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Stories from Saturday, December 20, 2008

Four from Stoddard County have attempted murder trials upcoming (12/20/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Four Stoddard County residents facing attempted murder charges will all stand trial early next year. Erica Cain, 23, of Bloomfield will be first to stand trial. A plea hearing is scheduled before Judge Mark Lee Richardson at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday with a jury trial slated to begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 23...
Area children talk to - and about - St. Nick during his visit to West Park Mall (12/20/08)
Santa Claus sent a helper to the home of Ethan and Evan Pipkin in Risco, Mo. A little elf watches over Ethan, 9, and Evan, 6, at night, constantly checking on whether they are sleeping or awake, said their father, Chuck Pipkin as he and his wife, Christi, brought the boys to visit Saint Nick himself at West Park Mall on Friday...
Southeast December commencement will be today (12/20/08)
Southeast Missouri State University will grant degrees to 815 students at a graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. today in the Show Me Center. Federal Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. will speak. An honors convocation will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Show Me Center...
Central High School's marching band to be in Jay Nixon's inauguration parade (12/20/08)
Central High School's marching band will perform in Missouri governor-elect Jay Nixon's inauguration parade Jan. 12 in Jefferson City, Mo. This is the third time the band has been invited to perfom in such a parade. About 90 students from Central will march, joining at least seven other high school bands from across the state. Students will begin practicing after school after the winter holiday...
United Way of Southeast Missouri launches website that offers financial help (12/20/08)
Families in Southeast Missouri facing financial uncertainty now have another resource to turn to for help. Launched Friday by the United Way of Southeast Missouri, the Money Matters website lists relevant services and links to agencies that offer financial information and tips. Those services include assistance with information about foreclosures, financial literacy, job training and searching, mental health counseling and small business centers...
Tax credit giveaway for football team spurs debate (12/20/08)
Over the past six months, Missouri's budget picture has soured as quickly as the national economy. From a much-ballyhooed surplus of $833 million in July, the state now faces a projected deficit for the current year of $342 million. State colleges and universities are being asked to prepare for possible budget cuts and other agencies can be expected to do the same...
Nixon taps AG staffer as revenue director (12/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Governor-elect Jay Nixon has chosen a member of his inner circle at the attorney general's office to run Missouri's tax collection agency. Nixon said Friday that he will appoint Karen Mitchell, 50, of Columbia, to direct the Department of Revenue. Besides tax collection, the agency also handles driver's and motor vehicle licenses...
Webster County inmate back in jail after using Christmas lights to escape (12/20/08)
The Associated Press MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Webster County officials aren't taking the attempted escape of a jail inmate lightly. Authorities said they arrested 17-year-old Shane Sartin on Friday morning along a highway after he broke out of the Webster County jail Thursday night using a string of Christmas lights to climb down from a third-story exercise area in the county courthouse...
Nonresidents to pay more for hunting permits (12/20/08)
The Missouri Conservation Commission voted Friday to scrap plans to raise hunting and fishing permit prices for residents. But the proposed fee increases are still to take effect July 1 for nonresidents. Here's how much permits will cost: Permit type New Current...
State pulls plan to increase hunting, fishing permit fees for Missourians (12/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Bombarded with sometimes angry comments from Missouri hunters, anglers and landowners, the state Conservation Commission voted Friday to pull a plan charging more for hunting and fishing permits and requiring more land to qualify for free permits...
Storm brings wintry misery to Midwest (12/20/08)
A winter storm packing snow, freezing rain and biting wind cut power to tens of thousands of customers Friday, disrupted travel and gave schoolchildren from Iowa to New England an early start on their holiday break. "One thing about it, you're going to have a white Christmas this year," said Lee Longdyke, as he shoveled a sidewalk in Pontiac, Mich., for the third time Friday morning...
Prop 8 sponsors seek to nullify 18,000 gay marriages (12/20/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The sponsors of Proposition 8 asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to nullify the marriages of the estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who exchanged vows before voters approved the ballot initiative that outlawed gay unions. The Yes on 8 campaign filed a brief arguing that because the new law holds that only marriages between a man and a woman are recognized or valid in California, the state can no longer recognize the existing same-sex unions. ...
Blagojevich: 'I'm not going to quit' (12/20/08)
CHICAGO -- A combative Gov. Rod Blagojevich served notice Friday that he has no intention of quitting over his corruption arrest, declaring: "I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong." The three-minute speech marked the first time the former amateur boxer directly addressed the allegations since his arrest 10 days earlier. ...
Youths attack French Institute in Athens (12/20/08)
ATHENS, Greece -- Masked youths attacked the French Institute in Athens with firebombs Friday, one of the sporadic acts of violence that still hit the capital almost daily since the police killing of a teenager nearly two weeks ago sparked the worst riots Greece has seen in decades...
U.S. circulates U.N. resolution to protect Iraq assets from legal action (12/20/08)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States circulated a U.N. resolution that would shield billions of dollars of Iraqi assets from legal actions after the mandate for the U.S.-led multinational force ends, U.N. diplomats said Friday. The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, would extend for one year the arrangements under the U.N. mandate for the American-led multinational force in Iraq, which expires Dec. 31...
Hornets shoot down Rams (12/20/08)
The Advance boys basketball team made its run in the second quarter Friday. The Hornets turned a one-point lead into a 10-point lead at halftime and held on for the 58-48 road win over Scott City. Advance got 16 points from both Matt Ware and Jacob Bond. David VanGennip chipped in 12...
Southeast women to play two games at Tulane (12/20/08)
It has been a month since the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team last beat a fellow Division I squad. The Redhawks hope that changes this weekend as they participate in the Double Tree Classic hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans...
PGA Tour appeals to its players to support tourneys (12/20/08)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem wants his players to pitch in during a tough economy to help give sponsors their money's worth, and Justin Leonard believes they will. Finchem has sent a video to players and their agents asking them to consider adding tournaments they don't typically play and to reach out to the sponsors when they are at tournaments, the Sports Business Journal reported...
A light in the dark: Candlelight services hold special meaning for worshippers (12/20/08)
Before gathering around the Christmas tree, exchanging presents and eating a large helping of holiday ham, some people will celebrate another tradition -- filling the pews for candlelight services Wednesday evening. For many, holding a candle inside a dark auditorium while singing "Silent Night" is a time-honored part of the Christmas season, said the Rev. Rob Hurtgen, associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Jackson...
Deep within the human heart is a joy implanted by the Lord (12/20/08)
We have grown accustomed to commercials for prescription medication. What would happen if a brilliant scientist created a prescription for Merry Christmas? Perhaps the commercial would look like this: The camera reveals scenes of men and women upset over holiday lines and a parent buying an overpriced toy, wondering if his child will play with the box more than with the actual toy for which he got up at 4 in the morning and stood in line for hours in the cold with all the other bargain-crazy parents. ...
Zimbabwe family getting help from Cape Girardeau church (12/20/08)
The Kunz family at New McKendree United Methodist Church has been helping a family in Zimbabwe, Africa, obtain visas so they may relocate to America. They came in contact with the Siwela family when participating in the Rainbow Network, a program to provide gifts and basic needs to children at Christmas. The Kunz family is requesting prayer at this time. For more information, visit http://home.ldd.net/~kunzjc/...
Religion calendar 12/20/08 (12/20/08)
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES Hanover Lutheran Church When: 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., candlelight services and communion; 6:30 p.m., children's service Where: 2949 Perryville Road, Cape Girardeau Fruitland Community Church When: 5:30 p.m...
The mysteries of life (12/20/08)
The 6-year-old boy sat buckled in the back seat of my car. "I have to go to the funeral home tonight," I said. "Who died?" he asked. I told him the name of the person. "Why did he die? Do we all have to die?" After answering his questions the best I could, I pondered those mysteries of life...
Website lets fans sing with the King (12/20/08)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- So you fancy yourself a singer, eh ... alone, in your car, with the windows up, when no one's looking. Well, now you can test your pipes against Martina McBride and Elvis Presley in private, and if you like what you hear, you can share them with your friends via e-mail...
Detroit to get $17.4B bailout (12/20/08)
WASHINGTON -- Citing imminent danger to the national economy, President Bush ordered an emergency bailout of the U.S. auto industry Friday, offering $17.4 billion in rescue loans and demanding tough concessions from the deeply troubled carmakers and their workers...
Wilma Jones (12/20/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Wilma Marie Jones, 68, of Cairo died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Freddie Green officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park at Mounds...
Willie B. Love Jr. (12/20/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Willie B. Love Jr., 51, of Cairo died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, in New Madrid County, Mo., of injuries sustained in a car accident. He was born Sept. 14, 1957, in Greenwood, Miss., son of Willie B. Love Sr. and Lubirder Mabry. Love was a member of the Clay Memorial Church of God in Christ in Grand Chain, Ill,, where he served as an usher and worked with the finance department. He was employed as an electrician and handyman; he also remodeled and restored homes...
Olga Vogel (12/20/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Olga N. Vogel, 81, of Perryville died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born Jan. 2, 1927, at Oak Ridge, daughter of Paul E. and Clara R. Bingenheimer Richter. She and Milton A. "Spitz" Vogel were married Nov. 24, 1946...
Bettie Allison (12/20/08)
Bettie Jean Rike Allison, 80, of Huntsville, Ala., died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at her home, following a lengthy illness. She was an educator in and around Cape Girardeau more than 30 years. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and a community volunteer...
Births 12/20/08 (12/20/08)
Allen Son to Timothy Dale and Michelle Lea Allen of Sedgewickville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:28 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008. Name, Mason Jeffery. Weight, 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Fifth child, fourth son. Mrs. Allen is the former Michelle Bragg, daughter of Michael Bragg and Sharon Bragg of Cape Girardeau. She is a registered nurse at Saint Francis. Allen is the son of Mearlin and Darlene Allen of Cape Girardeau. He is a locksmith with Dan's Key and Lock Shop...
Fire report 12/20/08 (12/20/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Thursday. n At 1:22 a.m., emergency medical service at Broadway and North Main Street. n At 1:39 a.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 8:05 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of Thilenius Street...
Police report 12/20/08 (12/20/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n A 16-year-old was cited into juvenile court for assault. n Elic L. Payne Jr., 20, of Carbondale, Ill., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for resisting arrest...
Out of the past 12/20/2008 (12/20/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 20, 1983 Unseasonably cold arctic air maintains its grip on the area, sending the thermometer to an overnight low of 2 degrees; the dusting of snow that fell yesterday in Cape Girardeau caused no real problems. Longtime Jackson School Board member Bertha Hoffmeister, 75, has become the first person to file for one of two positions up for election on the board...
Sinking to new lows (12/20/08)
British TV viewers recently were exposed to a televised suicide. Some viewers were outraged. In 1998, "60 Minutes" aired an euthanasia assisted by Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Various groups have proposed broadcasting an execution by lethal injection, a gruesome procedure that has been portrayed many times in the scripts of make-believe TV shows and movies...
Shooting victim glad to be alive (12/20/08)
To the editor: Christmas has ever been a season that makes us think of forgiveness, hope and miracles. This year encompasses all three for me. Anyone who reads the paper knows I was shot in the head in September. It is a miracle that I survived and am able to be here to celebrate the true meaning of this season with my family and friends...
Trying to weaken, destroy unions (12/20/08)
To the editor: I have noticed on news reports that the majority of Americans are against a government loan for auto manufacturers and also believe the workers are making too much in pay and benefits. It is apparent that they have bought into the lies that are emanating from Washington. ...
Speak Out 12/20/08 (12/20/08)
Getting to school THE JACKSON and Cape Girardeau school districts put the lives of students, faculty and parents in danger by having school Tuesday during the ice storm. I slid all the way to school to drop my daughter off late. The safety of the students is the most important thing, and going a couple of extra days is not going to hurt anyone. Why take a chance when you don't have to?...
Live Nativity - Hanover Lutheran Church (12/20/08)
Hanover Lutheran Church's live nativity included sheep, a donkey, and three camels. The cast was accompanied by the choir and narrated by Pastor Roger Henning. December 20, 2008
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