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Thrift stores report slowdown in number of donations following Christmas (12/28/11)
Local thrift stores blessed with a large number of donated items before Christmas are seeing the annual slowdown come quickly as the holiday season comes to a close. The slowdown means a break for staff, store managers say, but they still hope the giving won't stop...
Judge gives permission to preserve phone records as evidence in Cape murder case (12/28/11)
A Jackson man charged with a murder in a fatal stabbing outside a downtown Cape Girardeau bar earlier this month was granted permission to preserve any calls he made immediately after the incident as evidence Tuesday.
More than 100 Sears, Kmarts will close; no word yet on Cape stores (12/28/11)
The future of two of Cape Girardeau's most venerable retailers -- and about 170 jobs -- became uncertain Tuesday when the parent company of Kmart and Sears Grand announced it was closing as many 120 stores nationwide after a disastrous holiday shopping season.
Rabid skunk found in Reynolds County (12/28/11)
REYNOLDS COUNTY, Mo. -- A rabid skunk marks the first animal to test positive for the disease in Reynolds County this year. "On Dec. 14, 2011, a skunk entered a pen where a mother dog and four puppies were located," said Gena Terlizzi, public information officer for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in an email earlier this week...
Cape Girardeau County disabilities board trial date set for February (12/28/11)
With mediation attempts fruitless so far, a trial date has been set for Feb. 27 to settle a dispute between VIP Industries and the Cape County Board for Developmental Disabilities. And the issues are so complex it will take both a jury's verdict and a judge's ruling to disentangle them...
Furnace motor leads to fire scare at Cape Girardeau Subway (12/28/11)
A furnace motor was the source of a smoke smell reported by employees of Subway at 701 Broadway Tuesday morning. Captain Mark Starnes of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department said six units responded to the call but little smoke and no damage was found. The health department was notified of the incident. The restaurant is open and operating normally...
Man working at Cape restaurant suspected of forging immigration documents (12/28/11)
A Cape Girardeau fast food restaurant employee a faces felony charge after police discovered he may be an illegal immigrant. After getting several complaints that Chik-Fil-A, 3333 Gordonville Road, had illegal immigrants working there, Cape Girardeau police investigated the restaurant and found that Enrique Diaz-Rey had illegally forged documents to work there, according to police spokesman Darin Hickey...
Body found in St. Francis River; no foul play suspected (12/28/11)
FISK, Mo. -- There was no foul play involved in the drowning death of 58-year-old Fisk, Mo., resident Larry Boyer, according to an investigation completed Tuesday by law enforcement. Boyer's body was recovered around 4 p.m. Monday from the St. Francis River near Fisk. He was last seen at 11 p.m. Christmas Day and authorities now believe the man's death was an accident...
Area sees second snowfall of season (12/28/11)
Candy Harris cleans the snow off her car Tuesday morning in Cape Girardeau. "I said two days later, after Christmas, this is what I wanted," Harris said. This is the area's second snow of the season.
Perry County, Scott City get new radar equipment (12/28/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perry County Sheriff's Department and Scott City Police Department are two of eight Southeast Missouri law enforcement agencies to receive a new radar unit from the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety. Perry County's unit is valued at $2,700 and will replace the department's 10-year-old unit, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Route OO in Cape County closed for pipe replacement (12/28/11)
Route OO in Cape Girardeau County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe. This section of road is between Route Z and Route F. Work had been scheduled for Tuesday.
Highway 91 in Scott County to close for bridge repairs (12/28/11)
Highway 91 in Scott County will be closed today and Thursday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge repairs. The bridge is between Route CC and U.S. 61. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Arts group plans to renovate Maryville theater (12/28/11)
Maryville Daily Forum MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Plans are afoot to restore the historic Third Street building in downtown Maryville that houses the Rose Theater. The Nodaway Community Theater Company currently owns the downstairs performance space and now plans to purchase the upper story as well...
Study finds many would leave St. Louis school district (12/28/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nearly one-third of St. Louis students would change schools if they were allowed to take advantage of a contested state law that allows them to transfer to better-performing districts, according to a study conducted as part of a lawsuit. If that happened, the district would have to pay millions in tuition and transportation costs...
Suspected meth lab busted close to Washington, Mo., police station (12/28/11)
WASHINGTON, Mo. -- Police in an eastern Missouri town arrested seven people suspected of making methamphetamine in a building near the police station. Police in Washington, Mo., say they arrested three women and four men over the holiday weekend. The suspects are 18 to 30 years old and all but one is from Washington...
U.S. cities struggle to control sewer overflows (12/28/11)
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Twice in recent summers, visitors to parts of Michigan's western coast were greeted by mounds of garbage strewn along miles of sandy beach: plastic bottles, eating utensils, food wrappers, even hypodermic syringes. At least some of the rubbish had drifted across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, a vivid reminder that many cities still flush nasty stuff into streams and lakes during heavy storms, fouling the waters with bacteria and viruses that can make people seriously ill.. ...
Parents may join lawsuit over death at Busch home (12/28/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled that the parents of a woman who died at the home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV may join a wrongful death lawsuit filed on her son's behalf. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the court's Eastern District on Tuesday reversed a lower court's decision barring the parents of Adrienne Martin from intervening in the case...
As Iraq War ends, no parade for troops is imminent (12/28/11)
WASHINGTON -- Americans probably won't be seeing a huge ticker-tape parade anytime soon for troops returning from Iraq, and it's not clear if veterans of the nine-year campaign will ever enjoy the grand, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue homecoming that the nation's fighting men and women received after World War II and the Gulf War...
Home prices down in major U.S. cities (12/28/11)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. home prices fell in most major cities for the second straight month, further evidence that the housing recovery will be bumpy and weigh on the broader economy in 2012. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index released Tuesday showed prices dropped in October from September in 19 of the 20 cities tracked...
Officials: Deadly Connecticut fire caused by old fireplace embers (12/28/11)
STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Christmas morning fire that killed a couple and three of their grandchildren was accidentally started by old fireplace embers that had been discarded near a first-floor entryway, officials said Tuesday. The officials also said it wasn't clear if the home had working smoke detectors. Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia called the fire a "tragic accident," not the result of foul play...
Police: Neighbor chopped up Ind. girl with hacksaw (12/28/11)
Authorities didn’t say Tuesday why the neighbor killed the child
Consumer confidence index surges in December (12/28/11)
NEW YORK -- Americans are gaining faith that the economy is on the upswing. An improving job outlook helped the Consumer Confidence Index soar to the highest level since April and near a post-recession peak, according to a monthly survey by The Conference Board...
Holiday season marked by different types of shoppers (12/28/11)
Four types of American shoppers have altered the shopping landscape this holiday season. There's the bargain hunter who times deals. The midnight buyer who stays up late for discounts. The returner who gets buyer's remorse. And the "me" shopper who self-gifts...
Today in History (12/28/11)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2011. There are three days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union. On this date: In 1694, Queen Mary II of England died after more than five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III...
Proposed Guantanamo rule change sparks backlash from lawyers (12/28/11)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The new commander of the Guantanamo Bay prison wants a team of government and law enforcement officials to be allowed to review all communications between lawyers and inmates accused of helping organize the Sept. 11 attacks, The Associated Press has learned...
Protesters throng Syrian city as Arab League visits (12/28/11)
BEIRUT -- Tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets of Homs on Tuesday, chanting calls to execute Syrian President Bashar Assad shortly after his army pulled its tanks back and allowed Arab League monitors to visit the city at the heart of the uprising...
In China, a daring few challenge one-child limit (12/28/11)
ZHUJI, China -- Seven months pregnant, Wu Weiping sneaked out early in the morning carrying a shoulder bag with some clothes, her laptop and a knife. "It's good for me I wasn't caught, but it's lucky for them too," said Wu, 35, who feared that family planning officials were going to drag her to the hospital for a forced abortion. "I was going to fight to the death if they found me."...
Veil of secrecy in North Korea for Kim funeral (12/28/11)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il kept the world guessing in death as in life, with state media keeping quiet about the timing and details of his funeral Wednesday local time. Kim, who led the nation with an iron fist following his father Kim Il Sung's death in 1994, died of a heart attack Dec. 17 at age 69, according to state media. He is to be succeeded by his young son Kim Jong Un, already being hailed as the "supreme leader" of the party, state and army...
Cape Central boys basketball team escapes vs. rival Jackson to reach semifinals (12/28/11)
An exciting quarterfinal round at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament was capped by an absolute thriller between longtime rivals. Central and Jackson captivated the Show Me Center crowd with a tense, back-and-forth affair that left little margin for error and absolutely no breathing room...
Southeast Missourian Player of the week: Jackson's Dru Haertling (12/28/11)
Jackson's Dru Haertling's scoring output has increased dramatically this season. The senior averaged 9.8 points per contest last season, but has poured in 18.3 points per game this season. "To be honest, I think it's just a real blessing from the Lord," Haertling said. "I'm just praying and he's just taking care of me."...
Scott City boys basketball team scares No. 1 seed Charleston (12/28/11)
Scott City had Charleston on the ropes Tuesday. The Rams were riding momentum and confidence and had shut down the Bluejays' Division I-bound standout Greg Tucker. Then Charleston showed why it earned the No. 1 seed. Tucker and the Bluejays fought off an impressive effort by the Rams and held on for a wild 83-76 quarterfinal win in the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament...
Notre Dame boys basketball team subdues Advance in fourth quarter (12/28/11)
Notre Dame had trouble shaking Advance most of the night. But the Bulldogs weren't concerned. They expected a tough test from the underdog Hornets and figured they eventually would find the spurt they needed to pull away. "We knew it was going to be a tough game," Notre Dame senior guard Jonathan Lynch said. "We just tried to focus on keeping the tempo up, keeping the pressure on."...
Scott County Central boys basketball team overwhelms Leopold to reach semis (12/28/11)
The Leopold boys basketball team knew it needed to do three things well during its quarterfinal game at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament Tuesday night. It didn't do any of them -- well or otherwise. The three-time defending tournament and Class 1 state champion Scott County Central Braves have a way of doing that to opponents, even before they step onto the court...
High school roundup: Perryville girls basketball team falls in semis at North County tourney (12/28/11)
All the scores from Tuesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Longtime Scott City football coach Wilthong dies (12/28/11)
William Wilthong elevated the Scott City High School football program to statewide prominence during his long tenure at the helm of the Rams. "He put Scott City football on the map," said current Scott City football coach Jim May, who played for Wilthong...
Reigning champs to visit Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team (12/28/11)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team hosts Morehead State at 7:30 p.m. today.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team set to open conference play (12/28/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has put its rugged, road-heavy nonconference schedule in its rearview mirror for good. Now first-year coach Ty Margenthaler's Redhawks can concentrate on Ohio Valley Conference play beginning today with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff against Morehead State...
Red Wings rally past Blues 3-2 (12/28/11)
DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall scored 56 seconds apart in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 comeback win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Datsyuk added an assist, and Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for Detroit, which won its 11th consecutive home game. Ian White had two assists, and Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots...
Leaving tech out of the toy bag (12/28/11)
In Christmas Past, children would find all sorts of simple games under the tree: Tiddlywinks, pickup sticks and board games could amuse young minds for hours. Batteries and computer chips have made much of a child's play an electronic spectator sport today, but there are signs of some pushback...
U.S. chefs boost fine dining in France (12/28/11)
PARIS -- Paris, once regarded as the gastronomical center of the world, is looking to a cadre of young chefs from a country derided for its love of processed cheese -- the United States -- to help raise the bar. French chefs have been opening fine restaurants stateside for years, but up until about a decade ago, the opposite would have been almost unthinkable. ...
Cheesecake is not only for dessert (12/28/11)
One thing is for sure, these recipes prove that cheesecake is not just for dessert anymore. I know a few people who are really into making cheesecake right now, so I decided to do this column all on savory cheesecakes to ring in the New Year. It would be quite nice to have several different kinds of appetizer cheesecakes on a New Year's Eve party buffet. ...
Geraldine Douglas (12/28/11)
BENTON, Mo. — Geraldine Brock Douglas, 90, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Benton, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Plano. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton is in charge of arrangements.
Sophia Neeley (12/28/11)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Sophia M. Neeley, 93, of Olmsted died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Carl Clark officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery at Olmsted...
Gerard Lang (12/28/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Gerard Paul "Jerry" Lang, 89, of Anna, formerly of Belleville, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at the Illinois Veterans Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Ill...
Delos Dunker (12/28/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Delos D. Dunker, 88, of Perryville died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 a.m. to service time Thursday at Miller Family Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, with military honors to be conducted...
Adell Tallent (12/28/11)
MARQUAND, Mo. -- Adell Catherine Tallent, 84, of Marquand passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 4, 1927, in Patton, Mo., daughter of Harley and Grace McGraw Statler. She and Danny C. Tallent were married March 2, 1946...
Willis Myers (12/28/11)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Willis Clell Myers, 70, of Glenallen passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 16, 1941, in Wayne County, Mo., son of Clell Patrick and Jane L. Stroup Myers. He and Helen Gray were united in marriage Dec. 25, 1966...
William Wilthong (12/28/11)
William Gene Wilthong, 70, of Scott City passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 30, 1941, in Paragould, Ark., son of Frank and Lucy Darnell Wilthong. He and Linda Starr were married Aug. 9, 1964, in Paragould. William graduated from Arkansas State University in 1965. ...
Bobby Tankersley (12/28/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Bobby "Bob" Tankersley, 75, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Chaffee Nursing Center. He was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Bessville, Mo., to Earnest and Mildred Lincoln Tankersley. He married Wanda Sullivan on Aug. 13, 1957. Bob retired as a cutter at Florsheim Shoe Co. He was of the Baptist belief...
Jim Case (12/28/11)
Jim Case, 89, of Jackson passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 20, 1922, in Beulah, Mo., son of Squire and Mattie Fore Case. He and Loudean O. Abernathy Jones were married June 30, 1984 Jim was inducted into the United States Army on Nov. 3, 1942. He was awarded three Bronze Service Stars and a Bronze Star Medal. He was honorably discharged Oct. 22, 1945...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/28/11 (12/28/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/28/11 (12/28/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson police and fire reports 12/28/11 (12/28/11)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Assault Theft Property damage Miscellaneous Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Out of the past 12/28/11 (12/28/11)
Dr. Robert H. Hunt is guest pulpit messenger at Second Baptist Church; he is pastor of Cedar Street Baptist Church at Hayti, Mo., and is former pastor of Mercy Seat Baptist Church in Charleston, Mo. John A. Baker III has sold his interests in Baker's Restaurant in Cape Girardeau and Danver's Restaurant in Carbondale, Ill., to accept a consultant's position with Taco John's International...
Local Globetrotter (12/28/11)
Have you attended the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center this week? After a one-day break today, the tournament resumes tomorrow with semifinal games and will finish on Friday with first- and third-place competitions. Both the high school girls and boys Christmas tournaments are a great way to catch competitive basketball games and potentially get a glimpse of future star athletes. ...
Speak Out 12/28/11 (12/28/11)
THAT was a cute cartoon in the paper recently, the child just wanting sprinklers for Blanchard Elementary. It's kind of cool having our own local cartoonist. THERE will be four electable candidates in the election of 2012, as was the case in 1860 after which the Civil War began. ...
Prayer 12/28/11 (12/28/11)
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Amen.
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (12/28/11)
Wolfie is 1 year old. He is looking for a loving home. Wolfie is available for adoption at the Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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