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Stories from Sunday, January 18, 2009

Government office closings on Monday (01/18/09)
City, county, state and federal offices and U.S. Post Office outlets are closed Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Schools are closed in the city of Cape Girardeau and Jackson, but the Jackson school administration office will be open...
Monday events mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day (01/18/09)
Debra Mitchell-Braxton has been organizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day events for 30 years. She is adamant that Monday is "a day on, not a day off," she said Sunday afternoon. King's "whole philosophy is to serve others and for there to be equality," she said...
Basketball has helped Leopold student Darren VanGennip maintain a positive outlook (01/18/09)
LEOPOLD, Mo. Darren VanGennip spent long days practicing basketball on the court behind St. John's Catholic Church in Leopold after his mother's death from lung and bone cancer, his father's suicide and the deployment of both his brother and sister to Iraq...
Local pecan crop fares better than many expected after severe weather (01/18/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- When the remnants of Hurricane Ike moved through the area in the fall, the storms knocked large numbers of pecans off trees at area orchards. But the crop fared better than expected, and one local retailer that cracks and shells pecans is backed up with the biggest demand ever...
Football project extension on Jackson board agenda (01/18/09)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen will decide Tuesday whether to extend the contract to finish the Jackson Football Park project. The football park project contract is with the Jackson Area Youth Football League and ASA Asphalt Inc. Although the football park is owned by the city, no municipal funds are being spent on the project, according to parks and recreation director Shane Anderson...
Skiing accident claims life of former Cape Girardeau resident (01/18/09)
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- June Kang, 65, formerly of Cape Girardeau, was killed in a skiing accident Friday in Vail, Colo. She was born in 1943 in Seoul, Korea, daughter of the late Lee Sung Kuk (father) and Lee Hang Sun (mother). She and Han Mu Kang were married July 1, 1967, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Area Habitat for Humanity contributes to national day of service (01/18/09)
For most of Saturday, the sounds of hammers and electric saws could be heard in and around a house being built at 1428 Ozark St. in Cape Girardeau. The home is one of three being built by volunteers for Cape Area Habitat for Humanity. On Saturday, it and one of two Habitat houses on Country Club Drive were the focus of volunteers responding to Michelle Obama's call for a nationwide day of service as part of the inauguration festivities. ...
Local teens to attend Obama inauguration (01/18/09)
When Barack Obama is sworn in as this nation's 44th president, Jackson High School student Megan Keesee will be in Washington, D.C., to witness history in the making. She and five other local high school juniors left Saturday for the events. "More than any other inauguration, I think this is going to be a changing point in history. I really look forward to being a part of that and seeing Obama sworn into office," said Keesee, 16. "Someday I can tell my grandchildren that I was there."...
Foundation's concerns remain over plans for St. Louis Arch (01/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The president of the Danforth Foundation in St. Louis says a draft plan for the future of the Gateway Arch grounds still appears to be inconsistent with its vision for the site. The National Park Service issued its latest draft Thursday, which doesn't make clear if a major new attraction would be allowed on site -- something the foundation has sought...
St. Louis-area desegregation program ending (01/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Demetrius Adams' memories of his first day as a desegregation transfer student run from the number assigned to the bus (TSP006) that carried him from St. Louis to his first impression of the south St. Louis County neighborhood surrounding his new school...
Attorneys for Ill. gov. withdraw from trial in Senate (01/18/09)
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich's team of defense attorneys announced Friday they would withdraw from his upcoming impeachment trial, with two comparing it to a "lynching," 10 days before the case was set to begin in the Illinois Senate. Lead attorney Edward M. Genson disassociated himself from any lynching talk but did say the rules of the impeachment trial, the first of its kind in Illinois history, "were extraordinarily unfair" and meant the governor would be convicted...
Mo. retirement fund lost $3.5M to scam (01/18/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's treasurer says the state's retirement account is among thousands of investors and financial institutions entangled in an investment scheme. Bernard Madoff, the former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market, confessed last month to taking $50 billion in a Ponzi scheme...
People urged to avoid peanut butter products (01/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- People should avoid eating cookies, ice cream and similar products that contain peanut butter until the government knows more about possible salmonella contamination. But there is no indication that major brands of peanut butter sold in stores are a problem...
Cold grips Northeast; South, Midwest get relief (01/18/09)
BOSTON -- Bitter cold kept its grip on the Northeast on Saturday, while warmer temperatures brought relief to the Midwest and Southeast. A day after schools in a dozen states closed and Alabama was colder than Alaska, temperatures in the South climbed into the 40s, thawing water fountains and pipes. Parts of the Northeast, however, persisted with temperatures barely in the teens...
Sponsor will keep eternal flame going (01/18/09)
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. -- A communications company has offered to help an Arizona town pay the steep natural gas bills for its new eternal flame at a veterans memorial. Bullhead City turned the flame off Jan. 5 after it received a $961 bill for the first full month of service. The flame was re-lit several days later after protests from veterans who had worked to build the memorial...
Packing a nation's hopes, Obama rides rails to D.C. (01/18/09)
ABOARD LOCOMOTIVE 44 -- Tracking Abraham Lincoln's historic path to Washington, D.C., president-elect Barack Obama launched a four-day inaugural celebration Saturday from Philadelphia to the nation's capital before thousands of chilled but cheering onlookers. He promised to bring the country "a new Declaration of Independence" -- free from small thinking, prejudice and bigotry...
NTSB: Pilot landed plane in Hudson to avoid catastrophe (01/18/09)
NEW YORK -- The pilot of a crippled US Airways jetliner made a split-second decision to put down in the Hudson River because trying to return to the airport after birds knocked out both engines could have led to a "catastrophic" crash in a populated neighborhood, he told investigators Saturday...
Israel begins unilateral Gaza cease-fire (01/18/09)
JERUSALEM -- Israel implemented a unilateral cease-fire early Sunday in its 22-day offensive that turned Gaza neighborhoods into battlegrounds and dealt a blow to the Islamic militants of Hamas. But Israeli troops will stay in the Palestinian territory for now and Hamas threatened to keep fighting until they leave...
American nudists released from jail in Brazil (01/18/09)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A U.S. couple indicted on charges of sexually abusing children at a Brazilian nudist colony has been released from jail pending trial. Frederic Calvin Louderback and Barbara Anner must remain in Brazil, where officials hold their passports, until the trial, lawyer Vitor Peruchin told The Associated Press in an e-mail late Friday...
Zimbabwe's opposition leader returns home (01/18/09)
The Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader returned home Saturday to face a dilemma: participate as a junior partner in a lopsided government of national unity or let President Robert Mugabe regain total control. Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change insisted he would not be bulldozed into agreement at a meeting Monday with bitter rival Mugabe and the presidents of South Africa, Mozambique and regional mediator Thabo Mbeki...
Taliban threats close Pakistan schools (01/18/09)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- In a dark echo of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, violent religious extremists in Pakistan are moving to restrict girls' education as they seek to impose a draconian version of Islamic law on a beleaguered population. In a northern valley where Taliban guerrillas have been waging a bloody war against security forces for more than a year, hard-liners have blown up or burned down some 170 schools, most of them for girls. ...
Researcher: N. Korea has 'weaponized' plutonium (01/18/09)
BEIJING -- North Korea has hardened its stance on disarmament, saying it has "weaponized" plutonium into warheads, but hopes for better ties with president-elect Barack Obama, a U.S. researcher who visited the North said Saturday. Officials say the weapons cannot be inspected and Pyongyang might keep them even if it normalizes relations with Washington, said Selig Harrison, director of the Washington-based Center for International Policy's Asia program...
U.S. moves 6 Gitmo detainees, rejects hearing postponements (01/18/09)
GUANTANAMO NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday that it transferred six detainees out of Guantanamo, leaving about 245 at the offshore prison as president-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office. Four detainees were sent to Iraq, one to Algeria and one to Afghanistan after a series of reviews, the Defense Department said in a statement...
Rights group: Uganda rebels killed 620 in Congo (01/18/09)
DAKAR, Senegal -- Ugandan rebels in eastern Congo have ruthlessly killed at least 620 people in the past month, and vulnerable civilians in the region desperately need protection, human rights groups said Saturday. Human Rights Watch said many of the attacks carried out by Lord's Resistance Army rebels appeared to have been premeditated, and victims' skulls were crushed with wooden bats and axes...
ND girls turn back Westminster (01/18/09)
Jane Morrill posted a double-double and Alex Fowler knocked down four 3-pointers to lift the Notre Dame girls basketball team in a 55-50 victory at Westminster in St. Louis County on Saturday afternoon. Morrill, a 6-foot junior, had a team-leading 21 points and 15 rebounds in her battle against Westminster's 6-3 junior, Kelly Penning. Penning finished with 10 points and five rebounds...
Southeast women get back on track (01/18/09)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team bounced back from perhaps its most disappointing loss of the season. Southeast pulled away in the second half to beat visiting Eastern Kentucky 71-54 on Saturday night, two days after never holding the lead during a home defeat against Morehead State...
Redhawks drop eighth straight on last-second shot (01/18/09)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team finally got Calvin Williams back. Yet the losing streak continued for the Redhawks on Saturday night -- and in gut-wrenching fashion. The Redhawks staged several furious comebacks only to see Eastern Kentucky's Mike Rose hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer...
Southeast gymnasts break out at home (01/18/09)
Southeast Missouri State's first home gymnastics meet of the season provided the Redhawks just the lift they were looking for. The Redhawks bettered their previous high score this year by three points during a victory against Illinois-Chicago. Southeast beat the Flames 194.700 to 192.550 on Saturday in front of about 500 fans at Houck Field House...
Mary Hargiss (01/18/09)
Mary Hargiss Mary Burns Hargiss, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 2, 1912, in Bollinger County, Mo., daughter of Marvin and Clara Lincoln Burns. She and Glenn Hargiss were married June 21, 1930, in Marble Hill, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1991...
Irene Stratman (01/18/09)
Irene Stratman ADVANCE, Mo. -- Irene Stratman, 77, of Advance died Jan. 16, 2009, at Puxico Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 18, 1931, in McGee, Mo., daughter of Jess and Minnie Jackson Hardesty. She and Hurman Stratman were married Dec. 23, 1960, in Advance. He died in 1993...
James Jackson (01/18/09)
James Jackson James "Ronnie" Jackson, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at home. He was born July 20, 1952, at Sikeston, Mo., son of James Preston and Lovetta Justine "Tina" Alberson Jackson. Jackson was a carpenter employed by Jeff Jackson. He belonged to Commerce Baptist Church and Servants of Savior International Ministry...
Paul VanGennip (01/18/09)
Paul VanGennip ADVANCE, Mo. -- Paul VanGennip, 94, of Advance died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at the Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Sept. 22, 1914, at Dongola, Mo., son of John Franklin and Nellie Maude Sample VanGennip. He and Ruby Jane Fowler were married Sept. 2, 1939 at Marble Hill, Mo. She died June 30, 2000...
Lucas Neumann (01/18/09)
Lucas Neumann Lucas James Neumann, 11 days old, of Jackson died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 4, 2009, in Cape Girardeau, second son of Lee R. and Carrie Miller Neumann of Jackson. Survivors include his parents; a brother, Dylan Neumann of Jackson; paternal grandparents, Martin and Susan Neumann of Jackson; paternal great-grandmother, Floy Neumann of Cheboygan, Mich.; maternal grandmother, Linda Miller of Jackson; and maternal great-grandparents, Walter and Anna Louise Schroeder of North Aurora, Ill.. ...
J. Hugh Smith (01/18/09)
J. Hugh Smith Mr. Smith was born June 24, 1934, the adopted son of Attorney R. P. Smith and Vernia May Smith. A 1952 graduate of Central High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and won several district and state oratorical contests. He attended Southeast Missouri State and Washington universities for a total of four years...
Births 1/17/09 (01/18/09)
Thomas Son to Samuel Anthony and Carrie Jane Thomas of Sikeston, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:49 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Name, Samuel Cash. Weight, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Thomas is the former Carrie Potashnick, daughter of Sam and Janie Potashnick of Sikeston. She is office manager at PTI. Thomas is the son of Sam Thomas of Cape Girardeau and Sherry Blair of Algonquin, Ill. He is owner of Sam's Fine Jewelry...
klim - turnbow (01/18/09)
Nicole Klim and Adam Turnbow exchanged vows Aug. 16, 2008, at the studio Inn in St. Albans, Mo. The Rev. Robert Henrichs performed the ceremony. Music was by the Heritage String Quartet. The bride is the daughter of William and Dana Klim of Jackson...
kohrman - haupt (01/18/09)
Kimberlie Suzanne Kohrman and Robert Aaron Haupt were united in marriage Aug. 30, 2008, at the Rock Garden in Jackson City Park. Jay Browning performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Bryan and Wendy McCoy of Jackson and Joe and Jennifer Kohrman of Clover, S.C. The groom is the son of Johnnie and Kathie Haupt of Fruitland...
Browning - moore (01/18/09)
Tori Denise Browning and Jason Wayne Moore were married June 7, 2008, at Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Wes Bennett of Hot Springs, Ark., performed the ceremony. Pianist was Roger Blankenship of Jackson. Soloists were Dennis Browning, father of the bride; Amelia Farrow, both of Cape Girardeau; and Roger Blankenship...
mcnulty - craig (01/18/09)
Rebecca Susan McNulty and Paul Hugh Craig were married Aug. 16, 2008, at Nye Community Church in Nye, Mont. Paul Lindley performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Robert McNulty of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and LaDonna McNulty of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Russel and Dianne Craig of Balclutha, South Otago, New Zealand...
Moore - null (01/18/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Viola and Tim Wilkinson of Marble Hill announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Marie Moore, to James Louis Null. He is the son of Jim and Naomi Null of Marble Hill. Moore is also the daughter of the late Tom Moore. A Jan. 31 wedding is planned at Little Valley Baptist Church...
burk - mccraw (01/18/09)
Gary Burk of Cape Girardeau and Donna Oldham of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Tracy Burk, to Cody McCraw. He is the son of Dale McCraw of Altenburg, Mo., and Kim Ricketts of Grassy, Mo. Burk is a 2007 graduate of Jackson High School...
Clark - gjerstad (01/18/09)
Ron and Cindy Gjerstad of Jackson announce the engagement of their son, Garrett Gjerstad, to Marianne Clark. She is the daughter of Bob and Teri Clark of Houston, Texas. Clark received a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2008. She is marketing and graphic design coordinator at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo...
fluegge - gantner (01/18/09)
Randy and Terri Fluegge of Wildwood, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Fluegge, to Daniel John Gantner. He is the son of Daniel and Alexandra Gantner of Wildwood and Catherine Farrell of Lake St. Louis, Mo...
Erbs - bohnsack (01/18/09)
Ronald and Doris Erbs of St. Louis announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Erbs, to Craig Bohnsack, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Darell and Dolores Bohnsack of Jackson. Erbs is a 1999 graduate of Affton High School in St. Louis. ...
Pinkerton - perry (01/18/09)
Chelsea Roxanne Pinkerton and Douglas Drew Perry announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Lisa Pinkerton of Jackson, and the late Jeffrey Pinkerton. Perry is the son of John and Deanna Perry of Jackson. Pinkerton is a 2008 graduate of Jackson High School. She is attending Trendsetters School of Cosmetology...
wilson - johns (01/18/09)
Delbert and LaRue Wilson of East Prairie, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Margaret Wilson of Jackson, to Troy David Johns of Sikeston, Mo. He is the son of Alice Johns of Kewanee, Mo., and the late Ralph Johns. Wilson is a graduate of East Prairie High School and Southeast Missouri State University. She is supervising tax auditor with Missouri Department of Revenue, Field Compliance Bureau in Cape Girardeau...
glenn - carbaugh (01/18/09)
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Glenn of Scott City announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Jane Glenn, to James Clayton Carbaugh. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Moore of Jackson, and Ted Carbaugh of Cape Girardeau. Glenn is a 1998 graduate of Scott City High School. ...
livesay - callaway (01/18/09)
Nick and Teresa Livesay of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Livesay, to David Callaway. He is the son of Michael and Sandy Callaway of Daisy. Livesay is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. She is attending Metro Business College...
felty - 70 years (01/18/09)
Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Felty of Millersville celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at their home Dec. 20, 2008, with their family. Felty and Virginia Summers were married Dec. 21, 1938, at Marble Hill, Mo., by the Rev. Fulbright. They have three children, Carol (Jim) Sawyer of O'Fallon, Mo., Virgil (Loudeen) Felty of Millersville, and Saundra (Don) Crader of Marble Hill...
green - 50 years (01/18/09)
Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Green of Jackson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a luncheon reception Jan. 10, 2009, at the home of Jason and Holly Crooks. Hosts were their children, Holly Crooks and Tim Green, both of Jackson. Green and Lela Runnels were married Jan. 10, 1959, at Marble Hill, Mo., by the Rev. Will Liley...
glaab - 50 years (01/18/09)
Mr. and Mrs. August Glaab Jr. of Cape Girardeau recently observed their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple was married Jan. 2, 1959, at Tamms Baptist Church, by the Rev. Floyd Lacey. Their attendants were Elaine Crain, Eleanor Duff, the late Gordon Glaab, and Roy Hearell...
Heise - 50 years (01/18/09)
Ivan and Doris Heise of Cape Girardeau recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Jan. 8, 1959. The couple has three children, Debbie, Roy and Lisa. They have six grandchildren, Michael, Alisha, Tim, Chris, Ashley and Shelly; and two great-grandchildren...
Fire Report 1/18/09 (01/18/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 6:53 a.m., an alarm sounding at 101 S. Mount Auburn Road. n At 7:25 a.m., a citizen assist at 1400 S. West End Blvd. n At 7:40 a.m., a still alarm at Sheridan Drive and Independence Street...
Police Report 1/18/09 (01/18/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Natasha L. Thomas, 612 Sycamore St., Apt. 3, was arrested on an Alexander County, Ill., warrant for failure to appear for driving while intoxicated and suspicion of false declaration...
Out of the Past 1/18/09 (01/18/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 18, 1984 More than 600 farmers and business men and women attended the Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee's 24th annual Farm Appreciation Day yesterday at the Arena Building; the event was highlighted with a presentation by BioKyowa Inc., now nearing completion of the first phase of its plant on Nash Road...
Prayer 011809 (01/18/09)
Our voices sing your praises, O God, and our prayers laud your divine majesty. Amen.
Potluck diplomacy: Missourians shouldn't be scared to eat what their neighbors cook (01/18/09)
Over my lifetime, I reckon I have participated in hundreds of potluck dinners and suppers. But who's counting? I have enjoyed homemade dishes prepared by family members, friends, church members, monks, fraternal organizations, hippies, PTAs, politicians, Boy Scouts and campfire hot-dog roasters...
Cape County Cowboy Church (01/18/09)
If you build it, they will come. Look at the growth and construction of churches in Cape Girardeau County during the past few years. There are some amazing examples of faith communities that have attracted hundreds of members. And none of this has seemed to lessen the numbers of worshippers elsewhere...
Speak Out 1/18/09 (01/18/09)
Dual increases HAS anyone noticed that the unemployment rate goes up as the minimum wage goes up? Thoughtful ideas CONGRATULATIONS to the teacher who shared the most intelligent way of grading papers. She was right on point with many positive ideas. ...
Winter Beauty (01/18/09)
These pictures were taken in Bollinger County during Deer Season 2008. Some call them Ice Flowers or Frost Flowers. They are very beautiful and mostly come and go unnoticed in the Fall of the year. These may not be suitable for your use. If not,just enjoy and discard...
Drivin Rain singer Timexx Nasty has officially joined HERMAN ZE GERMAN with legendary Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell (01/18/09)
Sweet Sounds Management and Cabala Productions is proud to announce that Drivin Rain singer Timexx Nasty has officially joined HERMAN ZE GERMAN featuring the legendary Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell. HzG will also start a tour in early fall that will take them world wide live!...
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