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No injuries in rollover accident on Old Sprigg Street Road (01/27/10)
Two adults are unharmed after their vehicle overturned on Old Sprigg Street Road Wednesday when the driver swerved to avoid striking a vehicle that had entered their lane. The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. The driver of the vehicle that rolled over, Curtis Lailer, 22, said he was traveling north on Old Sprigg Street Road about a half-mile from Bertling Street when he swerved to avoid hitting an "older model blue Dodge Stratus" which had entered his lane of traffic...
Three to face off in primary for Cape Girardeau's Ward 2 (01/27/10)
The next four years will determine if Cape Girardeau's DREAM becomes a reality. The surveys, focus groups and planning that made up the three-year Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri, or DREAM, Initiative process is over. The plans, which include beautifying Broadway and creating a Community Improvement District to raise money, have been adopted as policy by the city...
Mo. Supreme Court overturns death penalty for 1992 Cape Girardeau murder (01/27/10)
A Cape Girardeau man facing a death sentence will not be executed because he is mentally retarded, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Subsidies prop up area cotton farmers (01/27/10)
Kenneth Keller is eagerly anticipating what 2010 may bring for his cotton crop. The Dexter, Mo., farmer expects the cotton he'll plant this year will produce about 25 percent more than last year's 1,500 acres. And with a bigger yield, Keller believes he'll come away with a larger profit...
Cape Girardeau man sentenced in White Castle stalking case (01/27/10)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of stalking a female White Castle employee was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail with a suspended execution of sentence before Associate Circuit Judge Scott Thomsen.
Charges filed in alleged assault against university student (01/27/10)
Charges have been filed in a December assault of a Southeast Missouri State University student. Brett Andrew Jones, 18, of St. Clair, Mo., was charged Monday with first-degree burglary and third-degree assault in connection with the Dec. 13 incident.
Thebes officials address questions about floating bar, restaurant (01/27/10)
THEBES, Ill. -- Village officials addressed questions about the possibility for alcohol abuse, biker gangs and strip clubs coming into the town along with a floating bar and restaurant.
New Cape Girardeau County voter ID cards being mailed (01/27/10)
The Cape Girardeau County clerk's office will be sending out new voter ID cards to registered voters within the next few days in conjunction with canvassing the voter rolls.
Hearing held for man accused of smuggling tobacco into Cape Girardeau County Jail (01/27/10)
Associate Circuit Judge Scott E. Thomsen found probable cause Tuesday in the case of a Jackson man accused of smuggling. Brian Ebner, 40, allegedly smuggled chewing tobacco into the Cape Girardeau County Jail.
Storm could drop 4 inches of snow on Cape (01/27/10)
The National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky., has issued a winter storm watch effective until 6 p.m. Friday for Southeast Missouri. The weather service forecasters are expecting snow to develop across Southeast Missouri by Thursday evening. The snow will likely persist into Friday morning. ...
Area middle school students organize sale to benefit Haiti relief efforts (01/27/10)
After seeing the destruction in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake, 11-year-old Briana Copetieters told her mother she was going to organize a fundraiser to gather at least $1,000. She decided a rummage sale at the mall could be put together quickly. Briana made some calls, and West Park Mall said, "Yes."
Texting while driving ban gets support in Mo. (01/27/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A bill banning all Missouri drivers from text-messaging draws broad support in a Senate committee. Lobbyists representing police, highway workers, doctors, a cell phone company, bicyclists and senior citizens all testified in support of the legislation Wednesday in the Senate Transportation Committee...
Effort helping educators learn suicide warnings (01/27/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A University of Missouri program is enlisting high school teachers and administrators in an effort to prevent suicides of young people. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the program developed by psychologist and retired university professor Jim Koller teaches educators about the risk factors and warning signs. It also asks them to report potential problems to parents and authorities in much the same way they have reported signs of child abuse...
Probation lifted at Missouri medical school (01/27/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The University of Missouri medical school has regained full accreditation after a nine-month probation for problems in its resident education program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education put the school on a two-year probation in April 2009 but lifted the sanction earlier this month...
Mo. lawmakers want drug users ineligible for welfare (01/27/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican senators outlined proposals Tuesday to direct the Missouri Department of Social Services to set up a drug-testing program for work-eligible welfare recipients. A Senate committee heard testimony on a variety of drug-testing bills, all of which apply only if there is "reasonable cause" to believe welfare recipients are using illegal drugs...
Investigator details Illinois sheriff's alleged murder plot (01/27/10)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A sheriff jailed and awaiting trial on federal charges he sold marijuana while on duty offered two cellmates as much as $17,000 to kill potential witnesses against him -- even supplying a detailed map to the targets' homes, an investigator testified Tuesday...
Fed considers stimulus exit strategy (01/27/10)
WASHINGTON -- With his prospects for another term brightening, Ben Bernanke will lead the Federal Reserve this year in pulling back the stimulus money it pumped out to fight the financial crisis that erupted in his first term. The challenge will be how and when to do so...
U.S. bars bus, truck drivers from texting (01/27/10)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Transportation Department said Tuesday it is prohibiting truck and bus drivers from sending text messages while operating commercial vehicles. The prohibition, which applies to drivers of interstate buses and trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds, is effective immediately, the department said in a statement. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750, the department said...
Poised for recovery, economy is lurching forward in fits and starts (01/27/10)
Americans are feeling better about the economy, home prices are on the rise and companies are forecasting a brighter 2010. While no one doubts the economy has a long way to go to come back from the recession, the reports Tuesday were signs of progress for a recovery that has proceeded in fits and starts...
$75K bail set for Va. man facing New Jersey weapon charges (01/27/10)
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- A New Jersey judge set bail Tuesday at $75,000 for a Virginia man facing charges after authorities seized rifles, a grenade launcher, a night vision scope and a map of a U.S. military facility from his motel room. Lloyd Woodson, 43, of Reston, Va., appeared before Superior Court Judge John Pursel in Somerville on Tuesday afternoon. Woodson was not asked to enter a plea...
S.C. politician's comments on welfare topic called 'immoral' (01/27/10)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When things looked their darkest for Gov. Mark Sanford -- when he was in danger of being impeached for running off to Argentina to see his mistress -- his best insurance policy may well have been South Carolina's lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer...
Taiwan arms sale latest test for US-China ties (01/27/10)
BEIJING -- China warned the U.S. on Tuesday that an upcoming arms sales to Taiwan would further damage their relations -- the latest in a flurry of disputes elevating tensions between Washington and Beijing. President Barack Obama's administration has been consulting with Congress ahead of a formal announcement of the sale, which is likely to include Black Hawk helicopters and Patriot missiles, senior U.S. congressional aides said...
Hong Kong lawmakers resign to add pressure for democracy (01/27/10)
HONG KONG -- Five Hong Kong opposition legislators resigned Tuesday to pressure Beijing for direct elections, in what some consider a desperate bid to revive the campaign for democracy in this semiautonomous former British colony. Flashing victory signs, the lawmakers from the League of Social Democrats and Civic Party held up their resignation letters for photographers before handing them over to the secretary of Hong Kong's Legislative Council...
Lawmaker's report wants limits on Muslim face veil (01/27/10)
PARIS -- A parliamentary panel that wants Muslim women to stop veiling their faces recommended Tuesday that France ban such garb in public facilities, including hospitals and mass transit, and refuse residence cards and citizenship to anyone with visible signs of a "radical religious practice."...
Haiti's orphaned, abandoned children on their own on streets (01/27/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The children with no names lay mute in a corner of the General Hospital grounds Tuesday, three among thousands of boys and girls set adrift in the wake of Haiti's earthquake. "Hi, Joe, how are you?" the American doctor tried, using a pet name the staff had given a boy of about 11...
Notre Dame boys basketball triumphs at Scott County Central (01/27/10)
The Bulldogs rode early momentum to a 71-62 victory in front of a packed Scott County Central High School gym.
ND's Tolbert turns up dial in battle of talented juniors (01/27/10)
"I kind of lit a fire under him," Notre Dame coach Kevin Roberts said. "I challenged him. I said not very many people think you can play with Otto and with Bobby, and you're going to need to show it."
High school roundup: Meadow Heights defeats Zalma 88-84 (01/27/10)
All of the area high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Jays cap big day with a victory (01/27/10)
OAK RIDGE, Mo. -- The Oak Ridge High School boys basketball team was happy enough simply to have beaten visiting Oran on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays received even more good news minutes after their hard-fought 52-46 win when they were informed they had cracked the state rankings for what is believed to be the first time in school history...
Sikeston rolls past Jackson (01/27/10)
The Jackson Indians handled Sikeston's pressure perfectly in the opening minutes of the game. Then the Bulldogs' pressure took over. Sikeston's defense led to an 86-46 win over Jackson on Tuesday night at Jackson High School. "It's not too bad at first," Jackson junior Bobby Clark said of Sikeston's pressure. "Then they keep coming. They keep wearing on you and they are always in your face, and it gets tough."...
Dessert wines add a sweet touch for Valentine's (01/27/10)
OAKVILLE, Calif. -- What's the grown-up version of candy hearts? Perhaps a sweet little bottle of dessert wine. Sweet wines don't get the same sort of press as the big guns -- chardonnay and cab -- but they have a place at the table, especially at this time of year when romance is in the air and possibly on the menu...
Quick and easy meals from snack to finish (01/27/10)
For Christmas I was fortunate enough to get several new cookbooks as gifts from friends and family. This first book I will share with you is the Gooseberry Patch book "Quick & Easy Family Favorites," which I received from Joan Weeks, a friend and volunteer at the senior center. ...
NBC hopes to recover for Olympics (01/27/10)
NEW YORK -- NBC's Conan O'Brien-Jay Leno fiasco has been a monumental disaster for the network, both for its public image and bottom line, as it prepares to pay an embittered O'Brien and his staff an estimated $45 million to abandon "The Tonight Show."...
Adah Wills (01/27/10)
Adah Ruth Wills, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Herbert Alter (01/27/10)
Herbert Stanley Alter, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Maple Crest Manor. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Salvaggio (01/27/10)
Barbara J. Salvaggio, 77, of Jackson died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at her home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Friday at New McKendree United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis...
Lisa Stricker (01/27/10)
Lisa Lou Crites Stricker, 54, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at home, with her two children at her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved mother of Jill Carney Stricker (Bryan) of Noblesville, Ind., Derek of Los Angeles, Calif.; precious daughter of the late George "Tom" Crites and Mary of Jackson; beloved sister of Linda (David) Bollinger of Jackson, Jeannie (Chris) Starr of Charleston, Mo., Jeff (Nancy) of Ocoee, Fla., and Lori (Mark) Wasikowski of Tucson, Ariz.; dear friend of Greg Stricker, Chuck Jost and his granddaughters.. ...
Ercie Benfield (01/27/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Ercie Evelyn Benfield, 96, of Chaffee died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Lukefahr (01/27/10)
Martha Louise Lukefahr, 81, formerly of Millersville, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Don Blaylock officiating. Burial will be in Whitewater Cemetery...
Ramona Harris (01/27/10)
Ramona Highfill Harris, 55, of Jackson died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, in Jackson. She was born Dec. 3, 1954, in Malden, Mo., to Emerson Lee and JoAnn Grantham Highfill. Harris attended Cape County Cowboy Church and was a member of First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Juanita Edwards (01/27/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Juanita Matthews Edwards, 75, of Sikeston died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Clarksville, Ark., to the late Flora Lee and Herbert Spencer Matthews. Edwards was a member of First Christian Church. She retired from Missouri Delta Medical Center...
John Stueve (01/27/10)
John David Stueve, 55, of Jackson died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 11, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond and Mary Walker Stueve. John was a 1971 graduate of Jackson High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Jan. 9, 1973, and was honorably discharged Dec. 18, 1975...
Della Johnson (01/27/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Della Faye Johnson, 92, of Marble Hill, formerly of Vanduser, Mo., died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at Woodland Hills in Marble Hill. She was born March 12, 1917, in Oran, Mo., to Early and Eliza Roberts Slinkard. She and Ernest Otto Johnson were married May 16, 1936, in Jackson. He preceded her in death June 17, 2006...
Glenda Stout (01/27/10)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- Glenda J. Stout, 89, of Hillsboro, formerly of Perry County, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. She was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Perry County, daughter of Charles and Pearl Johnson Head. She married Clifford M. Heaps, who preceded her in death in 1997. She then married Vernis L. Stout, who preceded her in death Nov. 21, 2005...
Elmer Donze (01/27/10)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Elmer L. Donze, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at his home. He was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Ste. Genevieve, son of Lawrence W. and Elizabeth M. Huck Donze. He and Betty Jane Schwent were married June 19, 1950...
Births 1/27/10 (01/27/10)
Son to Jason Dewayne and Elizabeth Dawn Lowery of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:27 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. Name, Colby Lane. Weight, 10 pounds, 15 1/2 ounces. Mrs. Lowery is the former Elizabeth Kimes, daughter of Louise Kimes and Milton Branham of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at Town House Inn. Lowery is the son of Jane Bice of Caraway, Ark., and Tim Green of Dexter, Mo. He is employed at Campbell Mattress...
Scott City High School (01/27/10)
Scott City High School High Honor Roll 9th grade: Collin Bentley, Ryan Brock, Brooke McCulley, Lawrence Pender, Alexis Spriggs. 10th grade: Adam Bowers, Brittany Kiefer 11th grade: Courtney Bentley, Amber Blattel, Noah Crump, Miranda Foshee, Stacey Heisserer, Melanie Lacey, Myriah Miller, Corey Rogers, Garett Schaefer...
Police report 1/27/10 (01/27/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Property damage The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety released the following items...
Fire report 1/27/10 (01/27/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 1/27/10 (01/27/10)
The Rev. Phillip B. Giessler of Rocky River, Ohio, is guest preacher at Trinity Lutheran Church; he preaches on the theme "Too Coincidental to Be Accidental." Another winter storm dumps five inches of snow on the Cape Girardeau area; including today's snowstorm, more than 26 inches of snow have fallen in the area since December...
Corrections 1/27/10 (01/27/10)
* Tuesday's Health page story should have said Kaiden Wipfler was born with symptomatic cytomegalovirus...
Why pro-life? (01/27/10)
Today [Jan. 22] we reflect and protest the Supreme Court's (supreme they are not) decision of Jan. 22, 1973, in which the court allowed American women to terminate a conceived pregnancy. Up until this point human life in the womb was protected and acknowledged from the moment of conception...
Helping Haiti (01/27/10)
The Italians are blaming the United States for a "poor" response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti. The French are accusing the United States of using the earthquake as an "excuse to occupy" Haiti. Venezuela is blaming the United States of ... well, it's Venezuela, so they blame us for everything...
A better Jackson (01/27/10)
Jack Litzelfelner has left his mark on Jackson in positive ways for many years. This year, at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce/Jackson Industrial Development Authority banquet, Litzelfelner was honored with the R.A. Fulenwider Meritorious Community Service Award in recognition of his many accomplishments that have helped make Jackson a better place to live, work and play...
Court decision gives big megaphone to corporations (01/27/10)
If you thought our elections were for sale before, buckle your seat belt. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a virtual "blue light special" with corporations gaining even more influence on local and national issues and votes. ...
Turn on headlights in fog and rain, and save lives (01/27/10)
I was driving in a slight fog. Most vehicles' headlights were piercing the haze. I was amazed when I met a car that was completely dark. I could see without headlights, but others might not see me. Why should anyone drive without lights? Are they saving the tiny increment of gasoline used to keep their battery charged? Do they think it might make the battery last longer? Do they consider the lives, passengers' lives and the lives of others with whom they might share a head-on collision to be worth so little?. ...
Speak Out 1/27/10 (01/27/10)
IN response to the story "About face: Car seat experts now recommend parents keep children in rear-facing seats for longer than a year": Kudos to the Southeast Missourian for including this article about rear-facing car seats. So many people can't wait until their child turns 1 to turn them forward-facing, but they don't realize that can do much greater harm than good. ...
Prayer 1/27/10 (01/27/10)
For those coping with any adversity, we pray to you, O God, for guidance. Amen.
Super Kids Race Day (01/27/10)
The Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department along with A Small World Pre-School, Burger King, and Karns Financial are getting set for the Super Kids Race Day on Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at the SEMO Student Recreation Center. Races are for crawling babies up to 15-year-olds. ...
How you can get discounted, even free medicine (01/27/10)
Here in the Cape Girardeau-Jackson area, unemployment has increased from 5.2 percent to 7.1 percent over the past year and, for many workers, receiving a pink slip has also meant a loss of health insurance coverage. That's troubling news in a state plagued by nearly 3.3 million cases of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer and stroke. ...
Southeast Missouri Hospital Holds Topping Out Celebration for new Regional Cancer Center (01/27/10)
Southeast Missouri Hospital marked the completion of the new Regional Cancer Center's steel structure with a Topping Out celebration on Tuesday, January 26. The celebration kicked off at 5 p.m. in the Lobby of the Southeast Regional Medical Complex, adjacent to the new cancer center at 817 S. Mount Auburn Road. A reception followed...
Delta fifth grade boys basketball (01/27/10)
The Bobcats claimed second place at the Delta Tournament
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