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Stories from Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Jackson chamber announces winners of decoration contest (12/14/05)
Jackson's Chamber of Commerce is recognizing residents who have gone above and beyond decorating their homes for Christmas. "Lights of the Season" awards were presented Tuesday night. Homes from each ward in Jackson were nominated for the best holiday lighting, and winners were chosen by the chamber's beautification committee. Awards for the best decorated trees and streets were also announced...
Cape woman charged with assaulting two officers (12/14/05)
A Cape Girardeau woman was arrested on Sunday after allegedly scratching the face of one police officer and attempting to bite another. Marsha V. Hinson, 41, of 45 S. West End Blvd., Apt. 105, was charged Monday by Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor Morley Swingle with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and one count each of domestic assault, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance...
The land down under (12/14/05)
PERRY COUNTY, Mo. -- Thousands of sinkholes riddle the Perry County landscape. The natural formations range in appearance from shallow divots in the ground to dry creek beds, from small cliffs to miniature ravines and from excavated holes to sunken hillsides the size of a football field...
Four football players charged (12/14/05)
Four Southeast Missouri State University football players were charged with assault Tuesday for an ambush beating of two Southeast students at a fraternity party. Circuit Judge William Syler set bonds at $5,000 for each player charged. Three of the players face two counts each of misdemeanor assault, while the fourth player faces a single misdemeanor count...
Whooping cough reported in area (12/14/05)
Pertussis is making a comeback as adolescents are outgrowing the vaccine they received as infants. It starts with flu-like symptoms, a runny nose and a general feeling of tiredness and fever. But it does not go away and can soon morph into deep coughing spasms that can persist for more than two months and severely debilitate the person unlucky enough to catch it...
Blanchard gift shop encourages good behavior (12/14/05)
Teachers at Blanchard Elementary are using their Holiday Gift Shop as a way to reinforce the importance of good deeds. In order for students to buy gifts at the store, they must fill a card with 12 punches, one for each deed. Students can earn up to three cards and can spend two at the store and use the third as an entry into a raffle for prizes for each grade...
Two girls in gifted program need something to challenge their minds (12/14/05)
XF¬S7dhristine's daughter died of a brain aneurysm in 1998; since then, she has been struggling to raise her two grandchildren. She works nights as a CNA and finds it hard to find money for child care for two children, rent, food and transportation. ...
Cape to look at overall blueprint for growth (12/14/05)
Cape Girardeau city officials plan to develop a new comprehensive plan to provide a road map for future development. The city plans to hire a consulting firm next spring to help draw up the plan and will advertise for contract proposals in the hope of beginning the planning process itself by May or June...
No one challenges Jackson incumbents (12/14/05)
Jackson's Board of Aldermen and Board of Education incumbents received no competition on the first day of filing Tuesday. Every incumbent filed by the end of the day, Jackson city clerk Mary Lowry said...
Region/state digest 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
Maintenance to close part of Route W today A section of Route W two miles south of Highway 177 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crews will replace a drainage pipe under the road...
Club news 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
Tilsit 4-H Club; Town & Country FCE; Xi Nu Phi; American Legion Post 158
Taum Sauk Reservoir fails (12/14/05)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- The stone retaining wall around a huge mountaintop reservoir in the Ozarks collapsed before daybreak Wednesday, releasing a billion-gallon torrent of water that swept away at least two homes and several vehicles and critically injured three children, authorities said...
State regulators amend cold-weather rule (12/14/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State regulators on Tuesday made it a little easier for some Missourians to keep their homes warmer this winter by strengthening the safeguards in place for natural gas customers. The action by the Missouri Public Service Commission was prompted by record high natural gas prices, which have caused more Missourians than last year to request help paying their heating bills...
Ex-husband of auditor found slain (12/14/05)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A man found shot to death on a city street was identified Tuesday as David Exposito, former husband of Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill. McCaskill's office confirmed that the slain man was the auditor's former husband, father of her three children...
Nation briefs 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
President of American Red Cross resigns NEW YORK -- American Red Cross president Marsha J. Evans, who oversaw the charity's vast and sometimes criticized response to Hurricane Katrina, is resigning effective at the end of this month because of friction with her board of governors, the organization said Tuesday. ...
Business digest 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
Fed campaign to raise rates winding down WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve lifted interest rates to the highest level in 4 1/2 years Tuesday but also indicated its 18-month rate-raising campaign was winding down. At least one more increase in borrowing costs seemed in store to keep inflation under control. ...
Bush urges seniors to sign up for Medicare drug benefit (12/14/05)
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- President Bush, saying he recognized that the Medicare prescription drug plan might seem perplexing to some, urged seniors Tuesday to sign up for the program, which begins Jan. 1. "It's a good deal," he said. During a brief visit to Greenspring Village Retirement Community, just outside Washington, Bush emphasized that the plan is optional and that there are people who can help explain the choices offered by the program. ...
New Mexico, British company agree to build spaceport (12/14/05)
LONDON -- Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport. Virgin Galactic also revealed that up to 38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat on one of its manned commercial flights, including a core group of 100 "founders" who have paid the initial $200,000 cost of a flight upfront. ...
Lawmakers back bill after money added for rural health care (12/14/05)
From staff and wire reports WASHINGTON -- Rural lawmakers from Kansas and Missouri said Tuesday they would support a major spending bill after negotiators added more than $90 million to fund rural health care programs. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., were part of a group of Republicans that helped defeat an earlier version of the bill last month...
Iraqis go to polling stations in 15 nations (12/14/05)
AMMAN, Jordan -- Iraqi expatriates voting Tuesday for a parliament in their homeland said they want stability and an end to the violence in Iraq. But the voters -- in 15 countries around the world -- were as divided on how to get there as as their communities are back home...
Bulldogs remain unbeaten (12/14/05)
The Notre Dame boys basketball team outscored visiting New Madrid by 17 points in the second quarter as it stayed unbeaten Tuesday night with a 55-41 victory. Notre Dame (5-0) trailed 17-10 at the close of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 24-7 in the second quarter for a 34-14 halftime lead. Notre Dame held a 21-17 scoring advantage in the second half...
Bobcats taste first loss in Chaffee title game (12/14/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Delta's first loss of the girls basketball season was a heartbreaker, but one the Bobcats hope will pay dividends down the road. Delta, a Class 1 school riding a string of five appearances in the state playoffs, lost 46-44 to Sikeston, a Class 4 school, on Tuesday night in the championship game of the 29th annual Lady Devils Invitational in Chaffee...
Area digest Dec14 (12/14/05)
Heartland Officials will meet Sunday The Heartland Officials Association will have their December meeting 5 p.m. on Sunday in Room 107 of the Student Recreation Center at Southeast Missouri State. The meeting will include Part II of the basketball exam and the three-man mechanics exam...
M-I-Z … Where-are-U? (12/14/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri men's basketball yearbook pulls no rhetorical punches in describing the nearly new Mizzou Arena, calling it the nation's "No. 1 on-campus arena" and a "home court unrivaled in college basketball." But after sputtering through a disappointing 16-17 season last year and struggling in the early season this year, Tiger fans are staying away from the hoops palace in droves...
Blues rookie goalie Sanford nets shutout in victory over Penguins (12/14/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Curtis Sanford and Keith Tkachuk downplayed their individual accomplishments for the St. Louis Blues. Sanford made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Tkachuk, Jamal Mayers and Doug Weight scored goals in a 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night...
Tice able to right Vikings' love boat (12/14/05)
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a 38-13 loss at Carolina in which star quarterback Daunte Culpepper suffered a season-ending knee injury, the Vikings were 2-5 and seemed better candidates for the Reggie Bush sweepstakes than the playoffs. They were a mess on and off the field, from coach Mike Tice's ticket scalping to Onterrio Smith's Whizzinator to the now infamous boat party on Lake Minnetonka making them a target of police and late night talk show hosts...
Stewart to play himself this time at midget race (12/14/05)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Stewart will drive a midget car again, and won't try to fool anybody. The two-time NASCAR champion will drive in a pair of U.S. Auto Club indoor midget car races at Fort Wayne, where he won a 60-lap feature a year ago under an assumed name in an old junker he bought during a poker game the night before...
Heat victorious in Riley's return to the sideline (12/14/05)
CHICAGO -- Everything about Pat Riley's return to the sideline looked familiar: whistling at his players through a curled tongue, stalking the sideline in French cuffs and slicked back hair. And relying on his All-Star big man to win the game. Riley's second tenure as Miami Heat coach got off to a successful start Tuesday, getting 30 points from Shaquille O'Neal in a 100-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls...
Kicking in the ice age (12/14/05)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The practice of calling a timeout late in a game to try to "ice" an opposing kicker has probably been around for as long as the forward pass or the tailgate party. To hear kickers tell it, it's also not particularly effective...
Young beats out Leinart on AP first team (12/14/05)
Vince Young can claim at least one victory over Southern California this season. The Texas quarterback was selected to The Associated Press All-America team released Tuesday, relegating USC's Matt Leinart to second-team. Young was runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting to Trojans tailback Reggie Bush and was one of four Longhorns on the first team. Bush was one of three All-Americans from top-ranked USC and a unanimous first-team selection...
Sports briefs 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
Basketball; Colleges; Football; Tennis; Track
A taste of the holidays baked into cookies (12/14/05)
I baked several cookies last week for our church's annual cookie sale and it really got me in the mood for more baking. I pulled a cookbook off of my shelf, started thumbing through it and found these recipes that I had marked from making them in previous years. I hope you can find the time to try them this Christmas...
Oh, Christmas tree! (12/14/05)
One of my early recollections of a Christmas tree was a balsam fir that my uncle bought at a Christmas tree lot in Kansas City. It was the Charlie Brown type, a straight 6-foot trunk with about 10 branches on it. I'm sure that even with lights, ornaments and tinsel, to an adult it looked pretty sparse. But at the age of eight, I thought the tree looked "wow." Besides, there were presents under the tree with my name on them...
Rev. James Graham (12/14/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Rev. James P. Graham, 94, of Perryville died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at St. Mary's of the Barrens Healthcare. He was born July 16, 1911, in Kansas City, Kan., son of James P. and Eva Burgard Graham. Graham was ordained May 30, 1937, at St., Mary's of the Barrens. He received a master's degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1942...
Violet Bock (12/14/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Violet Kennedy Bock, 87, of Advance died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at her home. She was born April 18, 1918, in Perkins, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Mary Lawson Kennedy. She married Leslie Noble on Oct. 8, 1938. in Bollinger County. He preceded her in death in December 1976. She later married Linus Bock April 27, 1987. He preceded her in death Nov. 13, 2001...
Shirley Lueders (12/14/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo.-- Shirley Kay Lueders, 59, of Perryville died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born June 10, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Edgar H. and Marie L. Canter Lueders. Lueders was a cook. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 4282...
Ruby McKenzie (12/14/05)
Ruby Kathryn Rogers Lincoln McKenzie, 87, of Eldon, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at Eldon Nursing and Rehab. She was born Aug. 9, 1918, in Moscow, Ky., daughter of the Rev. J.L. and Mary Rogers. She and Claude C. Lincoln were married March 9, 1937. He preceded her in death in February 1975. She and William B. McKenzie were married Jan. 19, 1976. He preceded her in death in March 1990...
Doretta Brown (12/14/05)
Doretta Florence Hosea Brown, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Dec. 4, 1914, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of Leo and Josephine Hoefler Tucker. She and Claud Henry Hosea were married Feb. 8, 1932, in Jackson. He died Sept. 4, 1959. She later married Robert E. Brown, who preceded her in death...
Donnie McCommons (12/14/05)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Donnie McCommons, 63, of Dongola died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at his home. He was born Nov. 22, 1942, in Anna, Ill., son of Ira J. and Betty June Hileman McCommons. He is survived by two sons, Bruce McCommons of Jonesboro, Ill., Scott McCommons of Anna; two daughters, Johnna Johnson of Doniphan, Mo., Mandy Kahl of Jonesboro; her parents, Ira "Jod" and Betty June McCommons of Dongola; a brother, Joe McCommons of Dongola; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter...
Anna Richardson (12/14/05)
Anna Louise Richardson, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born June 10, 1911, in St. Louis, daughter of Carl and Elizabeth Moll Macherhammer. She and Alvin Lee Richardson were married in 1935 in St. Louis. He preceded her in death Jan. 29, 1963...
Births 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
Thompson; Proctor; Bain; Miller; Hanlon
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
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Out of the past 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
25 years ago: Dec. 14, 1980 More than 400 degree candidates at Southeast Missouri State University are told that hard work is still the only way to succeed in life; E.V. Hellyar, an executive with Monsanto Co. in St. Louis, delivers the commencement address to the 433 graduate and undergraduate students at commencement exercises held in Houck Field House...
Changing the charter (12/14/05)
Three amendments to the city charter will be on the ballot when Cape Girardeau voters go to the polls April 4. The amendments would allow the city council to fill its own vacancies by appointment until the next special or regular election, would allow the city to raise certain user fees without the approval of voters, and would eliminate the city's ethics commission...
Urge Emerson to vote no on spending (12/14/05)
To the editor: Prior to Thanksgiving, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson voted to cut services like Medicaid, food stamps and student loan subsidies for working families and to prioritize President Bush's plan to finance tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans...
Stop the government spying (12/14/05)
To the editor: Here are portions of a letter to Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon: We need your help for citizens who do not approve of state (and federal) spying on us. You can make great strides toward the governorship if you will again stand your ground against such Gestapo-type tactics as is now being implemented by the Missouri Department of Transportation in its contracting out the GPS tracking of cell phones ostensibly for the purpose of monitoring traffic patterns...
Loudon goes too far on juveniles (12/14/05)
To the editor: State Sen. John Loudon's bill making it easier to send juvenile offenders to adult courts for some crimes is a step back in time. Missouri has a juvenile program that is used as a stellar example of what juvenile justice could be in other states. Many legislators and juvenile officials have traveled to Missouri to see how it's done right. Please don't allow this bill to be passed. Children are never adults...
Speak Out 12/14/05 (12/14/05)
Signals are needed; Public discipline; Extreme tactics; Foreign service; Not enough room; Thanks for the help; Wedding music
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