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Stories from Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Day 1 of the Christmas Tournament continues (12/26/07)
Notre Dame's Ryan Willen shot over Advance's Jacob Bond in the first quarter Wednesday at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. Visit semoball.com for full coverage.
Library goes wall-free during construction (12/26/07)
The current state of Cape Girardeau's library expansion may seem shocking. All but two small sections of the library's exterior walls have been removed. What remains are concrete columns holding the library's roof. The two remaining rooms are scheduled for demolition as well...
Farmers to continue to receive tax savings (12/26/07)
Property tax time is here again. From now to the new year people in local counties will be mailing checks or making stops at their collector's office. And like other business owners, farmers will have to pay tax on their land. But in Missouri farmers pay a much lower rate of property tax on their land than do most business owners and homeowners...
Christmas cheer and volunteers (12/26/07)
Buffalo Wild Wings was closed for business Tuesday, but the kitchen wasn't empty. Owner Bill Zellmer was busy training six workers and overseeing the production of 3,500 wings. Volunteers scurried around the kitchen, transferring wings from the deep fryer to buckets, drenching the wings with honey barbecue sauce, and packaging the food into Styrofoam containers for delivery...
Man stabbed in fight at New Hamburg tavern (12/26/07)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- A bar brawl at Schindler's Tavern in New Hamburg early Sunday morning left one patron in the hospital recovering from stab wounds, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department. A witness called the sheriff's department about 15 minutes after the fight occurred. Within a few minutes of the call, officers responded, finding one patron had suffered a stab wound from the fight...
Fruitland woman finds shelter in Illinois for surviving puppies (12/26/07)
Early Christmas Eve morning, Candis Ward received a hoped-for phone call. The Cape Girardeau woman started caring for two puppies Friday after their mother, a stray, was picked up by animal control the day before. Sharron Werner of Fruitland called to say she'd found a no-kill shelter for the puppies...
Two men charged after Scott City drug bust (12/26/07)
A drug bust in Scott City on Sunday night resulted in two men charged with possession of controlled substances and parole violations, said Scott City police chief Don Cobb. Kevin C. Jungers II, 48, of Scott City, and Dennis M. Jungers, 27, of Springfield, Mo., were charged after officers from the Scott City Police Department and the sheriff's department served a warrant at an 802 E. Fifth St. residence, Cobb said...
Jackson native to show two of his films (12/26/07)
Jackson native Nick Murphy moved out to Hollywood a long, long time ago as an aspiring filmmaker, a move that sounds like the plot to many a Hollywood story. Murphy's whole existence is about writing movies, he said. He works what he calls "cool day jobs" for a few months at a time, saving up enough to make his next guerrilla film...
Mortgage crisis tops Mo. business news (12/26/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The nationwide mortgage meltdown spurred some of the state's biggest news stories this year, affecting homeowners and big corporations alike. H&R Block Inc., best known for its tax preparation services, got tripped up by a little-known part of its business -- subprime lending...
Illinois adds salvia to list of banned substances (12/26/07)
CHICAGO -- A law taking effect in Illinois on New Year's Day makes possession or sale of a plant called Salvia divinorum a felony. The plant can cause hallucinations within seconds after it's smoked, licked or chewed. Violators will face legal consequences as harsh as those for heroin or LSD...
Unity prayer line celebrates 100 years of taking requests (12/26/07)
UNITY VILLAGE, Mo. -- One of the oldest prayer lines in the world is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Silent Unity began in 1907 with one man in a rocking chair using a "candlestick" phone. It has since grown to 13 centers worldwide, with associates answering more than 1.5 million prayer requests each year...
Units home for holiday before leaving for Iraq (12/26/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Many Kansas and Missouri families got their Christmas wish this weekend, as area National Guard units returned home for the holiday before going to Iraq. A bus carrying 54 Kansas National Guard members from Fort Bliss, Texas, arrived Sunday at the armory in Lenexa, Kan...
Charges filed in Kansas City death (12/26/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Prosecutors have filed charges against a 26-year-old man in the Oct. 10 shooting that left a man dead and a woman wounded inside a car on a Kansas City street. Jackson County prosecutor Jim Kanatzar said Monday that Derrick Peace is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. Prosecutors have requested a $250,000 bond...
4-year-old Missouri girl gets heart transplant right before Christmas (12/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The Billings family waited seven months for the call, taking trips that were relatively close to St. Louis Children's Hospital, keeping the gas tank at least half full so they could break away at a moment's notice. The call finally came Saturday, when the Green Ridge family received word that they were getting an early Christmas gift: a new heart for 4-year-old Olivia...
Va. Tech massacre voted top story of '07 (12/26/07)
NEW YORK -- The massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech by a mentally disturbed student gunman was chosen the top story of 2007 by U.S. editors and news directors in The Associated Press' annual vote. The rampage, which prompted colleges nationwide to reassess their emergency response systems, received 82 first-place votes out of 271 ballots cast for the top 10 stories...
N.Y. town lets seniors work off property taxes (12/26/07)
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Audrey Davison lives alone, gets a $620 Social Security check each month and worries about the sharply rising taxes on her four-bedroom house. Davison, 76, raised her family there and after 43 years, she really doesn't want to leave Greenburgh...
World briefs 12/26/07 (12/26/07)
Turkey: More than 200 rebel targets hit in Iraq ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Two Turkish airstrikes this month destroyed more than 200 Kurdish rebel targets in the mountains of northern Iraq, killing hundreds of insurgents, the military said Tuesday. Up to 175 rebels were killed Dec. ...
Christmas: A day of prayer, reconciliation and flickers of hope (12/26/07)
ROME -- As the faithful marked Christmas Day, political and religious leaders called for peace and reconciliation amid flickers of hope in places long plagued by conflict. In Iraq, Christians made their way past checkpoints Tuesday to fill Baghdad churches in numbers unthinkable a year ago. And in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, where tradition says Jesus was born, Christians celebrated in an atmosphere of hope raised by the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks...
Jane Morrill, Notre Dame (12/26/07)
The Notre Dame girls basketball team on Thursday and Friday avenged two losses from earlier this season to capture the championship of the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic at the Show Me Center. That gave the No. 6 seed Bulldogs three upset wins to capture the title...
Tigers preserve memories of O'Neal (12/26/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- They shout his name after each practice. His game-day locker, never used, remains intact. Aaron O'Neal didn't play a single down for Missouri, but the former reserve linebacker's picture is seemingly everywhere at the school's athletic training complex, from the main hallway in a public area to the coaches' private sanctuaries...
Skiles pays price for Bulls' slow start (12/26/07)
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Chicago Bulls were sure this was their season to challenge for the Eastern Conference championship. If they do, it'll be with a new coach. The Bulls fired Scott Skiles on Monday, hoping to shake up a team with one of the worst records in the Eastern Conference...
Perfect man gets the nod from AP (12/26/07)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady arrives at Gillette Stadium before the sun comes up. As always, there is work to be done, and no time to waste. Yes, he is the superstar quarterback with the golden arm and the sharp football mind. Yes, he is in position to break Peyton Manning's single season record of 49 touchdown passes. And yes, he is the main reason the New England Patriots are challenging the 1972 Miami Dolphins' status as the only team to go undefeated for an entire Super Bowl season...
Lorena's reign continues among women (12/26/07)
Lorena Ochoa didn't have a blueprint for becoming the best in the world, and she certainly didn't have a role model. Mexico had yet to produce anything resembling a world-class golfer, and Ochoa did not look like one at age 12. So it was surprising when she told her coach she wanted to be No. 1...
From chasing HR record to perjury charges, Giants slugger was the No. 1 story of 2007 (12/26/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds got what he wanted. So did the feds. What should have been a year of fame and adulation for Bonds had equal parts of shame and condemnation. As always, though, Bonds handled it his way: From that first day in spring training when he proclaimed himself up to the challenges that lie ahead; through the record-setting day in August when he hit No. ...
Tomlinson takes rushing lead in Chargers' victory (12/26/07)
SAN DIEGO -- LaDainian Tomlinson took over the NFL rushing lead, got his fourth straight 100-yard game and called it a night. Tomlinson had a 17-yard scoring run among his 107 yards as he led the AFC West champion San Diego Chargers to a 23-3 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday night. L.T. sat out the bulk of the second half...
Yankees' luxury tax drops to $23.88 million (12/26/07)
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees did accomplish something this year:~ New York has paid $121.6 million in luxury tax over the past five seasons. They lowered their luxury tax for the second straight season. The Yankees were hit with a tax bill of $23.88 million by Major League Baseball in a notice sent to teams late Friday, pushing them over the $100 million mark since the penalty for profligate spending was introduced in 2003...
New Year's resolutions for the home (12/26/07)
The new year is a time of renewal -- maybe you're ditching the ice cream and promising to call your mother more often. But you're not the only one in need of some improvement. This year, think about your home. Unlike traditional personal resolutions that are typically embarked upon cold turkey Jan. 1, New Year's resolutions for your home can consist of a doable list that you will work to accomplish throughout the year...
Cloning Clementines the only option for seedless sweets (12/26/07)
How sweet Clementine is this time of year, looking so pretty nestled in small wooden crates. How nice that these tangerines have no seeds to interrupt bites into the juicy, sweet segments. But hold on a second here! Without seeds, how do you make a new Clementine tree?...
Caviar: Incredible edible eggs (12/26/07)
While he was czar of Russia, Peter the Great had his ambassador deliver a gift of fine caviar to Louis XV, king of France. When, with great ceremony, the young monarch tasted his first mouthful of the precious stuff, he became nauseated and promptly spit it out on the carpet at Versailles...
Finishing 2007 with festive finger food (12/26/07)
As the Christmas season leaves us once again, we look ahead to planning our New Year's Eve party menus. I usually keep things simple with lots of finger foods and appetizers instead of doing a full meal with courses. So, today it is all about finger foods and snacks for the evening as you spend time with friends and family ringing in the new year...
Art market booms while financial market struggles (12/26/07)
NEW YORK -- Art is hot. Despite turmoil in the financial markets, there are no signs that the art market is softening. The fall auction season in New York saw robust prices across most categories, with postwar and contemporary works in particular going through the roof. It seemed like a new record was being shattered every time an art auction was held...
Influential jazz pianist Oscar Peterson dies at 82 (12/26/07)
TORONTO -- Oscar Peterson, whose speedy fingers, propulsive swing and melodic inventiveness made him one of the world's best known and influential jazz pianists, has died. He was 82. Peterson died at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Sunday, said Oliver Jones, a family friend and jazz musician. He said Peterson's wife and daughter were with him during his final moments. The cause of death was kidney failure, said Mississauga's mayor, Hazel McCallion...
Kennedy Center celebrates 30th year with new honorees (12/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- George Stevens Jr. knew he created something special in 1978 when he saw the audience at the Kennedy Center react to old black-and-white footage of Marian Anderson singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. "We had not anticipated it, but they all turned and stood with this huge long ovation for her," Stevens said. ...
Edna Paul (12/26/07)
JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Edna Jackson Paul, 95, of Johnston, formerly of America, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. She was born Nov. 6, 1912, in America, daughter of Walter and Nettie Orm Jackson. She was married to Larry "Spike" Paul...
Jimmy Henson (12/26/07)
Jimmy Ray Henson, 61, of Scott City died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. He was born Oct. 4, 1946, at Grand Tower, Ill., son of Howard Ray and Margie Dale Ellet Henson. He and Esther Romero were married May 15, 1970, in Las Vegas...
Arneta Davis (12/26/07)
Arneta R. Davis, 91, of Jackson died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at the Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Oct. 7, 1916, at Grassy, Mo., daughter of Grover C. and Nellie R. Perkins Miller. She and Bruce Davis were married in 1935, and he preceded her in death...
Helene Koch (12/26/07)
Helene Ida (Nagel) Koch, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 13, 1927, in Tilsit the daughter of Herman and Lena (Koenig) Nagel. She and J.L. Koch Jr. were married Apr. 27, 1947, in Tilsit. He died Jan. 31, 1989...
Mabel Yancey (12/26/07)
Mabel Lucille Yancey, 95, of Jackson died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Nov. 14, 1912, at Millersville, daughter of Carl Albert and Bessie Wise Overbeck. She and Robert Roy Yancey were married Dec. 5, 1942, in Gulf Port, Miss. He died Aug. 31, 2006...
Edyth Walls (12/26/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Edyth B. Walls, 86, of Cairo died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Barkett Funeral Home of Cairo.
Minnie Lue Stafford (12/26/07)
Minnie Lue Stafford, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Brownsville, Tenn., daughter of Minnie Lue Britton and Robert Owens Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell D. Stafford Sr.; five sons, Lindsay Stafford, John Stafford, Mitchell D. Stafford Jr., Walter Stafford and Joseph Stafford; three brothers Fletcher Wilson, Fred Wilson and Johnnie Wilson Jr.; and one sister, Zettie Bell Hampton...
Charles Huffman (12/26/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Charles H. Huffman, 73, of Jonesboro, formerly of Kankakee, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 1, 1934, at Oran, Mo., son of Vester "Bud" and Sadie Thomas Huffman. He and Barbara Jean Zimmerman were married Dec. 5, 1952. She died Sept. 28, 2002...
Cape/Jackson fire report 12/26/07 (12/26/07)
n At 11:03 p.m., alarm sounding at 211 Saint Francis Drive. n At 11:12 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Park Drive. n At 11:32 p.m., citizen assist at 16 S. Pacific St. n At 9:38 a.m., emergency medical service at 100 Vantage Drive...
Cape/Jackson police report 12/26/07 (12/26/07)
Arrests; Property damage
Out of the past 12/26/07 (12/26/07)
The Rev. W. Harry Hunt has been named pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Jackson; Hunt and his wife were recently honored for their 13 years of ministry to members of First Baptist and the Jackson community. For the first time, Christ Episcopal Church congregation and members of St. ...
Thanks to Toybox supporters (12/26/07)
By Tracy Haggerty As a community, we can celebrate knowing that we are the cause of a happy holiday season for families throughout Cape Girardeau. Another successful Toybox drive is complete. Children are smiling remembering their visits from Santa, and parents rest easy knowing they can share in the joy of the season with toys for Christmas morning...
Tournament time (12/26/07)
Today begins the annual tradition of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. This is always a fun time for basketball fans and players. Over the course of the tournament, crowds grow larger. By Saturday, the facility will build to a frenzy. Charleston and Bell City are the favorites to win this year...
Aquatic center (12/26/07)
During 2007, Southeast Missouri State University has unveiled two major additions to its campus. The first was the River Campus, a state-of-the-art visual and performing arts facility that has drawn rave reviews from community members and students. More recently, the university dedicated its $8.5 million aquatic center, another top-notch facility aimed at attracting students to the Cape Girardeau campus. Like the River Campus, the community at large will be able to use the aquatic center...
Speak Out 12/26/07 (12/26/07)
Be on guard; Taking your time; Lay it on the line; School parking; No manger scene; Limiting children; Mandatory orientation; Disappointing column; Slave reparations; Party deviation
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