 59-28 victory in an opening-round game at the Scott-Mississippi Conference boys basketball tournament...
High school roundup: ND girls fall to St. Joseph Academy (01/21/10)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast women need offensive weapons to emerge (01/21/10)
The injury-riddled Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has a chance to even its Ohio Valley Conference record today. If that happens, given the circumstances, coach John Ishee would jump for joy. "If we could get to 4-4 in the conference, after all our injuries, I'd be so happy, I don't know what I'd do," Ishee said...
Southeast men welcome OVC's clunker (01/21/10)
The Tennessee-Martin men's basketball team has not beaten a Division I squad this season. Southeast Missouri State will try to make sure it doesn't happen tonight when the Redhawks look to break a three-game losing streak. Southeast (5-12, 2-5 Ohio Valley Conference) and UTM (2-14, 0-7) square off in a 7:45 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center...
Southeast roundup: Track athletes garner conference awards (01/21/10)
News from around the world of Southeast Missouri State athletics.
Receiver Colston has proven to be a keeper for New Orleans Saints (01/21/10)
METAIRIE, La. -- Marques Colston goes about his business as quietly as when he was a little-known seventh-round pick in the 2006 draft. He rarely celebrates after a touchdown, covets his privacy off the field and generally avoids appearing in commercials or doing anything else that might help him capitalize on his growing fame...
Manning, Colts ready for another shot at Jets (01/21/10)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning is on a simple mission this week: Strike fast, stay on the field and take the Colts back to Miami. The four-time MVP and his Colts teammates can't wait for the journey to begin. Nearly a month after then-undefeated Indianapolis set off a national firestorm by yanking its starters early against the New York Jets, Manning & Co. ...
Pineiro agrees to deal with Angels (01/21/10)
NEW YORK -- Joel Pineiro agreed Wednesday to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Pineiro's deal is subject to a physical, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final...
OT goal gives Blues 4-3 win over Canadiens (01/21/10)
MONTREAL -- After blowing a two-goal lead in the third period, St. Louis got a huge save from Ty Conklin in overtime that led to the Blues' winning goal. Andy McDonald scored 3:19 into overtime to give St. Louis a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night...
Djokovic, Davydenko into third round; Ivanovic out (01/21/10)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Back on the court where he won his only Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic overcame an early struggle against a journeyman Swiss player before advancing to the third round of the Australian Open. The No. 3-ranked Djokovic had nine double-faults and 52 unforced errors in his 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win today over Marco Chiudinelli, the Swiss player who was playing in his first Australian Open...
Cape Girardeau's club T-Zone gives teens a safe place to hang out, play games (01/21/10)
For young adults in the area looking for something new, club T-Zone in Cape Girardeau has opened as a teens-only nightclub. "Club T-Zone is a teenage hangout with a dance club, five pool tables and an arcade," owner Maria Agbayani said. The club often features live music and a high-quality sound and lighting system during the Saturday dances...
Air can form an invisible shield (01/21/10)
Although air is invisible, air still has weight and therefore takes up space. Using a few items from around the house you can prove air takes up space. STEP 1: Push a sheet of newspaper into the bottom of the drinking glass. Make sure the newspaper is pushed completely inside the drinking glass...
neXt up 1/21/10 (01/21/10)
This weekend's events
Haiti's mountains (01/21/10)
Jan. 21, 2010 Dear Julie, Beyond mountains there are mountains, says a Haitian proverb that has many meanings in a country where extreme poverty has become a way of life. It can mean opportunities are limitless. In mountainous Haiti it also can mean that overcoming one obstacle just gives you a better view of the next one to be taken on. In Haiti, to believe both is possible...
Marketing health: An interview with Sharon Urhahn (01/21/10)
Sharon Urhahn, director of marketing for Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, talks about the growth and changes that have been taking place at the hospital.
Marie Hazelwood (01/21/10)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Marie Hazelwood, 98, formerly of Tamms, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
Mintry Newbern (01/21/10)
Mintry V. Newbern of Cape Girardeau, at the age of 78, was granted her angel wings Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whose lives she touched in some special way throughout her life...
Wanda Oakley (01/21/10)
WYATT, Mo. -- Wanda Colleen Oakley, 82, of Wyatt died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Charleston Manor. She was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Holland, Mo., to C.F. and Lula Cerrigan Tompkins. She and Marion Oakley were married May 10, 1944. They moved to Wyatt in 1956 to assume the operation of his family's business, Oakley's Market. In addition to being co-owner and operator of Oakley's Market, she served as Wyatt's city clerk...
Chester Harp (01/21/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Chester Glen Harp, 70, of Marble Hill passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 21,1939, son of Lester and Thelma Harp. Harp worked for Mack Truck in Hayward, Calif., and owned Glen's Auto Sales 20 years before retiring...
Father Byron Edwards (01/21/10)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Father Byron Huntley Edwards, 84, of Morris Chapel, Tenn., died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, in Savannah, Tenn. He was born July 10, 1925, in Portageville, son of Stanley F. and Kitty Lee Adams Edwards. Father Byron was a 1943 graduate of Portageville High School. He served in the Navy during World War II. He then attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He returned to Portageville and owned and operated Edwards Pharmacy until 1984...
Births 1/20/10 (01/21/10)
Son to Matthew Robert and Dena Ann Ernst of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:54 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Name, Jonathan Paul. Weight, 9 pounds, 12 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Ernst is the former Dena Schumer, daughter of Jim and Belinda Schumer of Perryville, Mo. She is employed at the License Bureau of Chaffee, Mo. Ernst is the son of Bob Ernst of Perryville and Rhonda Turner of St. Peters, Mo. He is employed at Unilever...
Franklin Elementary School (01/21/10)
Franklin Elementary School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Casia Carter, Rose Hall, Alaya Jones, Julian Rowles, Justin Tuschhoff, Makaya Jones, Prei Woodson, David Weber, Haley Wells. B Honor Roll 4th grade: Jayda Bouwkamp, Derik Chandler, Elijah Huey, Xyz McClure, Jacob Pair, Tyniesha Brown, Brittany Coonts, Analise Griffith, Trent LeDure, Naythan Rigdon, Aaron Harris, Kylie Lane, Grace Cook, Brenda Gremard, Austin Parker, Tyanna Phillips, Jaycie Richards, Mario Young...
Cape Central Junior High School (01/21/10)
Cape Central Junior High School A Honor Roll 7th grade: Maggie Bohnert, Courtney Buck, Lydia Cameron, Mackenzie Cannon, Jacqueline Crawford, Raleigh Davis, Miles Dean, Amanda Evans, Bailey Gentil, Alexander Gentle, Betsy Gonzalez, Elizabeth Green, Shyann Headrick, Emily Holman, Melissa Hopkins, Gabrielle Hulcy, Moriah Johnston, Maya Kelch, Heaven Ketcherside, Luke Kinder, Sarah Kitchen, Alyssa Klos, Caroline Kurtz, Lexie McClanahan, Madeleine McDonald, Paige Messerli, Makayla Miller, Madison Moore, Morgan Murphy, Madeline Poole, Christian Retter, Erica Scott, Winnie Smee, Noah Smentkowski, Alexis Summers, Abigail Sundstrom, Brittany Thiele, Bridget Trepasso, Tessa Valleroy, Amanda Webb, Haley White, Anissa Wiant, Austin Wiant, Peyton Young.. ...
Advance Junior & Senior High School (01/21/10)
Advance Junior & Senior High School First Semester 12th grade: Hannah Barr, Andy Below, Jacob Bonee, Audrey Burns, Derrick Carpenter, Dylan Carpenter, Aftan Cato, Austin Hawkins, William Jones, Sara Mace, Chelsey Markham, Torrie McGee, Miranda Middleton, Jessica Nenninger, Taylor Roper, Nathan Shrum, Brandi Simmers, Michael Simmers, Luke Steil...
North Elementary School (01/21/10)
North Elementary School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Jordan Bass, Angel Bollinger, Colton Borders, Ean Buffington, Chelsey Cahill, Amber Chapman, Landon Felter, Courtney Haertling, Brittney Hawk, Clayton Heisserer, Kennedy Koch, Jera Kranawetter, Harrison McQuade, Dalton Newell, Seth Pemberton, Makenzie Seabaugh, Mackenzie Stowers, Erin Thurman, Jalen Williams, Haley Woods...
St. Joseph Parish School (01/21/10)
St. Joseph Parish School A Honor Roll 5th grade: Winston Welter. 6th grade: Marisa Hall, Olivia Jordan, Abbie McAlister. 7th grade: Joeseph Beggs, Morgan Campbell, Lyndsie Robert. 8th grade: Macy Hall, Shelby Rhymer. B Honor Roll 4th grade: Anthony Madalon, Brandon Rhymer, Skylar Rhymer...
Police report 1/21/10 (01/21/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assault Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. ...
Fire report 1/21/10 (01/21/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: ...
Out of the past 1/21/10 (01/21/10)
The weather the last three days has been frightful; most residents find little comfort as winter's worst storm, the Alberta Clipper, howled through the area Saturday and Sunday; the storm sent temperatures plunging to negative numbers, left motorists frustrated by minor accidents and dead batteries, closed schools and made the weekend less than super, despite Super Bowl festivities...
Correction 1/21/10 (01/21/10)
A report on school board filings in Wednesday's Southeast Missourian incorrectly reported who is running in the Zalma School District of Bollinger County. Three candidates filed for two open seats, which will require voters to make a selection in the April 6 elections. Incumbents Jim Beal and Mike Hovis will face challenger Aaron Lemons...
Cutting taxes (01/21/10)
Cutting taxes to fuel the economy is a proven economic policy. Done right, tax cuts can spur business investment and create jobs, which in turn can generate more revenue than before the tax cuts. But when the economy is struggling and governments face huge shortfalls in revenue, cutting taxes becomes a more complex issue...
Speak Out 1/21/10 (01/21/10)
I would like to express disapproval of the proposed demolition of Franklin Elementary School. The federal-style building was built in 1926. Its classic design is in keeping with the architecture of nearby homes. It is doubtful that a new school would have the intrinsic worth and architectural appeal that is displayed in the one we already have. ...
Prayer 1/21/10 (01/21/10)
Guide the leaders of all nations to make just and responsible choices, O God. Amen.
St. Mary Cathedral School geography bee winner (01/21/10)
Ben Dohogne, son of Stuart and Kim, an eighth grader at St. Mary Cathedral School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri won the school level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 12, 2010 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 22nd annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by Google...
Definitive book about Timothy Krajcir and his victims (01/21/10)
Steven Walker has penned the definitive book about the life and crimes of serial killer, Timothy Krajcir, who killed no less than nine women and sexually assaulted and robbed many others. His book, Predator, was recently published by the Pinnacle true-crime division of Kensington Publishing in New York. ...
PRESS RELEASE - Senate Candidate says Supreme Court decision on corporate contributions appalling (01/21/10)
Potts for Senate 2010 www.ElectMidge.com Contact: Midge Potts MidgePotts@electmidge.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21st, 2010 US Senate Candidate Says Supreme Court Decision is Appalling Constitutional Amendment Needed to Repeal Corporate Personhood...
Oil Portraits, Quilts featured First Friday (01/21/10)
Cape Girardeau, MO -- Historic oil portraits and handmade quilts will be the focus of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's February First Friday gallery opening Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 32 N. Main in Cape Girardeau, Mo. A collection of works titled "Tribute -- Illustrating the Past" by Anne Burgess Rowe of St. ...
Jackson Resident Larry Bill Continues Independent Campaign for Congress (01/21/10)
Jackson, MO (January 20, 2010)- A local citizen worried about the future of our nation stops talking and starts walking. Last fall, Jackson resident and Air Force veteran Larry Bill, known to most as "Mr. Bill", began a conservative, independent grassroots run for U.S. Congress to represent the 8th District. Larry took the more difficult route to get on the ballot, independent, so he could avoid the ties that come with party affiliation and obligation...
Meditation (01/21/10)
Robert Delaney Conversation Area Charleston Mo This tree has been observing the goings on around this small body of water in Mississippi County Missouri for a long time
Barn fire on County Road 227 (01/21/10)
Gordonville firefighter working barn fire.
Barn fire on County Road 227 (01/21/10)
Structure fully engulfed.
March for Life Participants Leaving for Washington D.C. (01/21/10)
Approximately 150 individuals from Southeast Missouri boarded three chartered buses Wednesday afternoon to begin a 20 hour journey from Cape Girardeau to Washington, D.C. There they will join with tens of thousands of others to show their support of the value of all human life, from conception to natural death. The March for Life has been held every year since 1974, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on abortion, Roe vs. Wade...
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