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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/24/08)
Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival organizers announced this morning that the show will take a hiatus in 2009 as they begin to work toward a 2010 show. Airport manager Bruce Loy said negotiations to bring the Blue Angels demonstration team were unsuccessful, though he's optimistic the team could appear at the show in 2010.Though Loy applies for a military air demonstration every year, he said it's nearly impossible to land one over the traditional date of the show, which is July 4th weekend. ...
Dexter receives FEMA grant (12/24/08)
The city of Dexter received $80,695 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for storm clean-up in September from remnants of Hurricane Ike. Strong winds tore through the city on Sept. ...
Cape Girardeau 2009 air show canceled (12/24/08)
Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival organizers will skip 2009 and start working on a 2010 show, according to airport manager Bruce Loy.He said negotiations to bring the Here you goUnited States Navy Blue Angels demonstration team to the Bootheel were not successful. ...
Jackson seeking used Christmas trees (12/24/08)
Jackson wants used Christmas trees. The city is in the second year of a stream bank stabilization project in City Park and wants to again use Christmas trees to aid the program. Last year, 35 Christmas trees were secured to a section of the Hubble Creek streambank and additional trees will be used to advance the work. ...
Southeast Missourian website takes a break on Christmas (12/24/08)
Due to the Christmas holiday, seMissourian.com will have fewer updates on Christmas than on a normal weekday. The newspaper will be working on reduced staff, and there is no print edition on Christmas Day. If breaking news happens, we will post updates to semissourian.com, but nonbreaking stories will not be updated...
Area transplant patient receives anonymous gift (12/24/08)
Wess Holston was facing a grim holiday season this year, and his six children, ages 3 to 12, were expecting to wake up Christmas morning with few to no presents under their tree. But that was before Holston's wife, Katrina, received a phone call regarding a monetary donation from a Denver-area family...
Mother recalls delivering baby in ambulance during Dec. 15 ice storm (12/24/08)
April Womble won't be doing much for son Peyton's birthday this year. "I've been a little preoccupied," she said. Chances are, Peyton Lewis Womble, who turns 4 today, won't mind. His mother's distraction started the night of Dec. 15, when she learned the birth of her second child was drawing near...
Cape Girardeau police investigate counterfeit bills (12/24/08)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating several instances of counterfeiting at area businesses. In three recent incidents, $10 bills identified as counterfeit have been used, all bearing the same serial numbers. Anyone with information about these incidents should contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 335-6621...
St. Louis transportation company acquires bulk of Elfrink's business (12/24/08)
CRH Transportation has acquired a portion of the business of Elfrink Transportation, a Cape Girardeau trucking company that went out of business Dec. 17. Bob Lewis, owner of Columbia, S.C.-based Gulfstream Express, which recently purchased majority ownership in Elfrink, said some of Elfrink's former employees will have a job with the company. ...
Sikeston, Mo., Humane Society hurt by uncertain economic times (12/24/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Tough economic times are filling up not only homeless shelters but animal shelters as well. Lanette Baker, director of the Sikeston Area Humane Society, said she is seeing local pet owners giving up their pets due to financial pressures...
Bill would let learning disabled go to graduation (12/24/08)
Tracy Ritter loves what the Jackson School District does for her learning-disabled daughter. But she has one issue with the district's policies -- her daughter Kaitlyn won't have enough credits to walk through graduation with the class of 2010. While Ritter is working to change the district's policy, she has also asked state Rep. ...
Freezing rain causes numerous accidents on Southeast Missouri roadways (12/24/08)
Early morning freezing rain in Southeast Missouri resulted in numerous traffic accidents throughout the area and led to canceled classes for students at one school system. Freezing rain blanketed the area before the Tuesday morning commute, causing about 40 accidents in Cape Girardeau alone before 1 p.m. ...
Title: Reprioritize to showcase past successes (12/24/08)
Content: Dear Sam: l lost my job as a district manager in October 2007. Since then, I have bounced around, holding two jobs each lasting six months. I am afraid that I may not be hired by another company, as I am 59 years old. What would you suggest? - Simon...
Lawmakers want to tap reserve fund (12/24/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two St. Louis lawmakers want to tap into a state reserve fund to help cover a budget shortfall that governor-elect Jay Nixon has pegged at more than $300 million. Missouri's Budget Reserve Fund has about $550 million, and half can be used for emergency budget needs. In letters sent this month to Nixon, Rep. Jamilah Nasheed and Sen. Jeff Smith urged Nixon to plug the budget with money from the reserve fund and limit spending cuts...
Mo. gov.'s office settles e-mail deletion lawsuit (12/24/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The governor's office will provide free copies of e-mails to investigators to settle a lawsuit that accused Gov. Matt Blunt and other officials of "knowingly and purposely" violating the state's open-records law by denying access to the documents...
Corps sues Ameren over 2005 Taum Sauk breach (12/24/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Three years after the breach of the Taum Sauk reservoir, debris from the disaster continues to damage Clearwater Lake and its natural resources, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers against AmerenUE. The lawsuit filed Dec. 12 in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau seeks unspecified damages against the St. Louis-based Ameren, which operated the Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant where the breach occurred...
At least one person killed in 14-car crash in St. Louis (12/24/08)
ST. LOUIS -- One person was killed and several others injured Tuesday in a pileup involving more than a dozen vehicles on Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri. The wreck happened at about 12:30 p.m. on westbound I-70 near Warrenton in Warren County, about 50 miles west of St. Louis...
Hit holiday toys key for retail industry (12/24/08)
NEW YORK -- At the hectic Toys "R" Us in Times Square, displays of Incredible Hulk and Star Wars toys dwarf a shelf displaying Spin Master Ltd.'s Bakugan Battle Brawlers. But the Bakugan products are sparse, while other shelves remain fully stocked...
Texas report: Some children in sect suffered neglect, abuse (12/24/08)
SAN ANTONIO -- A dozen girls were sexually abused at a polygamist group's ranch targeted in a high-profile raid last spring, and parents neglected more than 250 other children living there by doing nothing to protect them from becoming future victims, Texas child welfare officials said in a report released Tuesday...
Disabled workers face health-care gap (12/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- Master toolmaker John McClain built machine parts with details so small they couldn't be seen with the naked eye. Then a lump on his neck turned out to be cancer. Shalonda Frederick managed a bakery and decorated cakes for special occasions. One day her face and hands, and her arms and legs, started clenching up. Then she fell off a ladder at work. It turned out to be multiple sclerosis...
Results of Minn. Senate race to be undecided until '09 (12/24/08)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota voters won't know who won the state's U.S. Senate race this year, and it's looking more likely the new Congress will be sworn in before the race ends between Democrat Al Franken and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. The state Canvassing Board on Tuesday scheduled a Jan. 5 meeting and its chairman said the panel's work could spill into Jan. 6 -- the day the next Congress convenes...
Obama picks Lincoln Bible for use at inauguration (12/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama will use the same Bible at his inauguration that Abraham Lincoln used for his swearing in. Obama will be the first president since Lincoln to use that Bible, part of the collection of the Library of Congress...
Huge water main break traps motorists in Md. (12/24/08)
BETHESDA, Md. -- A massive, aging water main ruptured Tuesday and sent a wave of water down a suburban Washington road, transforming the street into a river and trapping nine motorists who had to be rescued from the frigid deluge by emergency workers in helicopters and boats...
Bush pardons 19, including man who aided Israel in war (12/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- In a gesture of forgiveness for a decades-old offense, President Bush on Tuesday granted a pardon posthumously to a man who broke the law to supply aircraft to Jews fighting in Israel's 1948 war of independence. Charles Winters, a Miami businessman considered a hero in Israel, was listed in a batch of 19 pardons and one commutation that Bush issued before leaving for Camp David to spend the holidays. No high-profile lawbreakers were on the list...
Millions of older people use risky drug combos (12/24/08)
CHICAGO -- At least 2 million older Americans are taking a combination of drugs or supplements that can be a risky mix -- from blood thinners and cholesterol pills to aspirin and ginkgo capsules -- a new study warns. Among older men, one in 10 are taking potentially harmful combinations, according to the study...
Contest victor eats 7 pounds of latkes (12/24/08)
LAKE GROVE, N.Y. -- A 23-year-old mechanical engineering student downed 46 latkes in eight minutes to win a contest at a Long Island deli. Pete Czerwinski said he'd never had one of the potato pancakes before eating about seven pounds of them Sunday at Zan's in Lake Grove...
Prosecutor puts limits on probe of Ill. gov. (12/24/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Federal prosecutors have asked an Illinois House impeachment committee not to delve into the criminal charges against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a request that could hasten a decision on whether to boot Blagojevich from office In a letter released Tuesday, federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald warned the committee that interviewing witnesses and discussing documents related to the charges against Blagojevich could undermine his criminal investigation...
Economists: Recession may hit low point this quarter (12/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- Analysts believe the small decline in economic activity in the third quarter has worsened significantly in the current fourth quarter. The Commerce Department said Tuesday the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, declined at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the July-September quarter. Corporate profits fell 1.2 percent...
Military group declares coup in Guinea after dictator's death (12/24/08)
CONAKRY, Guinea -- A military group seized control of the airwaves in mineral-rich Guinea and declared a coup Tuesday after the death of the West African country's dictator, one of the continent's last strongmen. The turmoil raises the prospect of violence in a region where neighbors Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Liberia all have been hit by years of war...
Vatican revising take on Galileo for anniversary (12/24/08)
VATICAN CITY -- Galileo Galilei is going from heretic to hero. The Vatican is recasting the most famous victim of its Inquisition as a man of faith, just in time for the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope and the U.N.-designated International Year of Astronomy next year...
Parliament in Iraq ousts speaker, OKs non-U.S. troops (12/24/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's parliament removed its speaker out Tuesday and authorized non-U.S. foreign troops to stay in the country for another six months, a pair of important moves in its final session of 2008. The resignation of Sunni speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani capped a power struggle with Shiite and Kurdish lawmakers and members of his own party. ...
Iraq's November oil revenue falls as exports stabilize (12/24/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's oil revenue dropped sharply in November even as exports remained steady at 52.8 million barrels, the Iraqi Oil Ministry said Tuesday. Revenue fell more than 25 percent -- to $2.3 billion from $3.11 billion in October -- because of the steep fall in world oil prices, the ministry announced...
Jackson does last-minute Holiday scoring for third (12/24/08)
The Jackson girls basketball team stole a win and third-place away from Sparta (Ill.) in Tuesday night's final round of the Saint Francis Holiday Classic. The Indians, after struggling mightily on offense for the first 3 1/2 quarters, were sparked by their successful pressure defense and a sudden offensive surge in a 35-34 victory over the Bulldogs...
Notre Dame boys pound St. Vincent (12/24/08)
The Notre Dame boys basketball team rolled to a 76-28 win over visiting St. Vincent Tuesday night. Notre Dame, which hit 11 3 pointers, was led by Austin Greer and Jacob Tolbert with 12 points each. St. Vincent71056—28 Notre Dame2724178—76...
Notre Dame falls short of Holiday Classic title in OT (12/24/08)
Notre Dame's defense of its Saint Francis Holiday Classic championship ran out of steam at the Show Me Center on Tuesday night, as Farmington turned back the top-seeded Bulldogs 59-51 in overtime. After Notre Dame scored the opening basket of overtime, its first basket after being outscored 6-1 in the final 3 minutes of regulation, it was all Farmington with 10 unanswered points...
Braggin' Rights elude MU for ninth straight year (12/24/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Demetri McCamey got out of Illinois coach Bruce Weber's doghouse in a hurry by leading a rout of No. 25 Missouri. McCamey scored all but two of his 20 points in an almost perfect first half of a 75-59 victory Tuesday night, the Fighting Illini's ninth straight in the annual Braggin' Rights game. Three days earlier, he had just seven points against Detroit...
Arkansas State decks the Redhawks (12/24/08)
Southeast Missouri State failed to put together its first two-game winning streak of the season. The Redhawks didn't even come close. Arkansas State dominated Tuesday night's contest virtually from start to finish, building a 29-point lead and romping to an 86-67 victory in Jonesboro, Ark...
Red Wings defeat slumping Blues 4-1 (12/24/08)
DETROIT — Manny Legace remembers Pavel Datsyuk as a rookie who was hesitant to take shots. He found out the hard way that it’s no longer the case. Datsyuk had two goals and an assist against Legace and Ty Conklin made 33 saves, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night...
Yankees will add Teixeira to stable (12/24/08)
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees reeled in another prime free agent, reaching a preliminary agreement Tuesday with first baseman Mark Teixeira for $180 million over eight years. Two people familiar with the negotiations disclosed the agreement, which is subject to a physical. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final...
Berlin eatery follows carbon-neutral path; menu mixes pure and break-the-rules approaches (12/24/08)
BERLIN -- The vibe at Germany's first carbon-neutral restaurant is more hip than hippie. Minimalism is the mantra at Foodorama, with its cobalt-gray walls, soft lighting and single stem daisies perched atop gleaming blond maple tables, all nestled among the boutiques and balconies in Berlin's fashionable west Kreuzberg district...
A Harte Appetite: The legendary bread of Italy (12/24/08)
Back in the 15th century in Milan, Italy, there lived a young nobleman who wished to marry the girl in the bakery next door run by her father, Tonio. He would secretly visit his sweetheart at the bakery at night while she prepared bread for the next day, and before long he began helping out. ...
Recipe Swap: The search for the Holy Grille (12/24/08)
Merry Christmas! On this Christmas Eve -- one of my favorite days of the year -- we look forward to being with family and attending church with candlelight and singing carols and looking at all of the beautiful decorations. In the hustle and bustle of this Christmas season, I hope you pause to reflect on Christ, the reason for this special time. ...
Mortgage applications spike to highest level in five years (12/24/08)
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage applications spiked last week to their highest level in more than five years, as borrowers took advantage of rates that fell to near-record lows after the government pledged to funnel money into the mortgage market. While borrowers around the country are taking advantage of historically low rates to refinance their loans, the opportunity isn't available to borrowers with poor credit or little equity in their homes, and foreclosures are still likely to surge...
Last minute shoppers may not save Christmas (12/24/08)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Last-minute shoppers headed to the nation's stores and malls on the day before Christmas, looking for the final items they needed and searching for good deals -- but for retailers, the season was essentially over long ago. Many merchants who are on the edge of survival are already tallying up just how dismal their sales were in a season expected to be the worst in decades...
New York Times November ad revenue drops 20.9 percent (12/24/08)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Times Co. said Wednesday that advertising revenue dropped 20.9 percent in November from a year ago, as the financial crisis prompted steep declines in classified and national ad spending. The sharp economic deterioration, which followed the turmoil in the financial markets this September, has exacerbated an already-weak advertising market for newspapers as readers and advertisers have migrated to the Internet...
More stores try marathon hours for holiday shoppers (12/24/08)
NEW YORK -- Just as they did at the start of the season, more stores are pulling marathon hours in the holiday season's finale. But with hardly the crowds at 4 a.m. as there are at 4 p.m., are the extended hours worth it? Experts say yes, noting the additional labor costs are minimal compared with the goodwill stores enjoy by offering a convenience to time-starved shoppers...
Ernestine Wright (12/24/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ernestine Louise Wright, 79, of Anna died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Feb. 10, 1929, in Anna, daughter of Fred Arthur and Gladys Amelia Norris Tompkins. She and Robert M. Wright were married Aug. 6, 1950...
Myra Lalumendier (12/24/08)
Myra J. Lalumendier, 78, of Kankakee, Ill., died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at her home. She was born May 24, 1930, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of Edward O. and Jessie E. Myers Killian. She first married Samuel Badders, who preceded her in death. She later married Lawrence Lalumendier, who also preceded her in death...
Virginia Brown (12/24/08)
Virginia Marie Brown, 61, of Wichita, Kan., died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Lakewood Senior Living in Wichita. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Doyle (12/24/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruth Ann Doyle, 66, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born Sept. 21, 1942, in Perry County, daughter of Joseph and Erma McClure Griffard. She and James Doyle were married June 19, 1971, at Farmington, Mo...
Edvira Leible (12/24/08)
Edvira Josephine Leible, of Kelso, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Leible was born Dec. 5, 1915, in Kelso, daughter of Edward Stephen Hahn and Hermina Mary Compas. She and Fred William Leible were married April 22, 1946, in Kelso...
Lowell Dalton (12/24/08)
Lowell O. "Butch" Dalton, 83, of Fruitland died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 19, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, son of Gale and Jessie Finley Dalton. He and Rosalie Lehne were married April 25, 1942, in Cape Girardeau...
Gordon Robert Garner (12/24/08)
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. -- Gordon Robert "Bob" Garner, 78, of Scottsboro died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Eileen Garner of Scottsboro; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Linda Garner of Cape Girardeau and Terry and Sherry Garner of Scottsboro; a daughter, Michelle Garner of Scottsboro; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Faye and Clyde Patty of Scottsboro, Dorothy and Lewis Cornelison of Scottsboro, Shirley and Talmadge Swinford of Dutton, Ala., and Betty Moore of Scottsboro; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Tim and Meg Garner of Jackson, Brent and Andrea Garner of Olathe, Kan., Jason and Amy Garner of Chicago, Loreal Garner of St. ...
Cecil Haynes (12/24/08)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Cecil "Eddie" Haynes, 30, of Ullin died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, on Interstate 57 near Effingham, Ill., from injuries sustained in a four-vehicle accident. He was born March 22, 1978, in Cape Girardeau, son of Thomas and Linda Dillie Haynes. He married Sylviea Altenberger...
James Robison (12/24/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- James R. Robison, 69, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born May 17, 1939, to the late Jack and Sybil Pixley Robison on Goose Pond Hill in Bollinger County, Mo. As a child, his family moved to Advance, Mo., where he attended elementary and high schools. ...
Births 12/24/08 (12/24/08)
Wilson Daughter to Donald N. and Sarah E. Wilson of Cape Girardeau, 5:29 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. Name, Alexis Nicole. Weight, 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Fourth child, third daughter. Mrs. Wilson is the former Sarah McNealy, daughter of Grace Moore and Larry McNealy of Moscow Mills, Mo. She is employed at Wal-Mart in Jackson. Wilson is the son of D. Ray and Eva Wilson of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Marmic Fire and Safety Co...
Fire report 12/24/2008 (12/24/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the following calls Monday: n At 10:09 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 9:35 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of Ranney Avenue. n At 9:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2900 block of Beavercreek Drive...
Police report 12/24/2008 (12/24/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Britni A. Crocker, 22, 2859 Whitener St., Apt. B2, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for seat-belt violation and a Poplar Bluff, Mo., warrant for failure to appear for nonmoving traffic violation...
Out of the past 12/24/08 (12/24/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 24, 1983 West Park Lanes is set to open Monday on Silver Springs Road; the 40,000-square-foot facility, a project of Drury Industries, is equipped with 24 lanes and is expected to have 40 lanes when the need arises. Town Plaza Cinema 5 is observing its 10th anniversary with a number of special events, including free passes to be given away weekly; the cinema opened its doors Dec. ...
Correction 12/24/08 (12/24/08)
Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty of Jackson was mistakenly included on a list of expired business licenses in the January issue of Business Today. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Christmas greetings (12/24/08)
Well, here we are. Christmas Eve 2008. Unless something has gone amiss, you should be ready to kick back with loved ones, eat ample holiday foods and savor the joys of the holiday. Granted, not all among us look with equal anticipation to today or tomorrow. For a variety of reasons, there will be those who have little joy in their lives, and today may not be as important. I suspect that will never change...
Thanks for giving (12/24/08)
It is traditional to make charitable gifts near the end of the year, especially in the weeks leading up to Christmas and before the Dec. 31 deadline for tax purposes. There is something about the spirit of the religious overtones of the season. And maybe the tax man spurs some of the generous giving...
Christmas story (12/24/08)
It is a simple story, but the birth in a stable 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 12/24/08 (12/24/08)
Seeing the program I ATTENDED the third-grade program at Alma Schrader Elementary School. It was a wonderful program. The parents and teachers spent so much time on the costumes and songs. I wonder why they never use the stage. Unless you were on the first two or three rows, you couldn't see any of the actions of the children. There is so much work that goes into the program. Being able to see the children would be appreciated by all...
Angels Among Us (12/24/08)
A Christmas tree angel at Saxony Village.
Christmas Festivities (12/24/08)
Saxony Village residents gather for the annual Christmas party on December 22, 2008
Contrast in Lights at Christmas (12/24/08)
Beautifully lighted house in Advance, with gorgeous sundown in background.
Warm Yourself by the Fire (12/24/08)
One of the many beautiful Christmas scenes at Saxony Village, There are 22 beautiful Christmas trees throughout Saxony Manor.
Christmas Eve Sunset (12/24/08)
The sun had just passed the horizon when I snapped this photo. You could not ask for a more beautiful sunset on Christmas eve. Photo taken at the corner of Silver Spring and Bloomfield in Cape Girardeau.
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