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Ferry between western Ky., Missouri reopens (02/11/10)
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) -- A Mississippi River ferry between western Kentucky and Missouri that had closed last month because of high water has reopened. A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman says the Dorena-Hickman Ferry resumed service Wednesday but will only operate Wednesdays through Sundays until July 1 to try to save operating expenses...
Cape Girardeau house fire ruled accidental (02/11/10)
Investigators have ruled a fire that a Cape Girardeau home on Wednesday was accidental. Battalion Chief Brad Dillow of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department said that a two-hour investigation on Wednesday determined that the fire at 1000 S. Ellis St. began in an outlet in a bedroom...
County dismisses lawsuit against Cape Girardeau mail service (02/11/10)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a mail carrier that went out of business but owed the county more than $4,000 in prepaid postal services. On Sept. 22, the county sued Commercial Mail Services Inc., 2089 Bessie St., which handled bulk mailing services for the county. A lawsuit said the county had paid the company money in advance each month for services...
Two SEMO players charged in off-campus Cape assault have records (02/11/10)
Two of the four Southeast Missouri State University student-athletes charged in connection with an off-campus assault had criminal records, according to Missouri's court database. Four students were arrested Tuesday on charges connected to the Dec. 13 assault of a student. Another football player, Brett Jones, 18, of St. Clair, Mo., was arrested in January...
Cape homeless shelter organizers seeking community support (02/11/10)
An emergency homeless shelter for Cape Girardeau will be open within a month in a former pool hall if the community steps up with donations of material and labor to build the dorms, kitchen and showers needed to support it, organizers said Wednesday.
New federal prosecutor for Eastern District of Missouri begins work this week (02/11/10)
With less than two years left of law school, Richard Callahan dropped his daytime classes for a full-time job at the Internal Revenue Service, where he aspired to become a tax lawyer. More than 30 years later, Callahan has become the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. President Barack Obama nominated Callahan in September. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 24, sworn in Jan. 22 and began his first official week on the job Monday...
Cape Census office manager advises people to check worker ID badges (02/11/10)
When Census Bureau field workers start hitting the streets in force beginning in March, residents should make sure that the person claiming to work for the federal headcounting agency has the proper identification, the local Census office manager said Wednesday...
Voter forum for Cape Girardeau mayor, city council elections to be held next month (02/11/10)
The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri will hold a voter forum March 16 for the upcoming April 6 municipal elections. Cape Girardeau mayoral candidates Harry E. Rediger and Matt Hopkins, Ward 2 city council candidates Meg Davis-Proffer and Stafford L. Moore Sr., and Ward 1 candidates John Voss and Teresa Robinson will appear. The forum starts at 7 p.m at Cape Vocational Technology School. Anyone can submit questions for candidates at www.lwvsemo.org by March 14...
South Ellis Street home damaged in Wednesday fire (02/11/10)
A Cape Girardeau home sustained extensive smoke and fire damage after a Wednesday afternoon fire.
Scott City man arrested on drug, DWI charges in Miner (02/11/10)
MINER, Mo. -- A vehicle stop in Miner late Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Scott City man on drug-related charges. Jason M. Jungers of Scott City is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while intoxicated, according to a news release issued today by Miner Police Chief Roy Moore...
Deputy Cape County circuit clerk seeks to replace retiring boss (02/11/10)
Patti Wibbenmeyer, longtime chief deputy to Cape Girardeau County Circuit Clerk Charles Hutson, announced Wednesday that she plans to seek her boss's job in this year's election. Hutson, a Democrat, said last week he will not seek a 10th term. Wibbenmeyer, a Republican, said she wants to succeed Hutson to make sure the office continues to operate smoothly...
In federal court: Old Appleton man pleads guilty to firearm charge (02/11/10)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Keith D. Sorrell for a defendant appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. PLEADED GUILTY Name: Micheal A. Howe Age: 26 Residence: Old Appleton...
Missouri House backs special elections for vacancies on mostly party-line vote (02/11/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State House members backed an effort Wednesday to make Missouri more like Massachusetts by requiring special elections to fill vacancies for the U.S. Senate and most executive offices. The legislation would limit the ability of Missouri governors to appoint long-term replacements when top officeholders leave early because of deaths, resignations or impeachment-prompted ousters...
Mo. man charged with making false military claims (02/11/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A northwest Missouri man has been accused of lying about earning two of the military's top honors for his actions during the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada. A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted Timothy James Watkins, 47, of Richmond, Mo., on one misdemeanor count of falsely representing the award of military medals. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine...
New Sept. 11 attack photos released (02/11/10)
NEW YORK -- A trove of aerial photographs of the collapsing World Trade Center was widely released this week, offering a rare view from the heavens of the burning twin towers and the shroud of smoke and dust that settled over the city. The images were taken from a police helicopter -- the only photographers allowed in the airspace near the skyscrapers Sept. ...
Bernanke outlines plan for pulling in stimulus aid (02/11/10)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday began outlining the central bank's strategy for reeling in stimulus money once the economic recovery is more firmly rooted. Bernanke said the Fed will likely start to tighten credit by boosting the interest rate it pays banks on money they leave at the central bank. Doing so would raise rates tied to commercial banks' prime rate and affect many consumer loans. Companies and ordinary Americans would pay more to borrow...
Jobs legislation won't add many jobs (02/11/10)
WASHINGTON -- It's a bipartisan jobs bill that would hand President Barack Obama a badly needed political victory and placate Republicans with tax cuts at the same time. But it has a problem: It won't create many jobs. Even the Obama administration acknowledges the legislation's centerpiece -- a tax cut for businesses that hire unemployed workers -- would work only on the margins...
Former Texas representative Charlie Wilson dies at age 76 (02/11/10)
DALLAS -- Charlie Wilson, the fun-loving Texas congressman whose backroom deal making funneled millions of dollars in weapons to Afghanistan, allowing the country's underdog mujahedeen rebels to beat back the mighty Soviet Red Army, died Wednesday. He was 76...
Scientists seek better way to do climate report (02/11/10)
WASHINGTON -- A steady drip of unsettling errors is exposing what scientists are calling "the weaker link" in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning series of international reports on global warming. The flaws -- and the erosion they've caused in public confidence -- have some scientists calling for drastic changes in how future United Nations climate reports are done. ...
Iraq orders ex-Blackwater guards out within week (02/11/10)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq has ordered hundreds of private security guards linked to Blackwater Worldwide to leave the country within seven days or face possible arrest on visa violations, the interior minister said Wednesday. The order comes in the wake of a U.S. judge's dismissal of criminal charges against five Blackwater guards who were accused in the September 2007 shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad...
Study: Risk of dying early rises with boredom (02/11/10)
LONDON -- Can you really be bored to death? In a commentary to be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in April, experts say there's a possibility that the more bored you are, the more likely you are to die early. Annie Britton and Martin Shipley of University College London caution that boredom alone isn't likely to kill you -- but it could be a symptom of other risky behavior like drinking, smoking, taking drugs or having a psychological problem...
SCC gets even with Sikeston (02/11/10)
Otto Porter delivered another standout performance on both ends of the court for Scott County Central as his Braves downed the Bulldogs 70-51 in front of 4,428 fans.
Hatchett relishes chance to savor win (02/11/10)
"I've got to go back down there and see them," Hatchett said, talking about his friends on Sikeston's team. "I can talk stuff now."
High school roundup: Leopold captures tourney crown (02/11/10)
All of the area high school events reported Wednesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Redhawks attempt to improve OVC standing vs. EKU (02/11/10)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team is two-thirds of the way through its Ohio Valley Conference schedule. And the jury is out on what type of season the Redhawks will end up having. Despite all its recent struggles, injury-riddled Southeast still is alive to host a first-round OVC tournament game...
Southeast men face EKU's lethal outside shooters (02/11/10)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team plays four of its last five Ohio Valley Conference games at home, which would appear to work in the Redhawks' favor. But the Redhawks' also are finishing up the regular season against some of the OVC's elite squads...
Redhawks softball launches season today (02/11/10)
After a resurgent season, the Southeast Missouri State softball team had its sights set even higher this year. Longtime coach Lana Richmond still is optimistic, but the Redhawks will have to overcome the loss of their pitching ace. Giana Zimmerman, runner-up for Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year in 2009 as well as a second-team all-OVC pick, is out for the season after having shoulder surgery...
OVC poll: Southeast baseball will miss tourney (02/11/10)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball program has been remarkably consistent under coach Mark Hogan, qualifying for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament a league-record 15 straight seasons. But if the rest of the OVC's coaches are correct, this will be the year the Redhawks finally fail to make the cut under Hogan, entering his 16th season at Southeast...
Teens love to text, but on Valentine's Day would rather express emotions out loud (02/11/10)
Love can be expressed in many ways. Some people expect flowers or an invitation for dinner. For others, it is enough to get a nice text message. According to AT&T, 457 billion text messages were sent last year in its network. The company conducted a survey in 2009 and found that 40 percent of texters plan to send five or more Valentine's Day texts. Thoughts and habits regarding romantic texting vary among some local high school students...
Hooked on Science: Cold balloon, warm balloon (02/11/10)
What happens when you placed a balloon filled with air outside in a temperature below freezing? STEP 2: Leave one balloon inside and take the other balloon outside when the temperature drops below freezing. STEP 3: Wait several hours and check on both balloons. Bring the cold balloon inside. What happened several minutes later?...
who's next 2/11/10 (02/11/10)
Scholarships The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2010-2011 academic year: Honors, achievements -- From staff reports ...
Central Junior High School students rehearse for Day of Percussion performance (02/11/10)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Central Junior High School percussion students rehearse Tuesday with director Josh LeMar in advance of their trip Monday to McKendree University at Lebanon, Ill. ...
neXt up 2/11/10 (02/11/10)
What's happening this weekend
Love is ... (02/11/10)
Feb. 11, 2010 Dear Julie, Here on the tundra, as we think of Southeast Missouri these days, the wind sings to our houses and the frigid ground has us seeking warmth wherever it can be found -- in coffee cups, in an extra blanket, in a dog. Ol' Hank frolics in the snow. Lucy doesn't. In the summer, Lucy likes to swim. Hank doesn't. They are yang and yin and yet extracts of the same furry gene pool...
Sue McCoy (02/11/10)
Sue Rose McCoy, 79, of Florissant, Mo., formerly of Jackson, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur in Creve Coeur, Mo. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson...
Gerald Dirnberger (02/11/10)
ORAN, Mo. — Gerald "Jerry" Dirnberger, 72, of Oran died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran is in charge of arrangements.
Larry Randol (02/11/10)
Larry Randol, 72, of Scott City died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley Macklem (02/11/10)
Shirley Macklem, 66, of Kuttawa, Ky., died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at her home. She had taught math in various school systems since 1966. She retired from Shawnee Community College in Southern Illinois with 11 years' service. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Eddyville, Ky...
Verle Watkins (02/11/10)
Verle C. Watkins, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1924, in Moville, Iowa, to John and Fannie Vaught Watkins. He and Carna Gaines were married Nov. 19, 1943, in Sioux City, Iowa...
Paul Kuntze (02/11/10)
Paul A. Kuntze, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at his home. He was born Oct. 7, 1918, in Tilsit, to Theodore and Bertha Sebastian Kuntze. He and Monda Drucilla Gluckhertz were married Aug. 26, 1950, in Piggott, Ark. Kuntze served his country in the 2nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II, from the landing at Normandy until the end of the war in Europe. He was also proud of his service in the Civilian Conservation Corps...
Betty Abernathy (02/11/10)
Betty J. Abernathy, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 26, 1928, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Robert and Lela Singleton Abernathy. Abernathy was a member of Iona Baptist Church. She had been a housekeeper for the Erlbacher family...
Births 2/11/10 (02/11/10)
Son to Adam and Amanda Walter of Columbia, Mo., Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, 12:14 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Name, Aden Everett. Weight, 6 pounds, 7 ounces. First child. Mrs. Walter is the former Amanda Birk, daughter of DeWayne and Susan Birk of Jackson. She is employed in human resources at Bob McCosh Chevrolet. Walter is the son of Earl and Joan Walter of Fruitland. He is employed by Caterpillar Corp...
Jackson police report 2/11/10 (02/11/10)
*** The Jackson Police Department released the following item. Miscellaneous * Harassment was reported in the 300 block of Cherry Street.
Cape police report 2/11/10 (02/11/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 2/11/10 (02/11/10)
Freezing rain and snow makes travel difficult for area motorists in the morning, forcing cancellation of classes for a number of outlying school districts; snow has been on the ground in the Cape Girardeau area since Jan. 3, for a total of 40 days. John K. Hale, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Cape Mercantile Bank and Trust Co., and Cape Girardeau Mayor Howard C. Tooke snip a ribbon of money to officially open Mercantile's branch at West Park Mall...
Most cultural conservatives are not 'wing nuts' (02/11/10)
The loss of the late Edward Kennedy's Senate seat to a moderate Republican reflects an international trend toward centrist government. In Europe, the sociopolitical movement known as multiculturalism has contributed to the decline of the left...
Guilt by biased photo association? (02/11/10)
Unbelievable! Under the headline ("Jetton: The rise and fall") on a Page 1 article in Monday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch was a photograph of Rod Jetton -- former speaker of the Missouri House from Marble Hill -- next to an unidentified man. The unnamed person would be recognized by most Southeast Missourians and many others across the state as Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau...
Zoning changes (02/11/10)
Cape Girardeau's zoning ordinance has been under review for months. That process led to an overhaul that has been approved by the planning and zoning commission. Now it is up to the city council to take final action. As part of the process, the city council will have a meeting next week to consider the zoning revisions. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. A public hearing, part of the formal review process, also will be held Tuesday night...
Speak Out 2/11/10 (02/11/10)
THE Washington Post is babbling again about President Obama inheriting a huge deficit from President Bush. A lot of people swallow this nonsense. Let's review a short civics lesson. Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress. And which political party has controlled Congress since January 2007? The Democrats. ...
Prayer 2/11/10 (02/11/10)
For those who provide food and shelter when needed, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Heartland Pops Seeking Singers for Concerts (02/11/10)
The Heartland Pops Chorus is now open to new singers who would like to perform in one or both of our mid-year concerts.Datesfor the concerts are Sunday afternoon May 23 and Sept. 12. Both shows begin at 2:15P.M. at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Jackson. Our next rehearsal is Mon. Feb.22 at 7:30P.M. in the multi-purpose room at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson. A schedule will be set at this time. For more information, contact Jerry Ganiel at 579-6127 or Janell Hinkebein at 243-3367...
CASA of Southeast Missouri, Inc. Receives National Certification Recognizing the Quality of Its Work for Abused and Neglected Children (02/11/10)
CASA of Southeast Missouri, Inc. has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA of Southeast Missouri, Inc. is in compliance with National CASA's high standards for quality child advocacy...
American Heart Association's Start! Heart Walk: Advancing heart health one step at a time (02/11/10)
(Cape Girardeau, MO) -- Area residents will be walking this Saturday for more than great exercise. Sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital, the Cape Girardeau County Start! Heart Walk will be this Saturday, February 13, with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. at West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau...
"President's Day Family Swim" at the SEMO Student Aquatic Center Monday afternoon, February 15! (02/11/10)
Recreation Services at Southeast Missouri State is offering a chance for kids and parents to use the SEMO Student Aquatic Center on Monday, February 15 from 1-5pm to celebrate President's Day but also a day off of school for most kids in the Cape Girardeau area!...
Two Tom Turkey in the sun-rays (02/11/10)
These two tom turkeys were eating with the sun-rays shining down!!!!
Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary's Adorable Adoptable (02/11/10)
Austin is a lovable 3-year-old corgi-Labrador mix. He is certified in Canine Good Citizenship training. Austin does need a home without cats. Austin has been neutered. He is a very sweet guy. Austin is available for adoption at Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, 573-243-9823. Please view other adorable adoptables at http://www.safeharboranimalsanctuary.org/...
Otis (02/11/10)
Otis and Shane were outside playing Tuesday morning. Otis kept trying to catch snow as it blew around.
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