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Stories from Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ice storm may bring Scott County closer to getting special business tax abatement zone (12/02/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- There may be a silver lining to the big gray cloud of the January ice storms after all for Scott County. The storms have qualified the entire county to become an Enhanced Enterprise Zone. A public hearing for the Scott County Enhanced Enterprise Zone was held during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday...
Drives kick off Thursday to raise money, collect toys for Toys for Tots (12/02/09)
Organizations will be hosting several events starting Thursday to collect money and toys for Toys for Tots. Members of the Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1081 will be at Schnucks in Cape Girardeau for a 24 hour drive starting at 4 p.m. "We have a couple of guys who are pretty motivated to stay out there all night," said Charles DiStefano, local Toys for Tots coordinator and member of the league...
Death sentence overturned in 2002 Cape Girardeau County murder (12/02/09)
Mark A. Gill will face another jury that will decide whether he receives the death penalty for the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Ralph Lape, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said Tuesday.
Couple continue N'Orleans anniversary tradition despite its closure (12/02/09)
Ever since Jerry and Judy Young were married Dec. 1, 1962, they celebrated their wedding anniversary by dining at the Royal N'Orleans. While the Royal N'Orleans is no longer open, the Youngs still managed to spend some of Tuesday evening sipping a glass of champagne under the restaurant's awning...
Sikeston businessman arrested on sex crime charges (12/02/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston businessman has been arrested on three sex charges following an investigation of an October incident. Garry L. Warner, 66, was arrested Wednesday. He has been charged with the felonies of deviate sexual assault, felonious restraint and a misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct by Paul Boyd, Scott County Prosecuting Attorney...
Charter government presentation set for Dec. 10 commission meeting (12/02/09)
Residents will have another opportunity to learn more about a charter form of government during the Cape Girardeau County Commission's Dec. 10 meeting. Representatives from the League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri will present findings from an 11-page report that was first presented to a charter subcommittee in November 2008. ...
Governor appoints new Scott County circuit clerk (12/02/09)
Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Christy M. Hency, 36, of Oran, Mo., as the new Scott County circuit clerk. Hency, who is the chief deputy clerk, replaces Pam Glastetter, who resigned effective Monday after 15 years in office. Hency has worked in the circuit clerk's office since February 2004 and was employed as a clerk in the office from 1997 to 2000. ...
City to hold TTF-4 open house next week (12/02/09)
The public will get a look at the complete plan for Cape Girardeau road improvements next week during an open house before the city Planning and Zoning Commission votes to send the project list to the city council. The city is working on the fourth five-year plan for roads funded by a half-cent sales tax. The tax was first enacted in 1995 and has raised close to $60 million for street construction and repairs...
Convenience store clerks charged with selling liquor to minors (12/02/09)
Two area convenience stores face possible fines and suspension of their liquor licenses after an investigation found that workers at those establishments allegedly sold alcohol to a minor.
Provost candidate fields questions from SEMO staff (12/02/09)
Dr. Kathleen Rountree, one of three finalists for provost, said she believes the success of the region and Southeast Missouri State University are interdependent. "You will rise and fall together," she said during a Tuesday afternoon meeting with about 30 faculty and staff...
Perryville man seriously injured in crash (12/02/09)
HIGHLAND, Mo. -- A Perryville, Mo., man is in serious condition after his Chevrolet struck a vehicle that was stopped on County Road 606 Tuesday evening.
Early morning fire destroys vacant mobile home (12/02/09)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- A fire destroyed a vacant mobile home off Route M early Wednesday.
Vandals set fire to cotton bales in Dunklin County (12/02/09)
Staff photo by Joshua Payne Three cotton modules, belonging to Bill Anderson, located on Country Road 516 between Kennett and Senath, Mo., were set on fire Sunday night. ...
Disabled girl could use educational toys; elderly woman needs clothing (12/02/09)
Seven-year-old Kim is disabled. Her mother is single. Kim could really use toys that would help her learn, such as Leap Frog and Leap Pads. Toys that light up and make noise would help the most. Educational toys that teach how to lace shoes and those that work with shapes and colors would also help this special little girl this Christmas...
No injuries reported in Tuesday apartment fire (12/02/09)
Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to an apartment fire Tuesday on Fountain Street. Firefighter Matt Mittrucker said the fire was confined to a basement apartment. No injuries were reported, he said. "The apartment above it was vacant," he said. Crews responded to 513 N. ...
Advance man ejected from car in Monday accident (12/02/09)
SWINTON, Mo. -- An Advance, Mo., man was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital after he was ejected from his vehicle Monday night.
Forsee's climate change opposition draws attention (12/02/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- University of Missouri President Gary Forsee's business interests are drawing attention after he recently expressed opposition to federal climate change legislation. Forsee recently urged Missouri's congressional delegation to oppose the cap-and-trade legislation...
Army charges suspect in Ft. Hood shootings with 32 counts (12/02/09)
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- An Army psychiatrist was charged Wednesday with 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the deadly mass shooting at Fort Hood that also injured more than two dozen soldiers and two civilian police officers, military officials said.
Obama orders 30,000-troop boost in Afghanistan (12/02/09)
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Declaring "our security is at stake," President Barack Obama ordered an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into the long war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, nearly tripling the force he inherited but promising to begin withdrawal in 18 months...
Troops, families mixed over Afghan surge (12/02/09)
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- U.S. troops and military families say they have mixed feelings about President Barack Obama's plan to send 30,000 more American troops into Afghanistan. Bill Thomas, who watched the president's speech at his home near Camp Lejeune, N.C., said he supports Obama's plan as long as he doesn't send extra troops in vain. Thomas has a son headed to Afghanistan with the Marines next year...
Obama faces heavy lifting at jobs forum (12/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- The trouble is, the jobs just aren't there and many aren't coming back. That's not just a huge economic problem for President Barack Obama -- but a serious political one, too, as bailed-out Wall Street roars back while the already bleak U.S. unemployment rate grows worse...
New $100 billion safety net for jobless in works (12/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- As unemployment spikes, the cost of compassion is going up, too. By as much as $100 billion. That's the potential price of a push by Democrats in Congress to continue providing extra help to the jobless beyond the core 26-week unemployment insurance package provided under permanent law...
Tempers rise as Senate moves toward health vote (12/02/09)
WASHINGTON -- A Republican senator asserted Tuesday during a rancorous floor debate that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will shorten the lives of America's seniors by cutting Medicare. "I have a message for you: You're going to die sooner," said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., an obstetrician-turned-lawmaker...
South Africa plans measures to treat all HIV-positive babies (12/02/09)
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa announced ambitious new plans Tuesday for earlier and expanded treatment for HIV-positive babies and pregnant women, a change that could save hundreds of thousands of lives in the nation hardest hit by the virus that causes AIDS...
Iraqi shoe-thrower find out what it was like (12/02/09)
PARIS -- The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush in Baghdad last year had a taste of his own medicine Tuesday when he nearly got beaned by a shoe thrower at a news conference in Paris. Muntadhar al-Zeidi ducked and the shoe hit the wall behind him...
Iran warns it could prosecute British sailors (12/02/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran warned on Tuesday that it will prosecute five British sailors if it is proven they had "bad intentions" when their 60-foot racing yacht entered its waters, in what Britain says was an innocent case of a vessel accidentally going astray in the Persian Gulf...
High school roundup: Panthers reach Woodland semis (12/02/09)
All the local high school action from Tuesday that was reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Indians hold off Bobcats at line (12/02/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Chelsie Boxdorfer knocked down both of her free throws to give St. Vincent a comfortable lead in the closing minutes Tuesday. The Indians swatted away pesky Delta by hitting their free throws in the closing minutes of their 55-42 victory...
Samuel will return for 2010 (12/02/09)
Southeast Missouri State athletic director John Shafer has put to rest speculation regarding the status of football coach Tony Samuel. Shafer said Tuesday that Samuel will return for the 2010 season, which will mark the final campaign of his original five-year contract that expires Jan. 31, 2011...
Area digest 12/2/09 (12/02/09)
Jared Tanz placed first in the 1-mile Toy Box Run on Sunday. Runners traveled 1 mile down Broadway before the start of the Parade of Lights. Tanz finished in 4 minutes, 30 seconds. Brandon Dragone placed second in 4:35, while Delbert Marriott was third in 4:56...
MLB stimulant exemptions given to 108 ADHD players (12/02/09)
NEW YORK -- There was just one positive steroids test in the major leagues over the full first year of the toughened program, but the number of players authorized to use otherwise banned stimulants because they have ADHD rose by a small amount for the second straight year...
Bowden will call it quits after 34 seasons at FSU (12/02/09)
The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Bobby Bowden orchestrated one of the great runs in college football, building Florida State into a powerhouse that produced two national titles, dozens of All-Americans and some of the most memorable missed field goals ever...
Texas' Brown selected Big 12 coach of the year (12/02/09)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas coach Mack Brown approached the 2009 season by looking back to a single second in 2008. One play with one second left on the clock on a chilly night out in Lubbock ruined any chance to play for a national championship. Brown has pushed the 2009 Longhorns to use that 39-33 defeat at Texas Tech as motivation to chase Big 12 and national titles...
Fine, points on license for Woods over SUV crash (12/02/09)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- All Tiger Woods has to do is pay a $164 fine and his dealings with Florida authorities over his infamous car accident will be over. What hasn't ended is the public's fascination with his private life, which may get more complicated. Us Weekly magazine, which hits newsstands today, features a cover story alleging that a Los Angeles cocktail waitress had a 31-month affair with the world's No. 1 golfer -- and that the proof was in 300 text messages...
Ready, set, knit: Quick projects for holiday gifts (12/02/09)
There's nothing like a handmade gift. And one that is knit will last longer and have fewer calories than one from the oven. The recent do-it-yourself trend has given a boost to knitting, and many new knitters may be ready this holiday season to apply their skills to the holiday gift list. With the season approaching, however, how can you select a project that will be ready in time?...
Church publishes cookbook for 175th anniversary (12/02/09)
First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau is celebrating its 175th anniversary in a grand way, including the sale of a cookbook. "A Ringing Legacy of Recipes" contains 599 recipes from church members past and present, children and in every culinary category imaginable. ...
Clyde Glastetter (12/02/09)
Clyde Glastetter Clyde R. Glastetter, 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charlotte Slinkard (12/02/09)
Charlotte Jean Slinkard, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at her home. Visitation will be noon to service time Friday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Karen Dumey officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park...
Elizabeth Peterman (12/02/09)
Elizabeth Hope Peterman, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at her home. She was born Nov. 24, 1946, in San Diego, to Larry and Pauline Davis. She married Neal Frederic Peterman on June 21, 1969. They happily celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year...
Katherine Turner (12/02/09)
Katherine Jean Turner, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at her home. She was born Oct. 5, 1937, in Detroit, to Raymond and Lillie Templemire Evans. She and James C. Turner were married Jan. 14, 1966, in Cape Girardeau. He died Oct. 10, 1991...
Doris Byrne (12/02/09)
Doris Anne Byrne, 92, formerly of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Aug. 30, 1917, in St. Louis, daughter of Fredrick and Grace Wheelhouse Laskwitz. She and John Byrne were married Nov. 22, 1945, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death in 1981...
Walter Surface (12/02/09)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Walter Leroy Surface, 85, of Grassy died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Marble Hill, Mo. He was born June 24, 1924, in Stoddard County, son of Stanton Samuel and Eulah Beatrice Walker Surface. He was married Dec. 16, 1944, to Mildred Bill Webb...
Leona Brueckner (12/02/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leona T. Brueckner, 88, of Perryville died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Independent Care Center. She was born April 13, 1921, daughter of Paul and Ida Versemann Kaempfe. She and Eugene W. Brueckner were married June 17, 1945. He preceded her in death Oct. 12, 1993...
Della Green (12/02/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Della Jean Green, 78, of Bloomfield passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Flint, Mich., daughter of John E. and Irean Arnold Robinson. Green lived in Dexter, Mo., and moved to Bloomfield after her marriage. She was a charter member of Bloomfield Assembly of God Church...
Births 12/2/09 (12/02/09)
Daughter to Devron and Gretchen Bridges of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 5:49 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. Name, Alyvia Janae. Weight, 5 pounds, 6 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Bridges is the daughter of Mike and Deb Davis of Cairo, Ill., and Bob and Loretta Thomas of Olive Branch, Ill. Bridges is the son of Carrie Bridges and Charlie Bridges of Cairo...
Fire report 12/2/09 (12/02/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Police report 12/2/09 (12/02/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Thefts Burglary Property damage Miscellaneous Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. ...
Out of the past 12/2/09 (12/02/09)
A special service was held last Sunday at the Wesleyan Church in Scott City to dedicate a new wing of the church; the first service held in the church was a community Thanksgiving service Wednesday night. More than half of the employees at Cape Girardeau's Arkansas Best Freight System terminal will either be relocated or laid off under a proposal to move a significant portion of the operation here to a new terminal in Springfield, Ill...
Correction: Name left out of Notre Dame honor roll (12/02/09)
n Vincent Foeste was inadvertently out of the 9th grade A Honor Roll at Notre Dame Regional High School. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
A cure for holiday overload (12/02/09)
Let's move Thanksgiving to September. I am becoming increasingly convinced that the narrow gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas is just too stressful. Granted, that's a personal observation, but I suspect the feeling is shared by some. Perhaps many...
Cairo's rebirth (12/02/09)
The news from Cairo, Ill., in recent years has mostly been negative. It was refreshing to see a front-page story last month in the Southeast Missourian touting some of the positive changes that are taking place there. One measure of Cairo's fortunes is the population decline that saw the city drop from a high of more than 15,000 residents in 1920 to just over 3,600 in 2000. ...
Speak Out 12/2/09 (12/02/09)
THERE'S a difference between Vietnam and what is going on today in Afghanistan. We're helping Pakistan if we battle the terrorists. They can't fight these terrorists alone. The French are helping us. My hat's off to them. I hope President Obama does not leave the soldiers who are there as sitting ducks. They need more man power so our soldiers are protected...
Prayer 12/2/09 (12/02/09)
Press upon our hearts your divine message, O God, and give us hope for eternity. Amen.
John McLain earns Boy Scout Eagle Rank (12/02/09)
John McLain of Boy Scout Troop 16 in Cape Girardeau has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. John's project consisted of building a bench and retaining wall at St. Joseph Parish in Apple Creek MO. He spent more than 190 hours on this project. John is a senior at Notre Dame High School and is the son of Peggy and Rick McLain...
BENEFIT DANCE - Small Town Boyz - 12/5/09 (12/02/09)
Small Town Boyz will be performing at the Ben Randolph Benefit Dance, Auction, & Dinner this Saturday, 12/5/09. The benefit will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 31 Church Street, Perryville, MO. Time: 5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Drinks will be served...
Seeking Artists for Downtown Art Windows Project (12/02/09)
Empty downtown windows will soon become miniature art galleries through the Downtown Art Windows program sponsored by local merchants and arts organizations. Downtown Art Windows seeks to match local artists with vacant downtown storefront windows where they can display their works for a two-month period. The project is a joint effort of The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Old Town Cape and The Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University...
Trae and tree (12/02/09)
Our dog, Trae, looks unimpressed at our red Christmas tree. It stands where her bed once was.
Ready for Christmas (12/02/09)
Toby is ready and waiting for Santa Claus.
LITTLE MISS JACKSON (12/02/09)
(left) 1st Runner Up, Reagan Peters (right) Jacy LeGrand Little Miss Jackson Queen
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