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Stories from Sunday, December 24, 2006

Longtime county clerk ready for a rest (12/24/06)
Rodney Miller has seen a lot of changes in Cape Girardeau County. Since taking office as county clerk in 1979, property values in the county have risen from $182 million to almost $1 billion. The population has grown from 48,000 to 70,000. Elections once conducted with paper ballots counted by hand are now computerized. And the Democrats' domination of local offices has shifted to the Republicans...
Malfunction stops shoppers from using Schnucks gift cards (12/24/06)
A computer processing malfunction prevented shoppers from using their gift cards at Schnucks supermarket in Cape Girardeau for seven hours Saturday afternoon. Store manager Dennis Marchi said the processing problem wasn't confined to his store. Marchi said a company that processes the gift card transactions reported a nationwide malfunction to the system caused by the large volume of transactions on the last Saturday before Christmas...
Decision to buy vans splits regional security panel (12/24/06)
Two Chevrolet Suburbans, equipped with the latest in communication technology -- tools that can communicate with just about anyone, anywhere in case of a disaster. The price tag: up to $300,000 each. In the first year of the new Homeland Security "regionalization" concept in Missouri, these are the items the local Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee has recommended the majority of its $1,040,357 state allocation be spent on. ...
Family boasts three generations of Girl Scouts (12/24/06)
From sandwich creams to shortbread to fat-free indulgences, one local family boasts three generations of eager Girl Scout cookie saleswomen. Barbara Kempster of Jackson was a Girl Scout for only a year when she was in the eighth grade. Cookies sold for 50 cents a box, and the choice was limited to two flavors: chocolate sandwich cookies and Scot Teas, a shortbread cookie that later became known as Trefoils, now called Shortbread...
Illinois authorities still investigating double homicide; no charges filed (12/24/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Authorities continued Saturday to investigate a double homicide involving a Jonesboro couple. The bodies of Robert Pitts Sr., 45, and his wife, Marcia, 43, were found early Friday morning in their home at 107 North Acre Lane. Union County Sheriff David Livesay said in a written statement that police officers found the bodies at 7 a.m. after being contacted by a concerned friend. Livesay said a suspect was in custody on unrelated criminal charges...
Yale shakes up Master of Business with study abroad (12/24/06)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For one group of graduate business students at Yale, next month's lessons will take place on pineapple, banana and coffee plantations in Costa Rica. Other Master of Business Administration students are checking out investment prospects in Tanzania and what's sizzling in Singapore...
Space shuttle's landing marks the end of a successful year for NASA (12/24/06)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA began 2006 having flown only a single space shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster three years earlier. After Friday's landing of space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts, the U.S. space agency will end the year with three successful shuttle missions under its belt and the resumption of construction on the international space station...
Denver airport operates at full tilt to try to clear backlogged flights (12/24/06)
DENVER -- Denver's airport was operating at close to capacity Saturday after being snowed in for two days, but for many travelers jammed in its terminals it was not expected to be enough to rescue their hopes of joining their families for Christmas...
It's the season for snowman stabbing, Grinch snatching; police blotters full of holiday crimes (12/24/06)
NEW YORK -- There's nobody nice on this Christmas list: snowman stabbers, Grinch snatchers, wreath-robbing weasels. It's the season for strange crimes by even stranger people, with police blotters expanding faster than a 6-year-old's wish list of gifts...
Christmas Eve parties becoming a Jewish tradition (12/24/06)
MIAMI -- With no tradition of leaving cookies for Santa, no church to attend and no expectation of presents in the morning, Christmas Eve used to hold little to look forward to for non-Christians -- until the Matzo Ball and other night-before-Christmas parties...
Bush hearing from new Pentagon chief as president works on new Iraq policy (12/24/06)
WASHINGTON -- Moving closer to an overhaul of troubled war strategy, President Bush on Saturday heard firsthand from his new Pentagon chief, just back from a visit to Iraq. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, finishing up his first week on the job, spent three days in Iraq before heading straight to Camp David in Maryland to report to the president on his conversations with Iraqi leaders and U.S. ...
Iraqi Shiite lawmakers try to rebuild their coalition in parliament (12/24/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric withheld support Saturday for a U.S.-backed plan to build a coalition across sectarian lines, Shiite lawmakers said, jeopardizing hopes that such a show of political unity could help stem the country's deadly violence...
Olmert agrees to free $100 million in frozen Palestinian funds (12/24/06)
JERUSALEM -- Israel agreed Saturday to release $100 million in frozen funds to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and ease West Bank travel restrictions -- goodwill gestures that revived hopes for a resumption of peace talks after years of hostility and distrust...
Car bomb explodes outside state government offices in Nigeria (12/24/06)
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria -- A car bomb exploded outside a state government office in Nigeria's southern oil hub Saturday, soon after the military reported an overnight bombing of a water pipeline leading into a refinery. The blast at the office building in Port Harcourt was the first targeting of a government installation by a militant group that has frequently kidnapped foreign oil workers and occupied pumping stations run by multinational companies...
Senior Taliban leader killed in U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan, military says (12/24/06)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. airstrike near the Pakistan border killed the Taliban's southern military commander, a U.S. military spokesman said Saturday, calling him the highest-ranking Taliban ever slain by American forces. Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani's vehicle was hit by a U.S. airstrike Tuesday as he traveled in a deserted area in the southern province of Helmand, the spokesman said. Two associates also were killed...
Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran (12/24/06)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed Saturday to impose sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, culminating two months of negotiations to curb a nuclear program the United States claims is aimed at building weapons...
Sudan to implement first phase of U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission (12/24/06)
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Sudanese officials will meet Tuesday to implement the first phase of a limited U.N. role for the African Union peacekeeping force in the Darfur region, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who leaves office today, said after Friday's agreement on the hybrid U.N.-A.U. force that he was taking "nothing for granted," given previous backtracking by the Sudanese government on deals for getting relief to the war-torn area...
Somalia's Islamic militia calls on foreign fighters to join war against Ethiopia (12/24/06)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Islamic militants who want to govern Somalia by the Quran urged foreign Muslims on Saturday to join their war with Ethiopian troops, after four days of heavy fighting in this volatile nation that threatens to escalate into a regional conflict...
Cyclones unleash fury on Redhawks (12/24/06)
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State has struggled to beat several mid-major opponents on its home floor this season, including a two-point win over Eastern Illinois of the Ohio Valley Conference. But ISU had absolutely no problems with another OVC team Saturday, as the hot-shooting Cyclones rolled past Southeast Missouri State 87-71...
Oak Ridge faces huge obstacle in first round of tourney (12/24/06)
The Oak Ridge boys basketball gets the opportunity to tip off the annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Tuesday morning at the Show Me Center. That might be where the good news ends for the Bluejays. Oak Ridge plays in the tournament's 9 a.m. opening game against top-seeded Charleston, ranked No. 1 in the state's most recent Class 3 poll and winners of the SEMO Conference Tournament...
Memories of Christmas (12/24/06)
Is it the search for the perfect Christmas tree or the outdoor decorating that makes it feel like Christmas? Local men and women reflect on the traditions that make the season bright.
Bonnie Lee Edwards (12/24/06)
Bonnie Lee Edwards, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 13, 1958, in Glendale, Calif., the daughter of Levi and Jeanette (Bass) Cushman. She and Jim A. Edwards were married on July 21, 1979, in Hacienda Heights, Calif...
Woodrow Wilson (12/24/06)
Woodrow "Woodie" Wilson, 88, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at his home in Santa Fe, N.M., after a lengthy illness. Woodie, as he was known to family and friends, was born to Robert Smith Wilson and Bessie Lee Harper in Bernie, Mo., June 22, 1918. He had lived in Santa Fe since 1959...
Julia Walker (12/24/06)
Julia Barbara Walker, 84, formerly of Scott City died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at her home in Fort Collins, Colo. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Grace Johns (12/24/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Grace Louise Walker Johns, 79, of Jonesboro died on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 21, 1927, at Bald Knob, Ark., daughter of Charles Alfred and Milford Lucile Sharp Walker...
Marilyn Sue Vaughn (12/24/06)
Marilyn Sue Vaughn, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Clyde Flaker (12/24/06)
Clyde Frank Flaker, 84, formerly of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at the Lenoir Nursing Home in Columbia, Mo. He was born on Sept. 8, 1922, at Florissant, Mo., the son of Carl B. and Catherine Ebesmeyer Flaker. He was a jeweler. He was a member of the Elks Club, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA certified) and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer...
Robert Roeger (12/24/06)
Robert "Bob" Warren Roeger, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at his residence in Cape Girardeau after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on March 26, 1956, in Ann Arbor, Mich., the son of Warren and Beverly Bradford Roeger...
Sneathen-Beal (12/24/06)
Centenary United Methodist Church was the setting for the wedding Oct. 14, 2006, of Jill Diana Sneathen and Darrin Edwin Beal. The Rev. Ann Mowery and Jeff Long performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are William and Judy Sneathen of Cape Girardeau, and Larry and Sue Beal of Advance, Mo...
Willenbrink-Hartle (12/24/06)
Jaimie Willenbrink and Craig Hartle were married Nov. 22, 2006, in Orlando, Fla. Georgiana Johnson performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Judi Willenbrink of Fenton, Mo., and Mark Willenbrink of Eureka, Mo. The groom is the son of Gary and Shree Hartle of St. Louis and is formerly of Cape Girardeau...
Fitzgerald-Graham (12/24/06)
Heather Renee Fitzgerald and Barry Thomas Graham were married June 10, 2006, at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo. The Rev. Harry Sharp III performed the ceremony. Music was by Kelly Baker of Sikeston, Mo. Parents of the couple are Greg and Patsy Fitzgerald of Mound City, Ill., and Fred and Cathy Graham of Scott City...
McCord-Robert (12/24/06)
Jessica Marie McCord and Timothy Andrew Robert were married June 3, 2006, at St. Cecilia Church in St. Louis. The Revs. Patrick Nwokoye and Chuck Tichacek performed the ceremony. Lectors were John Boos of Cape Girardeau, godfather of the groom; JoAnn Shew of Webster Groves, Mo., aunt and godmother of the bride; and Matthew Britt of Memphis, Tenn. ...
McCracken-LaCroix (12/24/06)
Tiffany McCracken and Jeffrey LaCroix exchanged vows Oct. 7, 2006, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, Mo. The Rev. Philip Niekamp performed the ceremony. Mass servers were Ashley McCracken of Marshall, Mo., cousin of the bride, and Steven Koester of Columbia. Violinist was Kelley Burns, pianist was Theresa Brooks, and vocalists were Michael Burns and Kelley Burns, all of Columbia...
Below-Kinder (12/24/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Rebecca Jean Below and Shawn Wesley Kinder were united in marriage Oct. 7, 2006, at First Baptist Church in Delta. Eric Hodge, Vester Keesee and Don Leggett performed the ceremony. Pianist was Debra Hess and soloist was Erika Beasley...
Canfield-Vandrell (12/24/06)
Thomas and Kathy Buehrle of Hopkinsville, Ky., announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Ann Canfield of Cape Girardeau, to Jonathan Edward Vandrell of Tulsa, Okla. He is the son of Denise and Terry Rigdon of Tulsa and Jim and Louise Vandrell of Blue Springs, Mo. Canfield is also the daughter of the late Guy Harper of Cape Girardeau...
Fish-Flentge (12/24/06)
Kathi Fish of Cape Girardeau announces the engagement of her daughter, Kristal Lee Fish, to Chad Joseph Flentge, both of St. Louis. He is the son of Kim and Mary Flentge of Perryville, Mo. Fish received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University. She is assistant office manager at Unitas Medical Services in St. Louis...
Richardet-Schoen (12/24/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Edward and Linda Richardet of Perryville announce the engagement of their daughter, Melinda Richardet, to Matthew Schoen. He is the son of John and Teri Schoen of Jackson. Richardet is a 2002 graduate of Perryville High School. She received a degree in child development from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006. She is employed at Christian School for the Young Years...
Kirchdoerfer-Koch (12/24/06)
George and Ellen Kirchdoerfer of Gordonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kate Elizabeth Kirchdoerfer, to Jason Fredrick Koch. He is the son of David and Teresa Koch of Jackson. Kirchdoerfer is a 2004 graduate of Jackson High School. She is pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy at Maryville University. She is employed at Health Point Fitness in Jackson...
Police report 12/24/06 (12/24/06)
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Fire report 12/24/06 (12/24/06)
n On Friday, emergency medical service on North Georgia Street. n On Saturday, a motor vehicle accident on East Jackson Boulevard. n At 9:57 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2500 block of Meadow Lane. n At 11:35 a.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Good Hope Street...
Out of the past 12/24/06 (12/24/06)
The oldest catalog sales store in Cape Girardeau closes its doors, marking the end of 53 years of operation; Montgomery Ward & Co., 18 N. Main, began catalog and retail sales in Cape Girardeau Dec. 29, 1928. BENTON, Mo. -- The local economy of this community will be boosted in the coming months by the opening of a new shoe component factory by the Brown Shoe Factory; sale of the recently completed facility and 20 acres of land surrounding it was completed yesterday between the Brown Group, and the owner of the property, Ronald L. ...
The invitation (12/24/06)
By Stephen E. Strom What a wonderful time is Christmas Eve. The anticipation which the day usually represents is enhanced this year by its falling on Sunday, releasing us today from the pressures of our jobs. No doubt most of us are pleasantly enjoying a morning cup of coffee with the paper before getting ready for church, or perhaps relaxing after lunch. ...
Glory to God (12/24/06)
It is a simple story, but the birth in a stable some 2,000 years ago changed the world. On this Christmas Eve, the story is told again from the Holy Bible (the Gospel according to St. Luke, Chapter 2):And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one unto his own city...
Speak Out 12/24/06 (12/24/06)
Holiday spirit; Good luck; Wonderful program; Jumping Tigers; Decoration thieves; On-off switch
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