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Cape woman to appear on missing persons TV show (01/07/13)
A Cape Girardeau native attending the University of Wyoming will be featured on an episode of "Disappeared," scheduled to air at 8 p.m. today on Identification Discovery, or "I.D." channel. Hanna Sprigg, 23, a senior pursuing her bachelor of fine arts degree, will portray Amy Bechtel, a Wyoming resident who disappeared in 1997 and is presumed dead...
Priests react to abuse allegations against long-dead counterpart (01/07/13)
They profess the same faith, recite the same prayers and, in many ways, live largely the same sort of lives that he did. Still, when the Revs. Randy Tochtrop and John Harth learned that Father Walter C. Craig, a long-dead priest who came before them at each of their Southeast Missouri parishes, had been newly accused of abusing a child, they tried to channel some empathy for both accuser and accused...
Great Blessing of the Waters on Sunday in Cape (01/07/13)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com ABOVE: The Rev. Daniel Morton of St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church leads a procession with Nikolaos Demopoulos, left, and Astraia Demopoulos to the Mississippi River for the Great Blessing of Waters on Sunday in Cape Girardeau. ...
Work to begin Tuesday on Perry Avenue in Cape (01/07/13)
The Cape Girardeau Public Works Department on Tuesday will start road work on Perry Avenue from Broadway to Mississippi Street. Work will consist of concrete slab repair and replacement, and will last about three weeks. While work is being done, northbound traffic will be detoured from Pemiscot Street to Mississippi Street, and run on Missouri Avenue. ...
Ellen Brandom reflects on years as state representative for 160th District (01/07/13)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mandated welfare drug testing and boosted state economic development are among accomplishments Ellen Brandom said she's most proud of during the six years she's served as state representative of the 160th District. The 70-year-old Republican from Sikeston officially will say goodbye to the Missouri House of Representatives when the new legislative session begins Wednesday...
Finalists for Cape police chief identified; all from outside Mo. (01/07/13)
Now that 55 applicants have been pared to two solid finalists -- and one maybe -- who all work outside the state, Cape Girardeau's next police chief isn't likely to come from within the ranks of the city police department, city manager Scott Meyer said Sunday...
Reported flu cases on rise in Missouri at the end of 2012 (01/07/13)
Missouri is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of reported flu cases this winter. According to a report issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services, the state had 9,842 reported flu cases during the last week of 2012. During the same period in 2011, there were 378 cases...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
Office Building 1 Barton Square Jackson 9 a.m. today Routine business Action items Appointments and possible action items...
Some Missouri districts struggle with new evaluations (01/07/13)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis school system is at risk of regaining its recently shed "unaccredited" label under a new evaluation system that promises to lead to an increase in the number of districts around Missouri rated as faltering, a newly released draft report shows...
Missouri raises bar on teacher preparation (01/07/13)
ST. LOUIS -- Before stepping into her own classroom, Allison Brown wanted to be prepared for everything that becoming a teacher would throw at her. Planning and teaching a lesson. The best way to help students who are ahead, as well as those struggling. Handling a phone call from a concerned parent. Helping those with problems outside the classroom...
Private K.C. school to start drug testing students (01/07/13)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A private, all-boys high school in Kansas City will start drug testing its students next fall, a practice school leaders believe will help students reject peer pressure to use drugs and alcohol. Rockhurst High School Principal Greg Harkness said the new policy, which was announced Thursday, came after two years of research and discussion. ...
Finder of lost, pricey ring sues owner for reward (01/07/13)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- An eastern Missouri woman who was arrested after finding a $20,000 diamond ring in a tanning salon and keeping it for nearly a month has filed suit against the owner, claiming she was cheated out of a $3,000 reward. Bonnie Land of St. Charles said she always intended to return the ring but forgot to leave it at the front desk as she left The Tan Company on May 9, then didn't know what to do when she discovered it in a jacket pocket a few weeks later...
Unusual respite from surging health care costs (01/07/13)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back. The nation's health care tab stood at $2.7 trillion in 2011, the latest year available, said nonpartisan number crunchers with the Department of Health and Human Services. ...
Some push secret lottery wins, but not lotteries (01/07/13)
PHOENIX -- When two winning tickets for a record $588 million Powerball jackpot were claimed from the Nov. 28 drawing, the world focused on the winners. A Missouri couple appeared at a news conference and held up the traditional giant-sized check. The Arizona winner, however, skipped the news conference where lottery officials announced last month that someone had claimed the second half of the prize...
U.S. job market shrugs off fears of 'fiscal cliff' (01/07/13)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. job market showed resilience in a series of reports Thursday and Friday, suggesting it may able to withstand a looming federal budget battle that threatens more economic uncertainty. A survey showed private hiring increased last month, while layoffs declined and applications for unemployment benefits stayed near a four-year low. The data led some economists to raise forecasts for December job growth before the government releases its closely watched employment report...
Hearing may be 'mini-trial' in Colo. theater shootings (01/07/13)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The suspect in the Colorado movie theater killings returns to court this week for a hearing that might be the closest thing to a trial the victims and their families will see. James Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 by opening fire in a darkened theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora last July...
Sources: President Obama to nominate former senator Hagel as Pentagon chief (01/07/13)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he's ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel's stands on Israel and Iran...
No movement: Lawmakers dig in their heels on debt crisis (01/07/13)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders Sunday showed no signs of emerging from their corners to resolve the next step in the financial crisis, with Democrats still talking about higher taxes on the wealthy and the Senate's top Republican suggesting that a crippling default on U.S. loans was possible unless there were significant cuts in government spending...
Analysis: U.S. irked by Google chief's North Korea plans (01/07/13)
WASHINGTON -- Google chief Eric Schmidt's plan to visit North Korea has put the Obama administration in the awkward position of opposing a champion of Internet freedom who has decided to engage with one of the most intensely censored countries...
Today in History (01/07/13)
Today is Monday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2013. There are 358 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 1973, sniper Mark Essex laid siege at a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge in downtown New Orleans for about 10 hours, killing seven people before he himself was slain by sharpshooters...
Defiant Assad pledges to continue fighting (01/07/13)
BEIRUT -- A defiant Syrian President Bashar Assad rallied a chanting and cheering crowd Sunday to fight the uprising against his authoritarian rule, dismissing any chance of dialogue with "murderous criminals" that he blames for nearly two years of violence that has left 60,000 dead...
Pakistan-India border clash leaves 1 dead (01/07/13)
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan and India on Sunday traded accusations of violating the cease-fire in the disputed northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of a cross-border raid that killed one of its soldiers, and India charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side...
Nelson Mandela recovers from surgery (01/07/13)
JOHANNESBURG -- South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has recovered from his recent lung infection and a surgical procedure to remove gallstones, according to an announcement Sunday by President Jacob Zuma. Doctors say that Mandela, 94, has made "steady progress and that clinically, he continues to improve," according to a statement issued by Zuma's office. Mandela was hospitalized for nearly three weeks in December before going home on Dec. 26...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team tries to build win streak (01/07/13)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team, fresh off its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season, will look to make it two straight today. Southeast continues its three-game homestand when Murray State visits for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff...
Redhawks showed fight in losing Round 1 to Racers (01/07/13)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team is off to its best start under fourth-year coach Dickey Nutt, who has done an impressive job of reviving a dormant program. It will be a surprise to many if the Redhawks don't finish at least second in the Ohio Valley Conference West Division, which is where they were picked before the season...
Tips on starting your genealogy journey (01/07/13)
Genealogy research, the study of the descent of a person's ancestors, has become a popular subject to study. But, where do you begin? "Learn as much as you can about yourself," says Bill Eddleman, president of the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society. "Research birth certificates and marriage licenses of family members and interview older family members. People tend to put off doing this and then the family member is no longer with them and that information is lost."...
Retiree, Vietnam veteran James Baylor returns to college for his degree (01/07/13)
When 65-year-old James Baylor retired from the City of Cape Girardeau's wastewater plant in July, he didn't choose to live the life of a leisurely retiree. Instead, he returned to college at Southeast Missouri State University, where he had first attended more than 40 years ago...
Some popular tourist spots are better to visit when it's cold at home (01/07/13)
Birds have it right. When winter blows in with colder temperatures, snow and ice, our feathered friends head south to sunnier climes. We talked to local travel agencies about the best destinations for the winter. Many of them may be too hot and humid (really, don't we get enough of that here?) to visit in the summer, but are just right for January and February travel...
Group fitness classes combine fun with senior-friendly exercises (01/07/13)
Sticking to an exercise routine is tough, but it's a little easier when you exercise with a group -- especially when classmates notice when you've missed a class. Cape Girardeau has a number of senior-friendly group exercise classes, where the social aspect is almost as important as the physical exercise...
Financial habits to adopt this year (01/07/13)
It's never too late to change your financial habits for the better. Here are eight things to keep in mind for 2013 and beyond: 1Meet with your financial adviser each year for a thorough review of your investments. "Though we recommend always investing for the long term, it's important to address mistakes quickly," notes Cheryl Mothes, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Jackson. ...
Marlene Lindman has been collecting jewelry and giving it new life for more than 40 years (01/07/13)
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but the sparkle of a vintage rhinestone brooch is what really speaks to Marlene Lindman. When Lindman was a child, all of her aunts on her dad's side of the family had Styrofoam Christmas tree forms bedecked in brooches, beads and other jewelry box treasures. She distinctly remembers admiring the glint of the votive candles on the jewelry tree at her Aunt Ruth's house, and from then on, says Lindman, "I was just sucked into vintage jewelry."...
The nominees are... A look at some of the films that could win gold this award season (01/07/13)
The Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild announced nominees for their awards in December. They're often indicators of who will be on the list for Academy Award nominations, which will be announced Jan. 10. Here's a look at the Globes' 10 best picture nominees, so you can get caught up with voters before the awards are handed out...
TBY movie of the month: "Quartet" (01/07/13)
January isn't known for highbrow movie releases. Most of this month's offerings fall into the horror or action genres. "Quartet" is the exception, and its light comedy may be just what the doctor ordered for a post-holidays slump. The film is Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, and he's stacked the deck with a who's who of British including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Billy Connolly. ...
Tips for spending quality time with your grandchildren (01/07/13)
So you've got the grandkids for the day, but you can't get them to put down the iPhone or step away from the video game. Today's kids are often so plugged into their technology, it takes extra effort to engage their attention. So, we've put together some ideas for making the most of your time with them:...
Michael J. Fox to star in new NBC show (01/07/13)
PASADENA, Calif. -- On his upcoming NBC comedy, Michael J. Fox will play a newscaster who had quit his job because of Parkinson's Disease but returns to work in the show's first episode because a new medical regimen has helped him control many of the disease's symptoms...
A long journey for this outsider now reporting in (01/07/13)
Hello. My name is Shay, and I will be your business editor here at the Southeast Missourian. Let me try to explain how that happened. In 1986, I needed some money. Jobs for a 15 year-old in my small North Carolina town were few, and I had little hope that my reply to an ad in the local paper for a sports reporter and photographer would get noticed. I must have overestimated the allure of the $25 per week salary, because I got the gig...
People on the Move 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
Nathan Stephens was named assistant to the president for equity and diversity issues at Southeast Missouri State University. His responsibilities include helping the university appreciate diversity, tolerance and respect for the rights of all people. ...
Watson Hester (01/07/13)
Watson H. Hester, 70, of Delta passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the family home. He was born June 8, 1942, in Delta to the late Watson Russell and Immogene Sanford Hester. Watson married Velma Glency Oct. 6, 1967, and she survives. He was a member of the Arbor General Baptist Church and the Delta Coffee Shop. ...
Howard Huffman (01/07/13)
Howard C. "Snap" Huffman, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Jan. 18, 1925, in Grand Tower, Ill., to Albert and Grace Chaney Huffman. He and Annie E. Thompson were married Dec. 13, 1947, at Greenville, Miss. ...
Phyllis Riegert (01/07/13)
Phyllis J. Riegert, 71 of Delta passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the family home. She was born April 23, 1941, in Delta to the late Robert Leonard and Orpha Mary Dysinger Brown Sr. Phyllis worked as a machine operator at Florsheim Shoe Factory in Chaffee, Mo. She retired as a caregiver at Regency Management in Cape Girardeau. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Delta. She married Louis Riegert in 1963, and he preceded her in death June 4, 1980...
Births 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
Son to Jason Harold and Ginger Marie Dailey of Sedgewickville, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 11:11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Name, Jensen Jay. Weight, 10 pounds, 3 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Dailey is the former Ginger Hendrix, daughter of Troy and Kay Hendrix of Sedgewickville. She is an RCM at Acosta Sales and Marketing. Dailey is the son of Jeannie Putney of Dexter, Mo., and the late Roland "Bud" Dailey. He is unit manager at Acosta...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police reports 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Summons Property damage Thefts...
Out of the past 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
Girardeans who went to bed last night expecting to wake up to heavy snow are pleasantly surprised; instead of 8 inches, only a little more than an inch of snow fell on the city. Campaigning for the election planned by the Cape Girardeau School District is already gearing up nearly six months before voters go to the polls; unlike the last two low-key campaigns to pass a 48-cent referendum, this effort will strive to inform every voter of the issues...
Christopher Limbaugh (01/07/13)
The top law enforcement official in Cape Girardeau County carries a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. Christopher Limbaugh, a Republican, was appointed recently to the prosecuting attorney post by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Limbaugh, who received bipartisan support, has a tough task ahead of him...
Speak Out 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
Missouri will not become a right-to-work state because we have a Democrat governor controlled by the unions. Michigan and Indiana have passed it, and now jobs and businesses are flocking to those states. We need right-to-work in Missouri. I am hearing more about Obamacare that frightens me to death. Anybody who thinks Obama is for the common people are crazy as dirt...
Prayer 1/7/13 (01/07/13)
O Father God, may we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you. Amen.
Get a Jump Start on the New Year (01/07/13)
The average person gains about 1 pound over the holiday season. That may be less than you might expect, but is still concerning if that weight is never lost. By middle age, a pound a year really adds up. So it's important to take action as soon as possible to drop that holiday weight. ...
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