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Stories from Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ice coats Stoddard County, but causes no serious accidents (12/23/08)
STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. -- Emergency responders were called to a rash of minor accidents in the early morning hours of Tuesday, as motorists ventured out onto a solid sheet of ice in the area. Unsuspecting motorists found travel difficult on both major and secondary roadways in the county as a blanket of "black ice" sent travelers into ditches and off the highways across Stoddard County...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/23/08)
The ice that covered Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area Tuesday morning has cleared up, for the most part, making travel along major routes safe. This morning wasn't very safe, though, as police reported accidents around the area from the ice that coated roads and other surfaces before and during the morning commute...
Gas prices continue to fluctuate in Southeast Missouri (12/23/08)
While Americans continue to see a decrease in the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, prices for fuel at some stations in Southeast Missouri are rising while others remain well below the national average. The website gasbuddy.com reported that on Monday afternoon a gallon of unleaded gasoline could be found for as low as $1.34 in Miner, Mo., to as high as $1.79 in Cape Girardeau. The national average for gas was $1.65 per gallon...
Monday morning temperature in Cape lowest since February (12/23/08)
After temperatures in Cape Girardeau reached the lowest point since February on Monday, the National Weather Service has placed the city and surrounding areas under a freezing rain advisory starting this morning. Monday morning, the weather service recorded a low temperature of 6 degrees -- not a record, but the coldest temperature since Feb. 4 and about 20 degrees below the normal low, according to the weather service's website...
MoDOT work will reduce Highway 25 to one lane in Cape Girardeau County (12/23/08)
Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage work, according to a MoDOT news release. The work will take place between county roads 244 and 245. For more information, call MoDOT at 888-275-6636...
Charleston man sentenced to one year for DWI, hitting girlfriend with his truck (12/23/08)
A Charleston man received a one year jail sentence Monday for driving while intoxicated and hitting his girlfriend with his pickup truck outside a Cape Girardeau bar last April. Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge Benjamin F. Lewis sentenced Steven R. Pemberton, 24, to the year's incarceration after a jury on Nov. 13 acquitted him of a second-degree assault charge and found him guilty on the DWI charge, according to a news release from Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle...
Two nuns robbed at gunpoint at Caruthersville church (12/23/08)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The armed robbery of two nuns is under investigation by Caruthersville police. According to Caruthersville police chief Chris Riggs, officers were called to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 9:40 p.m. Friday to investigate the robbery. Two nuns at the church told officers they were walking to the parking lot when a man approached them. The man displayed a gun and took a purse and cell phone then forced the women back into the school before fleeing on foot...
Home-care attendants puzzled by personal contact from union (12/23/08)
A major push to unionize home-care attendants for the elderly and disabled has the Semo Alliance for Disability Independence fielding calls from workers it oversees about how the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees got their names...
After 16 years on Cape County commission, Larry Bock is on the road home (12/23/08)
Monday's farewell reception for Larry Bock drew more than 75 people. Among them were Bock's wife Shirley and his mother, Ruby Bock, 97. Cape Girardeau County's 1st District commissioner isn't quite retired, though he's close. After 16 years in office, he plans to attend a final commission meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, at the county administration building in uptown Jackson...
Police, firefighters, sheriff's deputies and emergency responders join children for gift program (12/23/08)
During Monday's "Shop With a Hero" event at Wal-Mart in Cape Girardeau, about 60 area children got a chance to choose some Christmas gifts for themselves as they shopped with public servants from the community. The children, selected by faculty at Cape Girardeau public schools, each received about $40 to spend and their own "hero," a police officer, firefighter, sheriff's deputy or emergency responder, said Valerie Wondrick, event coordinator for Wal-Mart...
Parts of Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois under freezing rain advisory today (12/23/08)
Areas in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois remain under a freezing rain advisory until 6 p.m. Early morning commuters may experience minor icing associated with below-freezing temperatures and light sleet or freezing rain. A 90 percent chance of a wintry mix is forecasted for today...
Elfrink stops trucking operations in Cape (12/23/08)
According to employees, Elfrink Transportation ceased its trucking operations in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday. The number of employees affected is not known at this time. The regional truckload carrier started in 1994, with its headquarters at 1326 Southern Expressway in Cape Girardeau. ...
Family loses Christmas presents in Monday fire (12/23/08)
A suspected electrical fire Monday night at a Cape Girardeau home may have ruined one family's Christmas. Eric Gardner said they had just gotten home to 815 S. Benton St., where he'd been staying, and had been there about five minutes when the lights went out suddenly...
Corps sues Ameren over Taum Sauk disaster (12/23/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers is suing AmerenUE, claiming debris from the Taum Sauk reservoir breach dumped sediment into Clearwater Lake Reservoir, damaging the lake and its natural resources. The federal lawsuit was filed Dec. 12. It seeks unspecified damages...
At least 1 dead in multicar crash (12/23/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One person is dead and several others are hurt after a multi-vehicle accident west of St. Louis. The wreck happened about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on westbound Interstate 70 near Warrenton in Warren County, about 50 miles west of St. Louis...
Nixon outlines economic plan for Mo. (12/23/08)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Creating new jobs, providing for a more skilled work force and helping small business expand will help Missouri rebound from the sour economy, governor-elect Jay Nixon said Monday. Nixon released details of his Show Me JOBS economic plan during stops in Kansas City, Mo., and suburban St. Louis, where he spoke on the campus of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley...
Sale of Anheuser-Busch, economy top Missouri business stories (12/23/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Over the last decade or so, St. Louis has seen the loss of many major corporate headquarters to buyouts and mergers: McDonnell Douglas, TWA, May Department Stores Co., A.G. Edwards, Pulitzer Publishing. But none stung as bad as this year. Budweiser is now in Belgian hands...
Missouri earthquake study urges more data collection (12/23/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri earthquake task force recommends more data collection and a focus on making homes and businesses less susceptible to shaking damage. There is a 25 to 40 percent chance for a magnitude 6.0 earthquake during the next 50 years. A larger quake on par with those from 1812 has around 10 percent odds...
Shoppers can use haggling skills with retailers to get better deals (12/23/08)
NEW YORK -- If you're looking for an extra bargain before the holidays, you may only have to ask. With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously. ...
Afghan leader asks U.S. military for answers on troops (12/23/08)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai pressed America's top military leader Monday on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan as it prepares to add up to 30,000 more forces in the country. Karzai asked Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, what kinds of operations the troops would carry out and said the Afghan government should be consulted about those operations...
Save the kiwi: New Zealand fights for beloved native bird (12/23/08)
KARORI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, New Zealand -- As national symbols go, the kiwi makes up in curiosity value for what it lacks in good looks. The squat, flightless bird appears a bit like a cross between a hamster and an anteater, with furlike plumage, a long, quill-like beak and a grumpy demeanor...
Iraqi leader tries to slow popularity of shoe-thrower (12/23/08)
BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved Monday to undermine the popularity of the Iraqi who threw his shoes at President Bush, saying the journalist confessed the mastermind of the attack was a militant known for slitting his victims' throats...
Toyota projects first loss in 70 years, puts expansion plans on hold (12/23/08)
NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will report the first operating loss in 70 years, acknowledging that after a decade of rapid growth it can no longer escape the slowdown plaguing the global auto industry. The Japanese auto giant also lowered its global vehicle sales forecast for the second time this year and said it was putting ambitious expansion plans on hold, in large part because of a precipitous drop in demand in the key U.S. market...
Tigers, Pirates win consolation games (12/23/08)
Central and Perryville posted wins Monday in the consolation bracket of the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic. Central, seeded fourth in the eight-team girls basketball tournament, routed No. 8 Saxony Lutheran 68-32. Perryville, the No. 6 seed, pulled away late to beat No. 7 Woodland 66-51...
NFL Bears rally to beat Packers 20-17 in OT at frigid Soldier Field (12/23/08)
CHICAGO -- Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal with 11:28 left in overtime and the Chicago Bears overcame frigid conditions and the Green Bay Packers for a 20-17 victory Monday night to stay in the running for the playoffs. Chicago's Alex Brown blocked Mason Crosby's 38-yard field-goal attempt with 18 seconds left in regulation to preserve a 17-17 tie and send the game into overtime...
Notre Dame, Farmington will play for Holiday title (12/23/08)
Alex Fowler jumpstarted Notre Dame's run to its second straight Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic championship game. Which came as no surprise to Notre Dame coach Renee Peters. "Alex is our senior captain," Peters said. "Her leadership is important to us...
Rams' Zygmunt resigns his post (12/23/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Jay Zygmunt, the St. Louis Rams' president of football operations, resigned Monday in the fallout from another terrible season. Longtime team president John Shaw also is expected to scale back his activities as part of a restructuring under new owner Chip Rosenbloom. The Rams are 2-13 this season, 5-26 the last two years and preparing for their second coaching search in two seasons...
Improved ASU awaits Redhawks (12/23/08)
Before the season, tonight's game at Arkansas State might not have appeared overly daunting for Southeast Missouri State. That, however, is no longer the case. The Redhawks will take on a rejuvenated ASU squad in a 7:05 p.m. tipoff in Jonesboro, Ark...
Mizzou tries to end its Braggin' drought (12/23/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri senior Matt Lawrence doesn't remember much about the last time the Tigers had Braggin' Rights. He refuses to obsess over Illinois' eight-game winning streak since 1999 in the neutral-site series heading into tonight's game at the Scottrade Center...
Jackson's heavy workload partly due to Pittman's punishment (12/23/08)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson got his heaviest workload of the season on Sunday, partly because his backup was being punished. Coach Jim Haslett said Monday that Antonio Pittman was fined $25,000 after skipping practice Saturday. Pittman, whose 23rd birthday was Friday night, also was inactive for Sunday's 17-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers...
Overusing painkillers could make migraines worse (12/23/08)
WASHINGTON -- Those pain pills you think help your migraines? Take too many and you could make them worse. Overusing painkillers can spin migraine patients into a rut, spurring more headaches that in turn require more pain medication. An unlucky fraction even get what's called chronic migraine, where they're in pain more days than not, and new research suggests certain prescription painkillers, including narcotics, increase that risk...
Gifts fit for everyone from a gym rat to a couch potato (12/23/08)
Whether you're purchasing the perfect gift for a fitness enthusiast, intermediate or hard-core gym rat, these items can motivate someone to begin a fitness regimen or just put a little pizazz into mundane workouts. If you're willing to drop a large amount for an extended period of time, fitness sources recommended a gym membership. ...
My Network TV finding success in second year (12/23/08)
NEW YORK -- For the past three weeks, the upstart My Network TV has accomplished something that would have been considered unthinkable two years ago. The network, quickly cobbled together by a group of Fox-owned local stations after the 2006 merger of the WB and UPN into the new CW left abandoned stations with nothing to put on the air, has averaged more prime-time viewers than the CW...
Shirley Sadler (12/23/08)
ANNA, Ill. — Shirley Ann Sadler, 73, of Anna died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, in Jackson. She was born Nov. 10, 1935, daughter of Mike and Edith Hamblin Poole. She and Roy Modglin Jr. were married June 25, 1954, in Union County. He preceded her in death. She then married Ervin Sadler in 1974 in Union County. He also preceded her in death...
John Cosco (12/23/08)
John William Cosco, 58, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Ill. He was born July 24, 1950, in Fairmont, W.Va., son of John and Genevieve Cox Cosco. He and Charlotta "Charlie" Bruns were married June 5, 1971, in Alton, Ill...
James Lewis (12/23/08)
FARMINGTON, Mo. — James L. Lewis, 62, of Farmington died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1946, at Bonne Terre, Mo., son of John Frederick and Le Ann R. Chapman Lewis IV. Lewis was a farmer and of the Baptist belief. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War...
Patricia Garrett (12/23/08)
DEXTER, Mo. — Patricia Garrett, 57, of Dexter died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at her home. She was born Jan. 9, 1951, in Advance, Mo., daughter of James Benjamin and Helen Hubbard Garrett. Garrett was formerly of Bloomfield, Mo. Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Bolin of Essex, Mo., Seprena Thompsett of Stevens, Pa.; three brothers, R.C. ...
Becky Cagle (12/23/08)
ANNA, Ill. — Becky Lynn Cagle, 51, of Centralia, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at City Care Center in Cobden, Ill. She was born Aug. 17, 1957, in Anna, daughter of Carl and Myrtle Imogene Baity Massey. Cagle was a licensed practical nurse and cosmetologist, and was attending Southern Illinois University-Carbondale...
Ann Hornback (12/23/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Elizabeth Ann Hornback, 58, of Sikeston died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 24, 1950, in Sikeston, daughter of Marshal and Pauline Willey Hicks. She and Harry Hornback were married April 5, 1971. He died Dec. 20, 2000...
Elmo Underwood (12/23/08)
Elmo Underwood, 89, of South Fulton, Tenn., died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton, Ky. He was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Graves County, Ky., son of George Arthur and Ida May Willie. He married Ruth Babb. Underwood was a retired salesman. He lived in the Cape Girardeau area about 20 years, returning to the South Fulton area in 1973. He was a member of VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau 45 years...
Edvira Leible (12/23/08)
Edvira Leible, 93, of Scott City died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Police report 12/23/08 (12/23/08)
The Cape Girardeau Police department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Christopher M. Johnston, 23, 45 S. West End Blvd., Apt. 213, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court for possession of drug paraphernalia...
Fire report 12/23/08 (12/23/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 10:46 p.m., smoke scare in the 1300 block of Kingsway Drive. n At 11:21 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Harmony Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 12/23/08 (12/23/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 23, 1983 PATTON, Mo. -— Two Cape Girardeau residents were among 16 people injured yesterday morning when a Greyhound bus overturned on an ice-covered Highway 72; 10 of the injured remain hospitalized; the two Girardeans were treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released...
Marking the lanes (12/23/08)
The Missouri Department of Transportation says it listens when motorists complain about things such as not being able to see the lane they're in at night, particularly when it's raining. Earlier this month, MoDOT put new stripes on a stretch of William Street from Kingshighway to Siemers...
Speak Out 12/23/08 (12/23/08)
Good message A BIG thank you to the youths and directors of New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson for the wonderful Christmas program "Hotel Bethlehem." You all did a great job. Keep up the good work. It was such a good message and blessing...
Cat has dog by the tail (12/23/08)
Maggie, the chocolate lab, who has been featured before, is being pestured by C.C., one of our two kittens. Maggie seems to want me to put down the camera and get that cat off her tail!
Humane Society's Featured Pet (12/23/08)
There is only one thing on Gus' Christmas list...a home! Gus is a 4 year-old yellow lab. He is neutered and housebroken. Gus has always been an inside dog and he loves kids. He is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837. The Humane Society will reopen on Friday at 11am...
Beautiful skiy (12/23/08)
This is a beautiful sky as seen on 12/19/2008 on highway 25 at highway 60 in Dexter.
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