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Benton teen injured after car strikes utility pole (02/10/10)
BENTON, Mo. - A Benton teenage boy was injured Tuesday night after the car he was driving struck a utility pole. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the accident occurred around 9:50 p.m. on County Road 401. Jerret M. Nicoson, 16, was driving a 1996 Ford when he lost control of the vehicle southbound on the ice-covered roadway and struck a utility pole...
Three more SEMO football players charged in alleged assault (02/10/10)
Four Southeast Missouri State University students were charged Tuesday in connection to the Dec. 13 assault of another college student at an off-campus house.
21 teams working on robots for competition at Southeast this month (02/10/10)
After months of work, endless hours after school and a couple of long weekends, five students at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center took apart their robot and started over. Danny McElreath said it is difficult to quantify the attempts to create and program a robot that can pick up and throw balls, among other tasks...
Former state representative pens angry letter to Crowell over refusal to sponsor appointment (02/10/10)
A former Perry County Commissioner and state representative said he's "madder than hell" that state Sen. Jason Crowell has refused to sponsor his renomination to a state board that oversees health care for thousands of public employees. Patrick Naeger, a Perryville Republican, wrote Crowell, a Cape Girardeau Republican, an "open letter" in which he said he tried repeatedly to contact Crowell about the nomination but received no response. ...
Better Business Bureau issues warnings about three Cairo businesses (02/10/10)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The St. Louis Better Business Bureau issued a warning about three Cairo, Ill.-based Internet businesses it says have been the subject of repeated complaints about poor service and undelivered products.
FEMA expected to reimburse county by end of the year for 2009 wind storm expenses (02/10/10)
Nearly a year after a wind storm knocked out power in Cape Girardeau County, officials say most of the reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency should arrive soon. According to the county auditor's office, FEMA has indicated it will pay $52,560, or 75 percent, of the $70,081 the agency owes to the county. The remaining amount should be disbursed at a later date...
Area receives less snowfall than expected; temperatures drop (02/10/10)
Monday's winter storm produced less snow than expected but left behind low temperatures and icy roads that caused numerous traffic accidents.
'Loveline' host Dr. Drew Pinsky to speak at Southeast (02/10/10)
The host of the nationally syndicated radio call-in show "Loveline" and star of the VH1 show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" will speak Thursday night as a part of the University Speaker Series at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Drew Pinsky will speak at 7 p.m. at Academic Hall auditorium...
Former manager pleads guilty to cooking meth in restaurant (02/10/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A former Cape Girardeau Sonic manager pleaded guilty Tuesday before Butler County Circuit Court Judge Robert L. Smith to attempting to manufacture methamphetamine in the restaurant in December.
Highway 51 bridge rehab project to start Monday (02/10/10)
Traffic on the Chester Bridge on Highway 51 in Perry County will be restricted starting Monday. Work to rehabilitate the Mississippi River bridge east of Chester, Ill., will begin at 7 a.m. and will continue through June 25.
More than 3,000 pounds of marijuana seized in Bootheel traffic stop (02/10/10)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol helped bring more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana off the streets and a Texas drug trafficker behind bars this week, KZIM KSIM reported.
MSU committee hopes to find new president quickly (02/10/10)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri State University committee wants the school to have a new leader by the next academic year. The presidential search committee is seeking a replacement for Mike Nietzel, who has announced he plans to resign once his successor is picked...
Toyota seeks public and private damage control before probe (02/10/10)
WASHINGTON -- In public, Toyota is running apologetic TV ads and vowing to win back customers' trust. Behind the scenes, the besieged carmaker is trying to learn all it can about congressional investigations, maybe even steer them if it can. It's part of an all-out drive by the world's biggest auto manufacturer to redeem its once unassailable brand -- hit anew Tuesday as Toyota's global recall ballooned to 8.5 million cars and trucks...
Haiti raises earthquake's death toll to 230,000 (02/10/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti's government has raised the death toll for the Jan. 12 earthquake to 230,000 from 212,000 and says more bodies remain uncounted. The government initially estimated 150,000 dead on Jan. 24, apparently from bodies being recovered in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, the capital that was near the epicenter...
Iran begins uranium enrichment, gets warnings (02/10/10)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian nuclear technicians set dozens of centrifuges spinning Tuesday to begin enriching uranium stocks to a significantly higher level, prompting President Barack Obama to warn of a "significant regime of sanctions." Iran's acceleration in its enrichment program was a defiant step that puts weapons-grade uranium in closer reach, should Tehran choose to go after the bomb. ...
Nigeria: Vice president now acting president (02/10/10)
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigeria's parliament empowered Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to run Africa's most populous nation Tuesday in place of an ill and absent president, striving for a political end to a crisis that ground the government to a virtual halt and triggered the resumption of an insurgency in the vital oil sector...
Over 60 feared dead, 400 hurt in Afghan avalanches (02/10/10)
KABUL -- A series of avalanches engulfed a mountain pass in Afghanistan, trapping hundreds of people in their buried cars and killing as many as 64 people so far, authorities said Tuesday. Rescuers brought in bulldozers, ambulances and helicopters in a massive effort to reach victims stuck in the frigid snow along the 12,700-feet-high Salang Pass, which links the Afghan capital Kabul with the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif...
Jackson boys defeat Central at the Show Me Center (02/10/10)
Jackson's offense sizzled in the second quarter. The Indians shot 70 percent from the field as it pulled away from Central at the Show Me Center. The Tigers never could dig out of the hole as the Indians pulled out the 57-46 victory Tuesday. "I thought we got the ball in some good spots," Jackson coach Darrin Scott said. "We got to the high post, we got it in the low post. That's what I thought was key. We got the ball in positions where we can make shots and then we made shots."...
High school roundup: Advance slips past Woodland 75-74 (02/10/10)
All the high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Jackson girls cruise in wire-to-wire victory (02/10/10)
Jackson was money on offense and stifling on defense. That combination led the Indians to a 66-33 rout of rival Central at the Show Me Center on Tuesday night. "It was a big thing," Central coach Sherri Shirrell said of the Indians' shooting. "They were shooting real well and their matchup zone gave us fits."...
UTM nets first OVC victory vs. Redhawks (02/10/10)
MARTIN, Tenn. -- The sun finally shined on the Tennessee-Martin men's basketball team. And at Southeast Missouri State's expense. UTM notched its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season Tuesday night, rallying past the visiting Redhawks 73-70...
Rams' Jackson will not face charges over allegations made by girlfriend (02/10/10)
LAS VEGAS -- St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson won't face criminal charges over allegations that he beat a girlfriend who was nine months pregnant with the couple's child at his Las Vegas home last year, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday...
Adjusting a door vs. planing and sanding (02/10/10)
Wet weather makes doors stick and bind. If you're tired of pulling and tugging, you're probably ready to start planing and sanding. But not so fast. Knowing why doors stick can help solve the problem quickly and easily. ...
Dr. Grow: The best ways to attract squirrels (02/10/10)
I'm writing this column with some trepidation. My last column covered the subject of squirrel-proof bird feeders. Several readers thanked me for the information. In their minds' eyes, the birdfeed they put out is for birds, not those nasty rodents that were lured into the neighborhood by some next-door do-gooder...
Recipe Swap: Touring the Mississippi River one recipe at a time (02/10/10)
Happy 13th birthday today to our daughter Lexie. Lexie is my cooking and food buddy. She loves to try new foods and enjoys eating almost any cuisine. One thing she and I enjoy is watching Food Network. We have our favorite shows that we watch together, and I am amazed at what she has learned. ...
Verle Watkins (02/10/10)
*** Verle Watkins Verle C. Watkins, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Betty Abernathy (02/10/10)
*** Betty Abernathy Betty J. Abernathy, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cecil McGuire (02/10/10)
Cecil Paul McGuire, 81, of Jackson died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at his home. He was born Oct. 23, 1928, in Hickory Grove, Mo., son of Edwin Lawrence and Lillian Allen McGuire. He and Wanda L. Cobb were married Dec. 23, 1956. Cecil attended Cape First Church and was a member of Labor Local 1104 and VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau, and Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 of Jackson...
Mary Sebaugh (02/10/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Helen Sebaugh, 100, of Perryville, formerly of Daisy, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Perry Oaks Nursing Center in Perryville. She was born Sept. 16, 1909, in Morley, Mo., daughter of Amos Cleveland and Dora Mae Mull Evans. She first married Harold W. Anthony on May 3, 1945. He died Nov. 4, 1976. She then married Pervis Sebaugh on June 19, 1979. He died March 29, 1999...
Births 2/10/10 (02/10/10)
Son to Jeffery Wyane McGee and Deseray Leeann Squires of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:31 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. Name, Levi Wyane. Weight, 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Third son. Ms. Squires is the daughter of Ronda Talley of Scott City and Patrick Squires of Sikeston, Mo. McGee is the son of Joyce McGee of Cape Girardeau. He is employed by LRA Properties...
Jackson police and fire reports 2/10/10 (02/10/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Thefts Miscellaneous Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Cape police report 2/10/10 (02/10/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Assaults Thefts Miscellaneous...
Cape fire report 2/10/10 (02/10/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 2/10/10 (02/10/10)
The Rev. Ellis T. Rottman, a former resident of Cape Girardeau and pastor of Hanover Lutheran Church from 1968 to 1973, leads an afternoon Witness Workshop at Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel. First Assembly of God Church hosts a farewell party for the Rev. and Mrs. Hutson L. Goza following the evening service; the Gozas have been associate pastors for two years at the church; the Rev. Goza has accepted the senior pastorate at a church in Dyer, Tenn...
Song of the open newspaper (02/10/10)
Newspapers, say the talking heads, are dying -- chewed up for four decades by television, and finally digested during the last tenner by the Internet. Information wants to be free, the chatterers opine, and that means "the news" will evade the papers' attempts to confine it inside a paywall. It will escape, and proliferate, becoming a slippery commodity unsupportable by either subscription fees or advertising. Requiescat in pacem, cuculli piscibus...
Here's the cure for what ails us - and it involves only a little moderation (02/10/10)
Over the weekend, it hit me like a ton of bricks. We're going about this national health care crisis all the wrong way. We don't have a health care crisis. We have a health crisis. Duh! Instead of stealing money from those who have adequate health care coverage, we should instead manage health itself...
Chamber winners (02/10/10)
Pete Poe is not someone who likes to talk about community service. He would rather do it. For his many years of working in so many capacities to benefit Cape Girardeau, Poe was honored with this year's Rush H. Limbaugh Award for service to the community. The award was presented as the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner...
Open letter to Sen. Crowell (02/10/10)
Dear Senator Crowell, Since every effort I have made to communicate directly with you in the last two weeks has failed, I have resorted to this open letter. In fact, I have made three or four calls to your Jefferson City Office and two or three calls to your cell phone and you have not returned a single one of them. I know for a fact that you have received my messages because Bev in your office assured me that she gave them to you...
Prayer 2/10/10 (02/10/10)
Bless those, O God, who find ways to serve others and their communities. Amen.
valentines deja vu (02/10/10)
Valentines déjà vu Back in the summer when I was 13 years old, we lived on the east side of Small Town Anywhere, U.S.A. I rode my bike a lot; almost every day. There was a girl my age that lived a couple blocks away; a pretty little blond haired girl named Judy, and sometimes as I would ride...
Independent Candidate, Veteran Larry Bill, Commends Actions of Competitors (02/10/10)
In the normal run of political campaigns, politicians take a "me all good, opponent all bad" attitude as a theme. Larry Bill, a local Jackson businessman, wants to instead recognize when opponents take action favorable to us all. For example, Larry was pleased with Jo Ann Emerson's introduction of legislation to block the EPA from instituting cap and trade by executive order. Why raise utility bills on people out of work?...
Blankets for Haiti (02/10/10)
8th Graders from St. Marys school make blankets to send to Haiti. Left to Right is Emily Young, Jessica Westrich, Andrew Hobeck, Madeline Rosenquist, Edie Salter and Caroline Smith
Beckham (02/10/10)
Goldens love snow!
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (02/10/10)
Maggie is a 6 month old lab mix. She is already spayed and housebroken. Maggie is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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