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Some call Missouri presidential primary meaningless 'beauty contest' (01/04/12)
Missouri's presidential primary is 34 days away, but local members of both political parties say the GOP's statewide move to a caucus system this year has largely rendered the Feb. 7 election a meaningless -- albeit expensive -- "beauty contest."
Clay Waller gets 5 years on federal charge of making online threats (01/04/12)
Clay Waller will spend the next five years in a federal prison for posting a threat against his sister-in-law on an Internet forum site. Waller was sentenced to five years in prison today after he pleaded guilty to federal Internet threat charges in October.
Southeast professor uses Legos to teach management lessons (01/04/12)
Managers could learn a lot by letting their employees play with Legos, according to a new study by a Southeast Missouri State University business professor. Dr. Erin Fluegge Woolf discovered key factors that motivate employees in her recent study, titled "Live, Laugh, Lego."...
Jackson planning to revise city water system (01/04/12)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen Tuesday night selected a firm to prepare a $75,300 engineering report that will outline how the city could change and expand its water system. The city is taking beginning steps to supplement its 2007 water system facility plan by looking at the effects of discontinuing lime softening and evaluating expansion to areas north of the Jackson through future annexation actions...
Sikeston theater avoids closure, signs new lease (01/04/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston moviegoers can count on being able to catch the latest releases at a cinema close to home for at least the next few years. James Tashie, executive vice president of Malco Theatres, confirmed his company reached an agreement with Central Realty in St. Louis, owners of the shopping center on East Malone Avenue where the Malco Trio is located...
U.S. 61 in Perry County reduced to one lane for bridge work (01/04/12)
U.S. 61 in Perry County will be reduced to one lane Thursday as contractor crews seal a bridge deck. The bridge is at Apple Creek, Mo., between Main Street and Route F. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Route B in Bollinger County reduced to one lane for repairs (01/04/12)
Route B in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make edge rut repairs. This section of road is from Highway 34 to Route UU. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Missouri traffic deaths drop below 800 in 2011 (01/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the annual number of traffic deaths in the state continues to decline. The patrol says 773 people died in 2011, a 5 percent reduction from the 821 people killed in 2010. It was the first year since 1949 that Missouri has had fewer than 800 fatalities from traffic accidents...
Midwest economic survey suggests further slowdown (01/04/12)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Little economic growth is expected over the next several months in nine Midwest and Plains states because problems in the global economy are slowing business in the region, according to a new survey released Tuesday. The region's economy still appears much healthier than it did during the recession of 2008 and 2009, but the debt concerns in Europe and sluggish pace of the nation's economy are causing a slowdown, Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said...
Missouri State of State speech scheduled for Jan. 17 (01/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State address Jan. 17 to a joint session of the Missouri Legislature. Nixon's office said Tuesday the speech is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the House chamber. The State of the State address typically outlines the governor's policy recommendations and proposed state budget for the next fiscal year...
Missouri facing $500M hole in upcoming budget (01/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri budget leaders are warning of a half-billion-dollar gap between projected expenses and revenue for the upcoming financial year. Such cautions have become so common in recent years that they may seem a mere formality as lawmakers convene their 2012 session Wednesday. Yet this time, the cuts really may be more difficult to make...
Home of Mark Twain's girlfriend being restored (01/04/12)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- To some, 210 Fifth St. is just another house standing amongst the many older homes in the neighborhood. It's been there for a century or more, has had a number of residents call it home, and eventually it suffered damage and fell into dire straits...
Suit filed over Salem, Mo., library's blocking of religious content (01/04/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday against a small Missouri town's public library, claiming it unconstitutionally blocks access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in St. ...
Ameren Missouri unveils revised Lake of the Ozarks boundaries (01/04/12)
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- Ameren Missouri has unveiled a revised shoreline management plan at Lake of the Ozarks that the utility says should spare most of the 1,600 homes previously threatened for removal to comply with federal law. The utility released its proposed plan in mid-December and held a public session Tuesday night to discuss its new maps. ...
SNAP leader vows to fight records disclosure order (01/04/12)
ST. LOUIS -- An advocacy group for clergy abuse victims will fight a court order requiring it to disclose what could be years' worth of emails and other records to attorneys for a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse, a group official said Tuesday...
Romney ekes out 8-vote win over Santorum in Iowa (01/04/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, the state party chairman said early Wednesday, ringing down the curtain on an improbable first act in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall...
Federal Reserve to start regularly forecasting interest-rate changes (01/04/12)
WASHINGTON -- In a major shift, the Federal Reserve will start announcing four times a year how long it plans to keep short-term interest rates at existing levels, according to minutes from its December policy meeting. The shift marks the Fed's latest effort to make its communications with the public more open and explicit...
Website aims to bring new life to cold cases (01/04/12)
MILWAUKEE -- The corpses' faces are mostly bloated, their skin pale and discolored. One man's lips are stiffened into a grim frown and he stares with half-open eyes. Another man appears to be sleeping, his color natural enough that he almost looks alive...
Today in History (01/04/12)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2012. There are 362 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 4, 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured the city of Seoul (sohl)...
South Korea says ‘new era' possible for Koreas (01/04/12)
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's president is urging rival North Korea to use the transition of leadership after Kim Jong Il's death to usher in a new era of peace on the tense Korean peninsula, even as he warned the North against any provocations...
Taliban to open Qatar office for talks with U.S. (01/04/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban announced Tuesday that they will open an office in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar to hold talks with the United States, an unprecedented step toward a peace process that might lead to a winding down of the 10-year war in Afghanistan...
Body found near Queen Elizabeth's country estate (01/04/12)
LONDON -- A murder mystery with elements of an Agatha Christie whodunit is unfolding at the vast country estate where Queen Elizabeth II and her family gathered to celebrate Christmas and New Year's. British police said a young woman's body was found in the forest at Sandringham and that they are treating it as a murder case...
Egyptians vote in third, final round of parliamentary election (01/04/12)
CAIRO -- Egyptians voted Tuesday in the final round of elections likely to seal the domination by Islamists over the country's new parliament as secular activists grew increasingly worried over the possibility of an alliance between the powerful Muslim Brotherhood and the ruling military...
Iran warns U.S. carrier: Don't come back to Gulf (01/04/12)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's army chief on Tuesday warned an American aircraft carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf in Tehran's latest tough rhetoric over the strategic waterway, part of a feud with the United States over new sanctions that has sparked a jump in oil prices...
High school roundup: Top seeds advance at Delta girls basketball tourney (01/04/12)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Missouri crushes Oklahoma to improve to 14-0 (01/04/12)
The unbeaten Tigers opened Big 12 play with an 87-49 rout of Oklahoma
Hoyas are getting noticed by national media (01/04/12)
Georgetown has climbed to No. 9 in the latest AP poll with help from Otto Porter
Dolphins bring in Fisher for visit (01/04/12)
The former Titans coach reportedly will speak with the Rams later this week
Blues claim 4-1 victory against Coyotes (01/04/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Jaroslav Halak is back on track. The St. Louis goalie made a season-high 34 saves, and the Blues snapped a season-worst, three-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. The Blues improved to 15-3-2 at home with their seventh win there in eight games. They are tied with Detroit for the most home wins in the NHL...
Get an early start in planting (01/04/12)
It's the first week in January. If you're a pessimist, you are thinking the season of cold winter weather is upon us. On the other hand, if you are an optimistic gardener, you are thinking that planting season is only six weeks away. All gardeners in the Heartland know that the official planting season begins on Valentine's Day, the traditional time to plant lettuce seed...
Southeast Missouri Food Bank to benefit from cookbook sales (01/04/12)
The Bank of Missouri has a new cookbook for sale and all proceeds will benefit the Southeast Missouri Food Bank. The book is to commemorate the bank's 120th anniversary and to celebrate 120 years of family traditions. This is a very nice spiral-bound book with 238 pages of recipes in 10 categories. There is a nice variety of recipes from familiar favorites to new and interesting recipes to spark your curiosity. The book is available at many Bank of Missouri locations...
Singers Franklin, Tyler announce engagements (01/04/12)
NEW YORK -- Aretha Franklin has announced her engagement to longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson, and Steven Tyler has announced his engagement to Erin Brady. Franklin said Monday that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Fla. The Queen of Soul wants to follow the ceremony with a reception on a private yacht...
Martha Gross (01/04/12)
Martha LaVerne Gross, 81, of Jackson died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 30, 1930, in Cape Girardeau County, to Chester and Martha Ahrens Matthews. She and Robert W. Gross were married July 28, 1950, at Gordonville. He preceded her in death March 25, 2002...
Jean Halbin (01/04/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jean Katherine Halbin, 89, of Anna died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Union County Nursing Home in Anna. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Anna City Cemetery, with Bill Littrell officiating. Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements...
Dorothy Martin (01/04/12)
ANNA, Ill. — Dorothy L. Martin, 82, of Anna died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at her home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Mitch Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery.
Danny Holdman (01/04/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Danny J. Holdman, 67, of Anna died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. Emergency services will hold a walk through and salute at 6 p.m...
Joan Bauwens (01/04/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Joan M. Bauwens, 75, of Perryville died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 to 9:20 a.m. Thursday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. A Catholic wake will be held at 5:30 p.m. today, and the rosary will be recited at 8:15 a.m. Thursday...
Birdie McVeety (01/04/12)
Birdie Mae McBride McVeety, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Williams and Lord Funeral Home in Greenwood, Miss., with the Rev. Ricky Reece officiating. Burial will be in Seneasha Cemetery in Goodman, Miss...
Julius Whittaker (01/04/12)
Julius Charles "J.C." Whittaker, 87, of Jackson died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Crawfordsville, Ind. A Masonic service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, followed by visitation until time of service...
Earl Blackwell (01/04/12)
Earl Thomas Blackwell, 89, of Jackson died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Monticello House. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. A service will be held at a later date. McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.
Bruxie Norman (01/04/12)
Bruxie L. Norman, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 15, 1922, in Rutherford, Tenn., to Roy and Estelle Chappius Glisson. She and Lee Norman were married Sept. 20, 1945, in Tulsa, Okla. He preceded her in 1988...
Alene Barlow (01/04/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Alene Barlow, 85, of Chaffee, formerly of Delta, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 21, 1926, in Advance, Mo., to the late John William and Lillie Mae Marrow Randles. She married the Rev. Russell Barlow Aug. 25, 1945. He preceded her in death Dec. 20, 1985...
William Craig (01/04/12)
William Albert "Bill" Craig, 70, of Gordonville died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 12, 1941, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late James Leon and Lilly Craig. He and Charlotte Boyce of Sikeston, Mo., were married Aug. 24, 1969...
Ruby Warren (01/04/12)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Ruby Pankey Warren, 91, of Ullin, formerly of Tamms, Ill., died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at her home. She was born Nov. 2, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of the Rev. R.H. and Esther Ninswonger Pankey. She married Everett S. Warren on Aug. 7, 1937. He preceded her in death Oct. 24, 2001...
Mae Sitze (01/04/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mae Marie Sitze, 95, of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of Marble Hill, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1916, daughter of Bennett Arthur and Carrie Etta Mouser Cobb near Glenallen, Mo. She and Wilson Edward Sitze were married Sept. 28, 1935, in Marble Hill. He passed away March 16, 1997...
Hope Elliott (01/04/12)
HUNTSVILLE, Ark. -- Hope Darlene Elliott, 72, of Huntsville died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Granby House in Granby, Mo. She was born Nov. 6, 1939, at Illmo, daughter of Gilbert Leo and Ruby Elizabeth Will Blattel. She attended Huntsville Free Will Baptist Church. She was the widow of Troy Walter Elliott, whom she married Oct. 28, 1961, at Doniphan, Mo. He preceded her in death April 13, 1994...
Raymond Goodson Jr. (01/04/12)
Raymond F. "R.F." Goodson Jr., 84, of Jackson passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 6, 1927, in Carrollton, Mo., to Raymond F. and Frances M. Buster Goodson Sr. He and Evelyn Marie Pittenger were married June 15, 1946...
Effie Bagbey (01/04/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Effie I. Bagbey, 80, of Mounds passed away at 5:54 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Effie was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Mounds, daughter of the late James Cobbs and Victoria Bishop. Effie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mounds, a lifelong member of the Egyptian Country Club and was a five-time Women's Golf Champion. She was a former owner of the Flower Center in Cairo, Ill., for several years...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/4/12 (01/04/12)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Thefts Burglary Property damage...
Out of the past 1/4/12 (01/04/12)
The Rev. Chandler Crawford is guest celebrant and preacher at the service of Holy Communion in the morning at Christ Episcopal Church; he is a retired priest from the Mineral Area Episcopal Ministry. McDonald's Concrete Co., which is observing its 40th anniversary this year, is expanding its operations at 55 N. Broadview St.; the company is putting in a new "batch" plant, which will more than double its production capacity...
An explanation on annexation in Jackson (01/04/12)
In order to give you the history surrounding the friendly annexation of approximately 238 acres of property owned by Heartland Materials and the Hoffmeister family into the city of Jackson, I have to go back to the city's previous comprehensive plan from December 1998...
All GOP candidates are better than Obama (01/04/12)
As elections go, this year's presidential election has the promise of being a true barnburner. But that is only stating the obvious. Iowa is now history with New Hampshire and South Carolina close behind. The focus, of course, is clearly on the GOP side of the ledger since the Democratic Party's candidate is a foregone conclusion...
Election season (01/04/12)
It's an election year. Though campaigning, particularly in the Republican presidential primary, started months ago, the start of the new year means campaigns at all levels of government will soon be in high gear. Redistricting has played a major role in this election cycle. ...
Speak Out 1/4/12 (01/04/12)
REGARDING a comment about the postal service and a person mailing a package for two-day delivery to Memphis which arrived six days later and another one to Columbia: They need to keep in mind that the last two weeks are the two busiest weeks of the year for the postal service, and in Cape Girardeau they are short handed working the mail. ...
Prayer 1/4/12 (01/04/12)
O Lord Jesus, may we live self-controlled, upright and godly lives for your glory. Amen.
Ride of the Week submission (01/04/12)
Make and model: MINNEAPOLOUS MOLINE PULLING TRACTOR Owner(s): MARK FOESTE Owner's hometown: EGYPT MILLS Mark treats his tractor like his baby! He keeps winning pulls!!! My car's name: The Beer Wagon Love of competition!...
Ride of the Week submission (01/04/12)
Make and model: 1972 Superior High-Top ambulance on a Cadillac chassis Owner(s): Jim Staruk Owner's hometown: Worcester, MA Until 1980, emergency ambulances were commonly built on customized luxury cars. As a member of the Professional Car Society, we preserve and restore these emergency vehicles to maintain their role in the history of EMS...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (01/04/12)
Smokey is 3 years old. He is neutered and declawed. Smokey is available for adoption at The Humane Society 334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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