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Winter storm watch (01/25/09)
The National Weather Service has predicted a possible "major ice storm" to hit this area between Monday night and Wednesday morning. A winter storm watch issued Sunday indicates a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to affect all of Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky and the extreme northwest tip of Tennessee...
Genealogical group to meet Tuesday (01/25/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 E. Washington St., Jackson. The program, "Local Characters: Writing the History of Ordinary People," will be presented by Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff, professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University, and will include research and writing tips...
Lawyers, judges expect increase in debt lawsuits (01/25/09)
Every Thursday morning, bailiffs in Associate Circuit Judge Peter Statler's courtroom call out the names of people being sued to collect debts. Few people appear to contest the cases, and Statler regularly issues default judgments that can follow people for decades...
Help with creditors (01/25/09)
The rights of debtors and the responsibilities of debt collectors are spelled out in the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The law was passed in 1978 and substantially modified in 2006 when bankruptcy laws were rewritten. Among the rules: n Collectors may only make collection calls between 8 a.m. ...
Attendance about even at Osage Community Centre garage sale despite economy (01/25/09)
Close to 1,000 people attended Saturday's winter garage sale at the Osage Community Centre, but that's in line with other quarterly garage sales, manager Penny Williams said. "With the economy, you would think attendance would increase, but no," she said...
Dexter's Gospel Mission sees its business booming (01/25/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- While industries across the country are feeling the effect of the economic downturn and business owners are suffering from slower retail sales, at least one local organization is seeing a boom. The Stoddard County Gospel Mission has increasing number of clients this winter, and the facility's director, Betty Lemons, said it's a direct result of the hard financial times. Lemons estimates the increase at about 20 percent in recent months...
Documentary commemorates 200 years of Missouri newspapers (01/25/09)
A documentary chronicling Missouri's contributions to journalism will air at 9 p.m. Feb. 9 on WSIU public broadcasting station in Carbondale, Ill. Rust Communications chairman Gary Rust and co-presidents Jon Rust and Rex Rust appear in the one-hour presentation, "Trustees for the Public: 200 Years of Missouri Newspapers."...
Roy Blunt 'seriously' weighing Senate bid (01/25/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Seven-term U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt has placed himself among Republicans weighing possible 2010 campaigns to succeed Sen. Kit Bond, who will retire after four terms. Blunt, a former two-term secretary of state, was among the first Republicans mentioned as potential candidates after Bond, 69, announced earlier this month he would not seek a fifth term...
Experts: 'Co-sleeping' with baby never OK (01/25/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Unsafe sleep practices are causing otherwise healthy babies to die in St. Louis, city police and medical experts said Friday. They said preventing such deaths is as easy as ABC -- a baby should sleep Alone, on its Back and in a Crib. The St. Louis city medical examiner's office listed unsafe sleeping practices as the cause of 19 baby deaths last year, 14 in 2007, and eight in 2006. Already this year, a 2-month-old boy was found lifeless at home while sleeping with his parent...
Illinois governor hires Drew Peterson's PR firm (01/25/09)
CHICAGO -- Illinois' embattled governor has hired the same public relations firm that represents another much-in-the-news Illinoisan -- former suburban police sergeant Drew Peterson. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to employ the Tampa, Fla.-based Publicity Agency comes amid a newly launched media blitz, which will include a Monday appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live."...
Hudson River pilot: We were just doing our jobs (01/25/09)
DANVILLE, Calif. -- Thousands of people holding signs and waving flags cheered Saturday to honor the pilot who safely landed a US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River. He told them he and his crew were only doing their jobs. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was given a hero's homecoming, complete with a marching band, in Danville, the San Francisco suburb where he and his family live...
Epic snowball fight plan falls through at Wis. university (01/25/09)
MADISON, Wis. -- When a whistle blew Saturday afternoon, two teams of University of Wisconsin-Madison students pelted each other with snowballs, but the 45-minute battle won't be going down in history. Freshman organizer Mike Basak had hoped the epic snowball fight would break a 2006 record set by 3,700 students at Michigan Technological University, but acknowledged Saturday the turnout at his school was disappointing...
Gaza children return to school after war (01/25/09)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Tens of thousands of children returned to schools across Gaza on Saturday after three weeks of war, playing games for some relief from the devastation and telling friends and teachers about the explosions they heard and relatives they lost...
Iraq to reopen Abu Ghraib prison (01/25/09)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq will reopen the notorious Abu Ghraib prison next month, but it's getting a face lift and a new name, a senior justice official said Saturday. The heavily fortified compound of gray, stone-walled buildings and watchtowers has come to symbolize American abuse of some prisoners captured in Iraq after photos were released showing U.S. soldiers sexually humiliating inmates at the facility...
Habitat for Humanity gets off the ground in Marble Hill (01/25/09)
Thomas and Laura Mortellaro of O'Fallon, Mo., at one time planned to retire to Marble Hill. They lived there in the 1970s when he worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., before they moved to the St. Louis area. They're retired now, but because of some health problems they can't build the retirement home they planned to have on High Street...
What's happening today 1/25/09 (01/25/09)
Book signing held at Barnes & Noble Author Laura Benedict will be at the West Park Mall to sign her new book, "Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts." Benedict also penned "Isabella Moon" and "Surreal South." She will be signing her works at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble...
Wednesdays are free movie days at Cape West 14 Cine (01/25/09)
The 2009 Family Winter Series at Cape West 14 Cine is offering six free family movies on Wednesdays, Jan. 28 to March 4. Discounted "Kiddie Combos," with popcorn, soft drink and candy are $4, and if purchased a day or more in advance, guarantee seats. You may also purchase a series combo and guarantee seating for all six shows...
Good deed of the week 1/25/09 (01/25/09)
Team effort benefits pediatric patients The Cape Central High School boys basketball team donated Christmas gifts to pediatric patients at Saint Francis Medical Center Children's Center. It is the second year the team has cut their practice short to shop for age and gender-specific items to give to children unable to spend the holiday at home. ...
Honors go to Bootheel father-son farm team (01/25/09)
NEW MADRID -- Peter Rost looks forward to working every day -- not only because he is doing something he loves, but because his farming operations partner is his son, Peter Rost Jr. "I'm glad he's out there," said Rost, adding he's lucky to have that opportunity. "It's fun working with him, and we do get along really good."...
Missouri State University Dean's list (01/25/09)
SPRINGFIELD Mo. -- Each semester, students at Missouri State University who attain academic excellence are named to the dean's list. For undergraduate students, criteria include enrollment in at least 12 credit hours during the fall semester and at least a 3.50 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale). Of the 14,770 degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled during the fall 2008 semester, 3,881 earned a spot on the list...
Mentoring recognition: January is National Mentoring Month (01/25/09)
A single mother of two, 20-year-old Cortney Goodin is not inclined to let obstacles get in the way of her desire to succeed. Her mentor, Sunshine Gibbons, has helped boost Goodin's confidence parenting and find answers to questions about parenting and future plans through a local mentoring group, the Missouri Mentoring Partnership...
Ailing Indiana student wins Miss America crown (01/25/09)
LAS VEGAS — Katie Stam of Indiana was crowned Miss America on Saturday night, fighting off a throat infection, laryngitis and 51 other contestants to win the 88-year-old pageant. The 22-year-old University of Indianapolis student drew loud applause for her rendition of "Via Dolorosa" during the talent portion of the pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip...
Sophia Wallgren (01/25/09)
Sophia R. Wallgren, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Paul Short officiating...
Dorothy Mae Kirkpatrick (01/25/09)
Dorothy Mae Kirkpatrick MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dorothy Mae Kirkpatrick, 69, of Marble Hill died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born Jan. 23, 1940, at Mayfield, Mo., daughter of Marion Bennett and Ruby Louvenia Hale Welker. She and George William "Willie" Kirkpatrick were married May 19, 1961, at Marquand. He died Oct. 26, 2008...
Michele Mungle (01/25/09)
Michele L. Mungle of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.
Orville Bowers (01/25/09)
Orville Bowers Orville T. Bowers, 88, of Jackson died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson. The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Glen Slusher (01/25/09)
Glen Slusher BENTON, Mo. -- Glen W. Slusher, 78, of Benton died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Lamar, Ark., to the late Ira F. and Villar Curtis Slusher. Slusher was a prominent area farmer and businessman. He owned and operated Slusher Farms near Benton and Slusher Farm and Home Center in Sikeston, Mo., more than 35 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. Slusher was past commander of American Legion Post 369 in Benton...
Mildred Davis (01/25/09)
Mildred Davis CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mildred Davis, 95, of Chaffee died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Lula Mae Schneider (01/25/09)
Lula Mae Schneider PATTON, Mo. -- Lula Mae Fulton Schneider, 95, of Patton went to be with our Lord on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, from Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo. Lula had received care there for the past several weeks. Lula was born March 11, 1913, at Patton, the daughter of James R. and Rosetta Fadler Fulton. She was the sixth of nine children. She married Vester Schneider in the 1930s, and they were later divorced...
Donna Allen (01/25/09)
Donna Allen SALEM, Mo. -- Donna Faye Allen, 70, of Salem passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, in St. Louis. She was born July 3, 1938, in Gainsville, Mo., daughter of Claude and Osa Loftis. She and Ralph Allen were married April 15, 1953, and to this union eight children were born...
Howard Schremp (01/25/09)
Howard Schremp PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Howard P. Schremp, 77, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Perry County, Mo., son of Arthur and Bernice Fenwick Schremp. He and Jean Hunt were married Sept. 1, 1951, in Perryville. She survives...
Horrell - Weatherspoon (01/25/09)
Julie Marena Horrell and Ryan Christopher Weatherspoon were married June 21, 2008, at Catholic Church of Ste. Genevieve in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Monsignor Dan Mosley performed the ceremony. Eucharistic minister was Debbie Gaines of Oran, Mo., aunt of the bride. Organist was Al Keiser and vocalist was Lynn Terry, both of Ste. Genevieve...
Bertrand - Prasanphanich (01/25/09)
Amber Marie Bertrand and David Edward Prasanphanich were united in marriage June 21, 2008, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. David Hulshof performed the ceremony. Vocalists were Christy Hey of St. Louis and Dennis Browning of Cape Girardeau, uncle of the bride...
Sorrells - Horrell (01/25/09)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Jennifer Lynn Sorrells and Andrew Michael Horrell were married April 19, 2008, at Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church in East Prairie. The Rev. Jim Norris of Jackson, grandfather of the bride, and the Rev. James Schaefer of Ozora, Mo., performed the ceremony. Reader was Kelly Spies of Whitewater. Pianist was Nancy Bird and vocalist was Kevin Mainord, both of East Prairie...
Gosche - Hermann (01/25/09)
Amanda Marie Gosche and Bradley Michael Hermann exchanged wedding vows Sept. 13, 2008, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. David Hulshof performed the ceremony. Pianist was Cheryl Oberhaus. Vocalists were Alan Bruns, Diane Mueller and Caroline Coulter...
Schmitt - Malahy (01/25/09)
Christy Renee Schmitt and Russell Adam Malahy were married Sept. 20, 2008, in Darby, Mont. Judge Clute performed the ceremony. Parents of the bride are Dennis and Donna Schmitt of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Ed and Deanna Kranawetter and Barry Malahy, all of Jackson...
Bill - Hoppe (01/25/09)
Larry and Tina Bill of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Bill, to Justin Hoppe. He is the son of Hal and Lisa Hoppe of Columbia, Ill. Bill is a 2003 graduate of Jackson High School, and a 2006 graduate of Missouri State University. She is a manager at Crown Optical in St. Louis...
Cook - Taylor (01/25/09)
Steven Cook and Teresa Cook of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Staci Dawn Cook, to Kenneth James Taylor, both of Birmingham, Ala. He is the son of Johnnie and Karen Taylor of Hattiesburg, Miss. Cook is a 2004 graduate of Central High School. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008...
Burger - Page (01/25/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Jamie and Sherry Burger of Benton announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Anne Burger, to Wesley Lucas Page, both of Scott City. He is the son of Kenny and Diane Page of Scott City. Burger received a bachelor of arts degree from St. Louis University in 2004. She is an account coordinator at Red Letter Communications Inc...
Buechter - Lusk (01/25/09)
Kenn and Terry Buechter of St. Louis announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Ann Buechter, to Capt. Justin Durand Lusk. He is the son of Lonnie and Debbie Lusk of Cape Girardeau. Buechter is a 2004 graduate of Rosati-Kain High School. She expects to receive a doctorate degree in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2010...
Ponder - Roberts (01/25/09)
Darla Scott of Jackson and Lonnie Ponder of Sikeston, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Drew Alicia Ponder, to Senior Airman Darel Ryan Roberts. He is the son of Melba Taylor of Benton, Mo., and Rob Roberts of Jackson. Ponder is a 2005 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, and attended Southeast Missouri State University. She is a dental assistant at Bennett Family Dentistry...
Estes - 70 years (01/25/09)
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Estes of Jackson recently observed their 70th wedding anniversary. Estes and Arvella Rhodes were married Nov. 23, 1938, in Jackson. The couple has four children, Carol (James) Craft, Wayne (Mary Lou) Estes, Ronald (Susan) Estes, all of Jackson, and Wanda (Ronald) Devenport of St. Charles, Mo...
Police Report 1/25/09 (01/25/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Darryl E. Tollison, 47, 1022 Sturdivant St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for driving while intoxicated. Arrests n A subject is in custody pending formal charges for forgery...
Fire Report 1/25/09 (01/25/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 6:18 p.m., a still alarm at 420 S. Benton St. n At 6:33 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1600 block of Grandview Drive. n At 7:12 p.m., an alarm at 2825 Bloomfield Road...
Out of the Past 1/25/09 (01/25/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 25, 1984 Financial Bancshares Inc., a Missouri multibank holding company, has completed an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in the Bank of Illmo at Scott City. In two burglaries reported yesterday, more than $5,000 worth of tools and other items were taken from a Fruitland equipment shop, Missouri Industrial Equipment, and several hundred dollars worth of food were taken from North Elementary School in Fruitland...
Kurt Warner, faith and gridiron victory (01/25/09)
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of watching the Cardinals-Eagles NFC championship game at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau. The atmosphere was electric as the crowd cheered overwhelmingly for the Cardinals. Why? Kurt Warner, of course. The former Rams quarterback retains a strong following in Missouri, in large part because of his success in St. Louis as a relative unknown...
A dozen presidents (01/25/09)
It's amazing to think that, in my lifetime, 12 U.S. presidents have been inaugurated: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama. As the nation moves on from an inauguration week filled with hope and excitement, I find myself processing tidbits of information about the dozen most recent presidents, some from my own memories and some from historical sources...
His & Hers: What he loves about her (01/25/09)
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller use this space to offer their views on everyday issues. HE SAID In my estimation, President Obama won his election on the premise and promise of hope. That's an interesting concept in these days and times, considering all the weighty sludge that oozes down our economic gutter. Perhaps that message of hope is what people want to hear these days. That silver-lining approach...
Parents must take on leadership role (01/25/09)
Dear Dr. Dobson: If punishment is never recommended for an infant, what form of discipline is appropriate at that age? Dear Reader: The answer is loving leadership. Parents should have the courage to do what is right for their babies, even if they protest vigorously. ...
A tale of heroism at its finest (01/25/09)
The miraculous landing of a passenger jetliner in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport is a hero's story, and US Airways pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III is that hero. In a matter of a few hundred seconds, Sullenberger evaluated his options as the disabled aircraft began to lose altitude. He considered returning to LaGuardia. He considered using a runway at nearby Teterboro, N.J. And he considered landing in the river. He chose the river...
Speak Out 1/25/09 (01/25/09)
Column math RON Hart's Jan. 16 column said: "That it took eight years and two wars to increase the deficit $1.5 trillion ... " I wish to correct him. When President Bush entered office in January 2001, we had a national deficit of $5.75 trillion. We now have a deficit approaching $10.75 trillion. Hart better brush up on his math...
Water Dog (01/25/09)
This is Josey, and as you can see, she loves the water. I adopted her from Humane Society almost two years ago and she's been my best friend ever since. Josey enjoys tennis balls (squeaky ones are the best!), riding in the truck and going horseback riding...
Rock on deck (01/25/09)
Rock on deck watching cows
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