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SEMO cancels classes at Sikeston (01/15/13)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State University announced in a news release today that its Sikeston campus will close early due to inclement weather. The campus will close at 5 p.m. today.
Kelly school board puts bond issue on April ballot (01/15/13)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County R-IV School Board at Thursday's meeting unanimously approved placing a $3 million bond issue on the April 2 ballot. "This proposal will help every student in the district, from kindergarten to high school seniors," said Don Moore, district superintendent. Moore, who recently announced his retirement at the end of this school year, said being straightforward and honest with the public regarding the bond issue is a priority...
Two of three Birds Point levee crevasses rebuilt (01/15/13)
Twenty months after the Birds Point levee was breached, two of the three crevasses created have been restored to the levee's original height. When floodwaters at Cairo, Ill., reached 61 feet and were still rising in May 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives at three points along the levee, following an emergency plan created after the flood of 1927. ...
Cape Girardeau County 2013 budget approved (01/15/13)
Forgoing any unanticipated drop in collection of sales tax or other revenue, Cape Girardeau County will be working with a budget picture in 2013 similar to the one seen in 2012. The county commission, including presiding commissioner Clint Tracy and associate commissioners Paul Koeper and Charlie Herbst, unaminously approved the county's budget for general revenue and road and bridge funds at its Monday meeting...
Going with the flow: Rain and removal of rock formations have kept river traffic moving (01/15/13)
Rising river levels as a result of torrential rain and completion of the first phase of efforts to remove rock formations near Thebes, Ill., are allaying fears that recent low water levels might bring navigation on the Mississippi to a standstill. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday reported the river level at Cape Girardeau at 13.7 feet, an approximate two-foot increase since Sunday. At Thebes, the level is just above 13 feet after rising about 2.5 feet during the previous 24 hours...
Fruitland residents again seek incorporation as city (01/15/13)
Fruitland residents Monday returned to the chambers of the Cape Girardeau County Commission, a new petition in hand. Questions have been answered, they said, and requests of commissioners filled. The residents have high hopes their appeal will be heard this time around -- although what they ask for is a bit different, and much opposition remains...
Storytelling event to be held Friday at River Campus (01/15/13)
The first installment of three planned storytelling events this year, "An Evening with Donald Davis and Delores Hydock," will be presented Friday at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. "It's going to be a joy to have Donald and Delores as our storytellers for the occasion," said Dr. Joel Rhodes, history professor at Southeast and co-producer of the event. "The stories they're going to tell will be primarily funny and just wonderful to hear."...
Man gets probation, Teen Challenge in burglary spree (01/15/13)
If Aaron Denson had been given the maximum sentence Monday, it would have taken the 21-year-old Jackson man more than six of his lifetimes to serve it. Instead of a 142-year prison term, Judge Benjamin Lewis placed Denson on five years probation for his role in the burglary spree that plagued Cape Girardeau and Jackson for nine months. Lewis also ordered, at Denson's request, that he enroll in Teen Challenge, a faith-based program for treatment of drug abuse...
Cape Girardeau man gets probation in 2011 attack (01/15/13)
Police detectives told Emannuel Ware his injuries were so severe they thought they were responding to a murder. But Ware said watching his attackers navigate the murky waters of the criminal courts has been almost as painful. Because, although the attack almost killed Ware, each of the three men who admitted they were responsible saw their charges reduced and their prison sentences shortened after prosecutors negotiated plea bargains with all three...
Mo. panel approves bill for filling vacancies (01/15/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri House committee endorsed legislation Tuesday that would establish new procedures for filling vacancies in statewide elected offices. Under the bill, governors could appoint an acting officeholder to serve as lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, auditor or U.S. senator. The office then would appear on the ballot during the next general election...
Illinois man, 2 sons die while hiking in Missouri (01/15/13)
ST. LOUIS -- On a weekend trip that was a surprise anniversary gift for his wife, an outdoors-loving Air Force veteran ventured out with two of his sons for a hike on a remote trail. Clad only in light jackets and sweaters, the three apparently didn't know how rapidly the weather would turn ugly, and that proved deadly...
Relics stolen from Missouri church returned (01/15/13)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Nine relics stolen from a Missouri Catholic parish are back with the church. The Archdiocese of St. Louis says a parishioner of Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church called the Rev. Dennis Schmidt to the back of the building Monday morning to point out a plastic bag containing the missing relics, or material remains of Catholic saints...
Deadline near for claims in mortgage settlement (01/15/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians who underwent home foreclosures from 2008 through 2011 have until Friday to submit claims under the national settlement with several mortgage lenders. Attorney General Chris Koster said the settlement applies to loans that were serviced by Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Citi or GMAC/Ally. Claimants should have received a claim form, and the document must be postmarked by Friday...
Iowa man, sister reunite thanks to boy, Facebook (01/15/13)
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- An Iowa man and his sister have reunited 65 years after being separated in foster care thanks to a 7-year-old friend's Facebook search. Clifford Boyson of Davenport met his sibling, Betty Billadeau, in person Saturday. Billadeau drove up from her home in Florissant, Mo., with her daughter and granddaughter for the reunion at a hotel in Davenport...
Funeral Saturday for Ebony Jackson (01/15/13)
ST. LOUIS -- Funeral services are Saturday for Ebony Jackson, whose body was found in the trunk of a car days after her infant son was found inside a St. Louis County apartment building. KSDK-TV reported that visitation is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Power of Change Christian Church in Cahokia, Ill., with the funeral to follow at noon...
Missouri House members re-take oath of office (01/15/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House members have taken their oaths of office for a second time because of a mix-up the first time. The 2013 session started last week, and the newly elected legislators pledged to support the "government" instead of the "constitution." House leaders decided on Monday to repeat the oath during a morning session conducted before the inaugural ceremony for statewide elected officials...
Oprah: Lance Armstrong admitted doping (01/15/13)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has finally come clean. Armstrong confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday, just a couple of hours after a wrenching apology to staff at the Livestrong charity he founded and has now been forced to surrender...
Obama: Debt limit fight imperils checks for elderly (01/15/13)
WASHINGTON -- Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending...
2012 military suicides hit record high of 349 (01/15/13)
WASHINGTON -- Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will grow worse this year. The Pentagon has struggled to deal with the suicides, which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others have called an epidemic. ...
Apple stock wilts on worries about iPhone demand, falling behind Android (01/15/13)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple's stock slipped below $500 for the first time in 11 months on Monday as investors reacted to reports signaling the company's latest iPhone is falling further behind a slew of sleek alternatives running Google's Android software...
Toyota retakes global auto sales crown from GM (01/15/13)
DETROIT -- Toyota has once again dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker. The Japanese company sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide in 2012, although it's still counting. GM sold 9.29 million. Both companies saw higher sales, but Toyota's growth was far larger as it rolled out new versions of popular models like the Camry. ...
Today in History (01/15/13)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2013. There are 350 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense). On this date:...
New cemetery endangers Egypt's ancient necropolis (01/15/13)
DAHSHOUR, Egypt -- In this more than 4,500-year-old Pharaonic necropolis, Egypt's modern rituals of the dead are starting to encroach on its ancient ones. Steamrollers flatten the desert sand, and trucks haul in bricks as villagers build rows of tombs in a new cemetery nearly up to the feet of Egypt's first pyramids and one of its oldest temples...
Oak Ridge basketball team puts away St. Vincent with strong finish (01/15/13)
OAK RIDGE, Mo. -- Defend Oak Ridge's outside shooters: check. Limit the Blue Jays' inside game: check. Slow Oak Ridge's transition game: hmm ... St. Vincent's checklist read like a blueprint for defeating the Blue Jays, but the visiting Indians failed in their final task, and Oak Ridge -- specifically Ryan Below -- made them pay...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Perryville's Colin Schirmer (01/15/13)
Schirmer closed a strong week by helping the Perryville boys basketball team to a third-place finish in the Chester Invitational on Saturday.
High school roundup: Scott City girls slip past Kelly (01/15/13)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team lands Auburn transfer (01/15/13)
Josh Langford, formerly the top prep player in Alabama, will be eligible to play for the Redhawks mid-December
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team sees streak end against TSU (01/15/13)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team's resurgent season hit a speed bump Monday night in Nashville, Tenn. Southeast had its three-game winning streak -- the program's longest since the 2008-09 campaign -- snapped with a 68-58 loss to Tennessee State...
Rams' lease goes to arbitrators (01/15/13)
ST. LOUIS -- A panel of arbitrators in St. Louis is now weighing the future of the St. Louis Rams and the Edward Jones Dome. The NFL team and the owners of the dome, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, agreed to arbitration over plans to renovate the dome. The lease agreement requires the dome to be among the top quarter of all NFL stadiums by 2015 or the Rams can break the lease, raising concern they could leave St. Louis...
Health Beat: Protect your newborn or unborn baby from infections (01/15/13)
Group B strep About a quarter of all women carry bacteria that causes group B strep infection. Group B strep bacteria are usually not harmful to you and won't make the people around you sick. But these bacteria can be very dangerous for your newborn. Babies can get very sick and even die if their mothers pass group B strep bacteria to them during childbirth...
Scramble for vaccine as flu season heats up (01/15/13)
WASHINGTON -- Missed flu-shot day at the office last fall? And all those "get vaccinated" ads? A scramble for shots is under way as latecomers seek protection from a miserable flu strain already spreading through much of the country. Federal health officials said Friday there is still some flu vaccine available and it's not too late to benefit from it. But people may have to call around to find a clinic with shots still on the shelf, or wait a few days for a new shipment...
Lung cancer scans backed for older, heavy smokers (01/15/13)
After decades of qualms about lung cancer screening, the American Cancer Society said there now is enough evidence to recommend it, but only for current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74 and after a frank talk about risks and benefits. The new guidelines, announced Friday, are a cautious but exciting step against the world's most deadly cancer, doctors who wrote the advice say...
Robin Roberts hoping to be back at ‘GMA' soon (01/15/13)
NEW YORK -- Robin Roberts' grueling road to recovery soon will be bringing her back to the "Good Morning America" anchor desk. Appearing from her home on Monday's show, Roberts wore a broad smile as she announced that her most recent bone marrow test showed no sign of the life-threatening disease that has kept her off the air for months...
Lorene Floyd (01/15/13)
Lorene Helen Floyd, 94, of Jackson, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Monticello House. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park...
Januar Peters (01/15/13)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Januarius Joseph Peters, 77, of Marble Hill passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, surrounded by family. He was born March 5, 1935, at Leopold, Mo., son of Theodore Joseph and Catharine Adele Hinkebein Peters. He and Martha Myers Ladd were married June 29, 1985, at Leopold...
Bethella Shelton (01/15/13)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Bethella West Shelton, 88, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Parkway Manor in Marion, Ill. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time today at Crain Funeral Home in Anna, Ill. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ron Thorn officiating. Burial will be in Anna Cemetery...
Births 1/15/13 (01/15/13)
Son to Brian Paul and Lindsey Marie Hadler of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:09 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Name, Layton Michael. Weight, 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Second son. Mrs. Hadler is the former Lindsey Lappe, daughter of Matthew and Glenda Marks and Rusty Lappe, all of Perryville. She is a respiratory therapist at Saint Francis. Hadler is the son of Michael and Gwendy Hadler of Perryville. He is a firefighter/paramedic with Mehlville Fire Protection District...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/15/13 (01/15/13)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assaults Burglaries Thefts Miscellaneous SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety released the following item...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/15/13 (01/15/13)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 1/15/13 (01/15/13)
Ollie Amick, who has operated funeral homes in Scott County since 1942, has filed for the 160th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives; Amick, of Scott City, is attempting to succeed Rep. Betty Hearnes of Charleston, Mo., who is running as a Democrat for governor; Amick also is a Democrat...
Food banks (01/15/13)
Throughout the Christmas season we often see canned food drives, events that help local food banks feed those struggling to make ends meet. But as we move on in the new year, it's important to remember these organizations that do much to fight hunger...
Speak out 1/15/13 (01/15/13)
We recently drove through the Cape Girardeau County Park lights tour and enjoyed the Christmas lights and displays. It was awesome, gets better every year. God bless everyone who put something up. School monitors I am 85. Many years ago in high school in St. Louis we had football players at every door and called them monitors. You would not go in or out without clearance. That was all day at school, and I felt safe...
Prayer 1/15/13 (01/15/13)
O Lord God, we seek your guidance as we go about our day. Amen.
SEMO Homebuilders Donate to Beacon Health Center (01/15/13)
Elvis has left the building. Elvis (aka Steve Davis of Mid South Revival) was here in Cape Girardeau on November 17, 2012 along with his "friends", Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline as a fundraiser sponsored by SEMO Homebuilders Association. The money raised was donated this year to Beacon Health Center for the services they provide to southeast Missouri adults and children who are victims of sexual violence...
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