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Southeast Missouri State University winter commencement is today (12/17/10)
Southeast Missouri State University's winter commencement ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Show Me Center. The university reports 641 students -- 563 undergraduates and 78 graduate students -- will take the walk across the stage. An honors convocation will be at 10:30 a.m...
Kinder attacks Nixon for Cape Girardeau project funding (12/17/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is criticizing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon for awarding $2 million in state aid for a Missouri project led by a man on probation for passing bad checks. The tax credits and grants went to the parent company for Hometown Innovation Team, which plans to manage a health care cooperative in Cape Girardeau. ...
The County Line: Assessor Jerry Reynolds preparing for review of property values (12/17/10)
Determining the value of land and property for tax purposes may not always make Cape Girardeau County Assessor Jerry Reynolds the most popular person in the county, but it is an important job that affects county revenue and classification. Reynolds said his office is preparing to begin another round of assessments in 2011...
Isle of Capri checks rock under Cape casino site, meets with utility companies (12/17/10)
While major construction on the Isle of Capri casino building isn't expected to start until the summer, preparation is now underway at the site. This week, drilling rigs hired by Isle of Capri are collecting borings to determine the characteristics of the rock under the casino site...
Cape Girardeau School Board approves construction bid packages (12/17/10)
In the opening push of what promises to be a busy building year ahead, the Cape Girardeau School Board on Thursday approved more than $6 million in bid packages for elementary school construction projects.
Cooking the No. 1 cause of winter home fires (12/17/10)
Fire prevention and fire safety are mostly about remembering the basics, according to State Fire Marshal Randy Cole and Cape Girardeau battalion chief Brian Shaffer. Overloaded power outlets, dry Christmas trees and unattended candles are among the leading fire hazards around the holidays, the Missouri Division of Fire Safety said in a news release this week...
Central High School auditorium's design to guard against woodpecker attack (12/17/10)
So how do you make a building woodpecker-proof? Architects for the planned $8.1 million Richard D. Kinder Performance Hall at Cape Girardeau Central High School have been pecking at that question. The high school has been under attack by the birds, invading the Styrofoam-based Exterior Insulated Finishing System, or the skin of the building...
Cape Girardeau pseudoephedrine prescription rule takes effect today (12/17/10)
Pharmacists at all stores in Cape Girardeau will begin asking consumers today for a doctor's prescription if they try to buy sinus medications containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine.
Area police departments report few accidents Thursday morning (12/17/10)
Despite the wintry mix that coated streets with a thin layer of ice and closed school districts across the area, many law enforcement agencies reported a relatively low number of traffic accidents.
Local columnist sparks statewide earmarks controversy (12/17/10)
Kansas City, Mo., Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is defending himself to the national media, saying a Southeast Missouri columnist's article that claims he was trying to seek $48 billion in federal funding for an inner-city revitalization project is false.
Route T in Stoddard County reduced for bridge repairs (12/17/10)
Route T in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane from Route J to County Road 295 while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. Weather permitting, work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The work zone will be marked with signs, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Former Dexter police worker gets probation after pleading guilty to stealing from department (12/17/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A former Dexter Police Department secretary and dispatcher was placed on probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to stealing money from the department. After waiving her arraignment, Tammy Fields pleaded guilty as charged to felony stealing before Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp, according to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn...
Craftsman Local No. 1 members load Christmas baskets (12/17/10)
Nixon: No prison closings; school aid questionable (12/17/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ruled out closing a state prison to help close the state's projected budget gap but warned Thursday that more cuts could be coming to state jobs, higher education and certain public school programs...
Mo. attorney general drops suit after veterans agency is repaid (12/17/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is dropping a civil suit against a former state accountant after she repaid money taken from the Missouri Veterans Commission. Stacy Griffin-Lowery was sentenced this fall to probation and community service after pleading guilty in federal court to the misapplication of Veterans Commission money. An indictment alleged she embezzled about $90,000 from 2005 to 2008 that had been intended to benefit veterans living in nursing homes...
Brain-damaged woman knows no fear (12/17/10)
NEW YORK -- Meet SM, a 44-year-old woman who literally knows no fear. She's not afraid to handle snakes. She's not afraid of the "The Blair Witch Project," "The Shining" or "Arachnophobia." When she visited a haunted house, it was a monster who was afraid of her...
Strong week raises optimism for 2011 (12/17/10)
WASHINGTON -- Buoyed by a string of hopeful government reports on layoffs, factory production and consumer spending, economists are predicting that hiring and even housing will pick up in 2011 and make it a better year after all. The reports issued this week, along with a tax-cut plan that Congress is set to pass, point to stronger overall growth next year, experts say...
Senators choose to ban earmarks, then grab them (12/17/10)
WASHINGTON -- More than two dozen senators, most Republicans, who recently voted to ban homestate projects are claiming hundreds of earmarks in an almost $1.3 trillion bill to fund most federal programs and agencies into next fall. Republicans are calling the 1,924-page bill a pork-filled mess and accusing Democrats of trying to jam it through Congress with minimal debate and little if any opportunity to make changes. ...
House votes again to lift restrictions on gays in military (12/17/10)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate will get one last chance to dismantle the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy before going home for the year. The House on Wednesday sent senators legislation that would end the 1993 law that forbids recruiters from asking about sexual orientation and troops from acknowledging that they are gay...
Congress sends tax cut bill to Obama (12/17/10)
WASHINGTON -- Acting with uncommon speed, Congress sent President Barack Obama sweeping, bipartisan legislation late Thursday to avoid a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes for millions and renew jobless benefits for victims of the worst recession in 80 years...
E.U. agrees on rescue plan for future financial crises (12/17/10)
BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders agreed Thursday to change the bloc's main treaty to allow a permanent rescue plan for countries that run into financial trouble, but the region still faces rising pressure to solve its immediate debt woes. Ratings agencies revealed new worries about Greece, where protests against debt-driven austerity measures turned violent Thursday. The far-larger Spanish economy is also facing worryingly higher borrowing costs...
Almost no oil recovered from sand berms (12/17/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- The big set of sand barriers erected by Louisiana's governor to protect the coastline at the height of the Gulf oil spill is being criticized by a presidential commission as a colossal waste of $200 million so far. Hardly any oil ever reached the berms, government documents obtained by The Associated Press show...
Man unsuspecting getaway driver (12/17/10)
JANESVILLE, Minn. -- A 26-year-old man thought he was doing a good deed when he gave a 70-year-old woman a ride to a Minnesota bank. But police say the woman robbed the bank, and the man was her unsuspecting getaway driver. The man told The Free Press of Mankato, Minn., that he thought the woman, who rents an apartment from his mother, was going to the bank to withdraw cash to pay her rent...
Australian island death toll reaches 30 (12/17/10)
SYDNEY -- Police divers have pulled two bodies from the sunken wreckage of a boat that was packed with asylum seekers trying to reach Australia when it was smashed on rocks at a remote island, taking the death toll from the disaster to 30. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said today the bodies of a man and a boy aged about 11 were found near the hulk of the wooden boat Thursday, when seas calmed enough for divers to enter the water...
WikiLeaks founder released from British custody (12/17/10)
LONDON -- The once-elusive Julian Assange was freed on bail Thursday, releasing the WikiLeaks founder to continue his work as Sweden pushes its case for extradition and the United States considers its own criminal charges over his website's release of secret information...
Court: Irish abortion ban violates women's rights (12/17/10)
DUBLIN -- Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates pregnant women's right to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, criticizing Ireland's long inaction on the issue. The Strasbourg, France-based court ruled that a pregnant woman fighting cancer should have been allowed to get an abortion in Ireland in 2005 rather than being forced to go to England for the procedure...
At least 20 people killed in clashes in Ivory Coast (12/17/10)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Forces loyal to the two men claiming Ivory Coast's presidency clashed in the streets of the commercial capital Thursday, killing at least 20 people and bolstering fears that the world's top cocoa producer is on the verge of another civil war...
Bomb explodes near U.S. Embassy vehicle in Yemen (12/17/10)
SANA'A, Yemen -- A group of American embassy staffers came under attack when a bomb was thrown near their vehicle outside a restaurant in Yemen's capital, U.S. and Yemeni officials said Thursday. No one was hurt in the attack Wednesday evening in Hadda, a commercial district in the capital, said U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley...
Jackson girls stop Notre Dame (12/17/10)
The Indians seized control midway through the fourth quarter and surged ahead for a 65-60 victory at Notre Dame on Thursday night.
Elite field assembles for the 37th Tiger Classic (12/17/10)
Jackson is expected to contend for the title when action begins today
High school roundup: Oran girls turn aside S. Pemiscot (12/17/10)
All the area high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
MU wins 81-62, avenges loss to Oral Roberts (12/17/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- On Monday afternoon before practice, Missouri coach Mike Anderson showed his team the video of its last-second defeat at Oral Roberts last season after which the fans rushed the court. The Tigers had revenge on their minds Thursday night...
Jackson hits milestones but longs for playoffs (12/17/10)
ST. LOUIS -- If he never plays another down, Steven Jackson is in select company. Last week, the St. Louis Rams' running back became the 11th player in NFL history with six consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. It's a mark of durability that he's justifiably proud of...
Depleted Blues hold off Kings (12/17/10)
St. Louis scored late to break a tie and went on to a 6-4 victory
Techie toys: Tips to help your Christmas shopping (12/17/10)
NEW YORK -- While stores still sell a plethora of good old-fashioned toys such as board games, action figures and stuffed animals, electronic ones aren't exactly a niche category anymore either. And fortunately for parents, the selection has grown beyond video games and noisy radio-controlled cars to include educational e-readers, musical instruments and interactive robots...
Tips for parents dealing with Santa-phobia (12/17/10)
Ho, ho ... EEK! What's a parent, or a Santa, to do when the obligatory Christmas photo op goes terrifyingly off the rails? Fernando Martin remembers the moment well. Son Xandro was stunned into silence during his first visit to the Jolly One at age 21 months near home in Lancaster, Pa...
Frugal parents skip stores for online toy swaps (12/17/10)
NEW YORK -- Stephanie Edwards-Musa finished her Christmas shopping early this year. Her 13-year-old daughter is getting a PlayStation 2 and clothing from Hollister and Aeropostale. For her 5-year-old son, it's a bundle of toys, mostly "Star Wars"-themed...
Body of dance (12/17/10)
A New York Times dance critic came under scrutiny this week for comments about a classical ballet dancer in the New York City Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker." He accused her of indulging in too many sugar plums this holiday season. Alastair Macaulay, the Times critic, was watching a performance by the ballet company, which was created and shaped by George Balanchine...
Staying active this winter (12/17/10)
Like most Midwesterners, I'm too often unsatisfied with the weather. It's either too hot. Or it's too cold. Guess which one I'm thinking of right now. One of the things I've been working on in recent months is more exercise. I read somewhere that the official definition of a "couch potato" is someone who does less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day...
Neal E. Boyd, two other Southeast Missouri musicians perform in Christmas Eve concert (12/17/10)
Neal E. Boyd is looking forward to sharing the spotlight with two other native Missouri musicians when he returns home to Sikeston, Mo., to perform a special Christmas Eve concert. He will be accompanied by Maggie Thorn, a 16-year-old country singer from Bloomfield, Mo., who won top honors in the Senior Youth Talent Contest at last year's Mid-South Fair in Memphis, Tenn., and Dub Pierce, a Christian recording artist also native to Southeast Missouri, at the "Community Christmas Eve Extravaganza" sponsored by the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston.. ...
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces newest members (12/17/10)
NEW YORK -- Neil Diamond had been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for several years but never got a nomination to join music's prestigious club. But he was never really worried about it. "I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they'd get around to me at some point," he said in a phone interview...
Artifacts 12/17/10 (12/17/10)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Local blogger publishes book of greatest hits (12/17/10)
Brad Hollerbach is a mild-mannered Southeast Missourian IT director by day and blogger by night. His blog, "The Irony of It All," has been a staple of the Southeast Missourian website's blog section for the last two years. He has posted more than 300 blogs...
'Bed Intruder Song,' Bieber top YouTube videos of 2010 (12/17/10)
NEW YORK -- Antoine Dodson's dramatic reaction to a local crime has spawned the most-watched YouTube video of the year, excepting music videos. When Dodson, a 24-year-old Alabama student, gave an angry TV interview about an attempted rape against his younger sister, he became a viral hit. When a video turned that rant into an auto-tuned song, "Bed Intruder Song," Dodson became a full-fledged Internet sensation...
John Kerby (12/17/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- John Alvin Kerby, 72, of Benton died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1938, at Benton, to Galen Ceebern "Slim" and Catherine Strosnider Kerby. He and Joan Marie Urhahn were married Aug. 30, 1973, in Metropolis, Ill...
Jacquelyn Brotherton (12/17/10)
Jacquelyn R. Brotherton, 64, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 7, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, to Luther and Mildred S. Schatte Dillow. She and Jerry Brotherton were married July 9, 1966, in Jackson. Jacquelyn volunteered with Girl Scouts of America 25 years, and worked at Shirley's Hair Fashions more than 10 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson...
John Heeb (12/17/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- John Dale Heeb, 77, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at the home of a son in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Dec. 23, 1932, in Chaffee, to Rufus and Hilda Beatrice Williams Heeb. Heeb was a retired real estate agent with Century 21 Key Realty in Cape Girardeau...
Wayne Riddle (12/17/10)
Wayne Riddle, 35, of Daleville, Ala., husband of Tiffany Rose Riddle and son of Dwight D. and Barbara R. Crump Riddle, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, in Daleville. He was born May 9, 1975, in Monroe, N.C. He and Tiffany Rose Flowers were married Oct. 18, 2008, in North Carolina...
James Mason (12/17/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- James Henry Mason Sr., 88, a loving husband and father, died Dec. 15, 2010 at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born April 11, 1922, in Sikeston, son of the late Benjamin Sweet and Mary Jane "Molly" Hart Mason. On Jan. 15, 1946, he married Louise Myers. She preceded him in death Oct. 28, 1977...
Jackie Lincoln (12/17/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Jackie Wayne Lincoln, 54, of Holts Summit, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Grundy Center, Iowa. He was born Feb. 23, 1956, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Sherman William and Elsie Lou Upchurch Lincoln. Jackie attended Woodland High School in Marble Hill and Chillicothe Area Vocational College. ...
Births 12/17/10 (12/17/10)
Son to Kenneth Charles and Meredith Noel Scherer of Advance, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 8:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. Name, Tanner Raymond. Weight, 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Scherer is the former Meredith Cox, daughter of George and Mary Nelle Cox of Advance. She is employed at the Lutheran Home. Scherer is the son of Charles and Rose Ann Scherer of Benton, Mo. He is employed by ASA Asphalt...
Jackson police/fire report 12/17/10 (12/17/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 12/17/10 (12/17/10)
For the second time in four weeks, a barge hits the railroad bridge at Thebes, Ill.; nine barges under tow downstream by the Dixie Power ram a bridge pillar at 2:35 a.m., spilling 180,600 gallons of No. 4 crude oil into the Mississippi River. Cape Girardeau city officials plan to seek two park development grants totaling $76,850 to help finance construction of multi-use courts and picnic shelters, as well as other improvements, in Cherokee and Shawnee parks...
Commencement (12/17/10)
Life is full of milestones, and for 641 Southeast Missouri State University students, one milestone will take place Saturday. In the December commencement ceremony, 641 students -- 563 undergraduates and 78 graduate students -- will receive degrees...
Taxes not tyranny (12/17/10)
To my husband and me, paying taxes has been a privilege, not tyranny as a recent letter to the editor suggested. It is wonderful to travel on America's roads. It is nice to be able to call a fire department if there is a need. Ever since biblical times, certain individuals have hated paying taxes. Thus, the Bible says to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's...
Smoking rights (12/17/10)
How many years have we worked to keep this country free? What is the difference between living free and living in a communist state? Are we headed there? I know if I were a business owner and was told I could not allow smoking in my business, I would fight for my right to run my own business. Please don't come to my business if you don't like smelling smoke...
Joy in our hearts (12/17/10)
JO to the World and PEACE on Earth to all! No, this is not a typo. The sign in our front yard reads "JO" since someone stole our Y. As a greeting to all who pass our house during the hectic Christmas season, we display the words "JOY" and "PEACE." It is a reminder to ourselves, and others, that this season has little to do with presents and food but much more to do with Christ...
No to smoking ban (12/17/10)
I do not live in the city of Cape Girardeau. However, when I do get a night to go out, I like to visit downtown Cape Girardeau and listen to live music at one of the many bars featuring good local talent. The downtown music scene attracts many visitors to Cape Girardeau during the week and even more during the weekend...
Speak Out 12/17/10 (12/17/10)
I used to live in the "loop" area of St Louis. The area was lively and vibrant, but that meant there was noise. It seems in Cape Girardeau we want more growth and business downtown, but that will mean there will be noise. If it's too much for a resident, they should move to a rural area...
Prayer 12/17/10 (12/17/10)
O Lord, may our words be guided by grace and love. Amen.
Time Passes By (12/17/10)
Mr. Kinsers watch shop in Bloomfield Mo. To step in his store, is to step back in time. Black velvet on the wall to hang watches with name tags of owners, drawers of replacement glass,watch parts that he has accumulated over the many years that he has been there. One must visit before he closes shop. A wonderful kind gentleman...
Christmas Carols! (12/17/10)
Duke and Otis gathered arround the Christmas Tree singing carols!
SALT Senior Christmas Party (12/17/10)
S.A.L.T., Seniors and Lawman Together, held their annual Senior Christmas Party yesterday at the Eagles. A good time was had by all including the officers from the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Cape County Sheriff's Department and Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety...
Tracker visited his furry friends at the shelter. (12/17/10)
Tracker was at the Holiday After Hour Madness event at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri on December 14 collecting treats and visiting his furry friends.
Bird Of Paradise (12/17/10)
Bird of Paradise at the St Louis botanical gardens. Can't wait for Spring.
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