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Stories from Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cape Girardeau County finds $350K to cut from 2010 budget (12/08/09)
About 30 residents and county employees attended the Cape Girardeau County Commission's discussion of the proposed 2010 budget during its first nighttime meeting Monday. "This is a historic evening," Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones told those who attended. "We very much appreciate all of you being here."...
Patterson wants trial moved in Cape Girardeau killings (12/08/09)
The man accused of first-degree murder in the October shooting of a pregnant woman and her 15-year-old son in Cape Girardeau wants his case moved to another county.
Technicality delays street extension project (12/08/09)
The plan to extend Fountain Street is on hold because the winning contractor did not do enough to find businesses owned by minorities or women to help in the project, the Cape Girardeau City Council was told Monday evening. Nip Kelley Equipment Co. in October won a $1.02 million city contract to build two blocks of Fountain Street, from Morgan Oak to William streets. ...
Girl in statutory sodomy case says abuse went on for years (12/08/09)
A Cape Girardeau man faces three counts of statutory sodomy for allegedly having sex with a minor. Cape Girardeau police arrested Gary Dee Bice, 42, Friday night. Bice faces three charges of statutory sodomy stemming from an alleged incident on July 23, 2007, according to Missouri Casenet...
Jackson aldermen OK rezoning of Oak Hill Road and East Main Street area (12/08/09)
Senior housing developer Chad Hartle got a green light from the city of Jackson on Monday to continue with a new project in the city. The board of aldermen voted to rezone three acres at Oak Hill Road and East Main Street, converting it from residential to commercial property. The board approved the measure 7-1, with Alderman Mark Dambach voting against it...
Blue Angels announce plans for Cape Girardeau air show (12/08/09)
Cape Girardeau will revive its air show in 2010 with a big name -- the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team.
Former Missouri House speaker charged with assault turns self in, denies guilt (12/08/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Rod Jetton was charged Monday by Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd with second-degree assault for an incident that happened at a private residence in Sikeston, Mo., last month.
Sikeston police to set up traffic checkpoints over next few weeks (12/08/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- In an effort to help make roads safer this holiday season, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in the next few weeks. "The holiday season usually means more vehicles are out on Missouri roads. This is the time of year that people celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. Police know more traffic usually means more accidents," said Sgt. Jim McMillen of DPS...
Jackson School Board meeting agenda 12/8/09 (12/08/09)
7 p.m. today Jackson Board of Education office, 614 East Adams St. Goldfish Program at South Elementary School by Dr. Rita Fisher, Bonnie Knowlan and Rob French Payment of bills Assistant superintendent for personnel and instruction report by Dr. Rita Fisher...
Donations to holiday programs 'significantly slower' this year (12/08/09)
Donations for the Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly programs are coming in slow this season. "It's significantly slower than years past," said Tracy Haggerty, lead organizer of the Toybox program, which distributes donated Christmas gifts to children within the Cape Girardeau city limits. "It's kind of where the economy is at right now."...
Two Southeast Missouri farmers awarded in first of bellwether trials (12/08/09)
A St. Louis jury that found an agriculture company and several of its affiliates negligent awarded over $2 million to two Stoddard County long-grain rice farmers in the first of several bellwether trials scheduled for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The jury last week found that Bayer's genetically modified rice had harmed their crops and livelihood, a news release said...
Child longs to be superhero; senior would like blood pressure monitor (12/08/09)
At age 5, Tyson already wants to be a superhero. If Santa could bring him superhero costumes and action figures he would get his Christmas wish. Tyson could also use some board games and arts and crafts to round out his list for Santa this year. His older brother, who is 6, loves baseball and football and would like to have sports equipment to play with outside. ...
Ed. chiefs wants to close Wellston School District (12/08/09)
WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's education commissioner says it is time to close the academically troubled Wellston School District. Education Commissioner Chris L. Nicastro will present a proposal to close the district by the end of next summer during a state education board meeting Dec. 17...
Election chiefs tout military voting changes (12/08/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The top election officials in four Midwestern states are hailing changes in federal election rules that will allow military members overseas to receive ballots electronically. The National Defense Authorization Act, approved by Congress in October, allows troops to return their ballots through expedited mail service at no charge. It also gives members of the military a way to verify that their ballots have been received back home...
Maine school offers sweet talk about maple syrup (12/08/09)
SKOWHEGAN, Maine -- There's a lot of sweet talk about regulations, tools of the trade and flavor at a maple syrup school in Maine. At the International Maple Grading School, syrup buyers, producers and inspectors from the Northeast learn about all things syrup such as government rules and equipment that measures syrup's color, clarity and density...
Senate Dems seek expansion of Medicare and Medicaid (12/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic liberals are seeking expansion of two large federal programs, Medicare and Medicaid, in exchange for dropping a government-sold insurance option from health care legislation sought by President Barack Obama, several lawmakers said Monday...
U.S. chimp's owner won't be charged over attack (12/08/09)
STAMFORD, Connecticut -- A woman who owned a chimpanzee that mauled and blinded a woman won't be charged because there's no evidence she knowingly disregarded any risk the animal posed, a prosecutor said Monday. State's Attorney David Cohen said it wasn't evident that Sandra Herold of Stamford had been deliberately reckless in handling the animal...
Survivors remember Pearl Harbor attack (12/08/09)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Dozens of survivors of Pearl Harbor on Monday solemnly remembered those who died in the Japanese aerial assault 68 years ago as a top Navy commander said their bravery laid the foundation for the subsequent U.S. victory in World War II...
Commercial spaceship makes first public appearance Monday (12/08/09)
LOS ANGELES -- A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled Monday in what backers of the venture hope will signal a new era in aviation history. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture...
Obama sending veteran envoy to North Korea (12/08/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- After a year of tensions, President Barack Obama is sending a veteran diplomat to North Korea today for the highest-profile talks between Pyongyang and Washington since he took office pledging to reach out to America's adversaries...
Tens of thousands protest in Iran, battling police (12/08/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Security forces and militiamen clashed with thousands of protesters shouting "death to the dictator" outside Tehran University on Monday, beating them with batons and firing tear gas on a day of nationwide student demonstrations, witnesses said...
U.K. broadcaster says sorry for rat-eating episode (12/08/09)
LONDON -- British broadcaster ITV has apologized after two contestants on a reality TV show skinned, cooked and ate a rat during filming. Chef Gino D'Acampo and actor Stuart Manning have been charged with animal cruelty after preparing and eating rat risotto on the wilderness show "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" last month...
Amick resigns from coaching positions at Scott City (12/08/09)
Just three games into his seventh season as head coach of the boys basketball team, Amick stepped down. He also resigned his position as baseball coach.
Jackson loses debut (12/08/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jackson High School boys basketball coach Darrin Scott acknowledged that first-game performances are often ragged. Scott was hopeful his team could avoid that fate, but the Indians looked every bit like a squad opening its season...
Notre Dame wrestlers win first dual meet (12/08/09)
The first-year Notre Dame wrestling team collected its first dual victory Monday night in a three-team meet at New Madrid, Mo. The Bulldogs defeated New Madrid 54-30, but also suffered a 54-27 loss to Dexter. "We wrestled pretty good and finally won," said Notre Dame coach Marc Stevener...
Former Redhawk gymnast joins coaching staff (12/08/09)
The Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics program has completed its coaching staff with the hiring of a former Redhawks standout. Interim coach Kristi Ewasko recently announced the addition of Ashley Lawson as an assistant. She joins second-year assistant Jimmy Wickman for the 2010 season...
Thompson draws second OVC honor (12/08/09)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball player Derek Thompson has been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference for the second time this season. Thompson on Monday earned his second OVC freshman of the week award. A 6-foot-3 guard from Detroit, Mich., Thompson averaged 12.5 points per game in two OVC contests last week. That includes an 18-point performance during Thursday's 76-71 overtime loss at perennial OVC power Austin Peay...
Green Bay beats Baltimore 27-14 (12/08/09)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, including two to tight end Jermichael Finley, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-14 in a penalty-filled game Monday night. It was the fourth straight win for the Packers (8-4), solidifying their spot in the NFC wild-card race...
St. Louis offense has another bad day (12/08/09)
ST. LOUIS -- At least for one week, the St. Louis Rams got the defense straightened out. The offense is another story. Coach Steve Spagnuolo spent most of his Monday news conference answering questions about an attack that was held without a touchdown for the fourth time this season in a 17-9 loss at Chicago. Six times they've been held to 10 or fewer points and they've scored only 14 touchdowns, one-fourth the New Orleans Saints' league-leading total...
Budaj, Avalanche white out Blues in 4-0 win (12/08/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Peter Budaj stopped 35 shots, Chris Stewart had two goals and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche ended a five-game trip with a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene each scored goals, Wojtek Wolski had three assists and John-Michael Liles collected two assists for the Avs...
Penny close to $7.5 million contract with Cardinals (12/08/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brad Penny's late-season pitch seems to have paid off. Fresh from an impressive showing in the final month, Penny was close to a $7.5 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Monday...
Book about history of Old St. Vincent's available (12/08/09)
The idea to write a book about the history of Old St. Vincent's Church dawned on Grace Sullivan, Ron Kirby, and LaFern Stiver back in 1999. With the fear that this story would go untold this group put pen to paper and researched every secondary source available...
Bodies of knowledge: Doctors in training still learning from cadavers (12/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- Color-coded denim cloths cover the row upon row of black body bags atop cold metal tables. Blue means a body that eventually will go into a common grave. Tan, the family wants those remains back for burial, eventually. These are bodies donated to science. Before first-year medical students lay their hands on the living, they learn anatomy from the dead...
Study finds hospitals speeding care for heart attacks (12/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- Hospitals are giving faster care to lots more heart attack patients, a speed-up sure to be saving lives. More than three-quarters of people suffering major heart attacks are getting their blocked arteries reopened within 90 minutes of arriving in the emergency room, according to a Yale University study of 831 hospitals that participated in a major campaign to accelerate that care...
Wyoma Gregg (12/08/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Wyoma Estell Gregg, 71, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at her home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill. The funeral will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gene Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery...
Ida Williams (12/08/09)
Ida Mae Williams, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Lela Silman (12/08/09)
Lela Viola Silman, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. to service time at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill, Mo. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Luther Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery near Marble Hill...
Douglas Hammock (12/08/09)
Douglas L. Hammock, 88, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Morehouse, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Chateau Girardeau. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Mo. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery...
Frieda Limbaugh (12/08/09)
Frieda O. Limbaugh, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Melvadean Adams (12/08/09)
Melvadean Kiefer Adams died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, in Fort Myers, Fla., following a major stroke a few days earlier. She was born April 8, 1921, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., to Melvin and Lola Conardy. She was a 1940 graduate of Valle High School where she was a member of the volleyball team...
Ellen Crutcher (12/08/09)
Ellen H. Crutcher, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 28, 1919, in Jamestown, N.D., to Joseph and Anna Poppel Ingle. She and Claude Crutcher were married July 4, 1937, in Deadwood, S.D. He died in July 1969...
Opal Easley (12/08/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Opal Mae Whitlow White Easley, 88, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born June 7, 1921, in Glenwood, Mo., daughter of Henry and Ida Johnson Whitlow. She and Merle E. Easley were married April 20, 1964. He preceded her in death Dec. 7, 2002...
Hadley James (12/08/09)
ARBOR, Mo. -- Hadley James, 76, of Arbor went home to be with Jesus Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 13, 1933, in Bollinger County, son of Henry E. and Annie Frances James. He returned to Arbor in 1995...
Betty McDaniel (12/08/09)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Betty A. Calvin McDaniel, 74, of Tamms died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 14, 1935, in Pulaski, Ill., daughter of the late Lawrence and Dorothy Lackey Calvin. She was a member of Tamms Community Church and a former factory employee of Anna Shoe Co...
Charles Riggs (12/08/09)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Charles W. Riggs, 71, of Sedalia died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 17, 1938, in Malden, Mo., son of Eldon K. and Claudia Alma Bohannon Riggs. On July 16, 1959, in Wentzville, Mo., he married Judith Ann Blaylock. She preceded him in death Sept. 17, 1998...
Robert Taylor (12/08/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Robert E. Taylor, 64, entered the Kingdom of God Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Zalma, Mo. He was born Sept. 4, 1945, in Sikeston, to the late Ira Lee and Edna Fern Schaffer Taylor. Robert was a devoted member of the military, receiving two Purple Hearts during his service in the U.S. Army...
J.P. Scherffius (12/08/09)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Jesse P. Scherffius, 81, of Bell City died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 30, 1928, in Portageville, Mo., to the late William and Minnie Harris Scherffius. He was a veteran of the U.S. ...
Fire report 12/8/09 (12/08/09)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Police report 12/8/09 (12/08/09)
Arrests Southeast Missouri State University The following items were released by the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety. Summonses...
Out of the past 12/8/09 (12/08/09)
After numerous delays, the first-degree murder trial of Douglas Wayne Thompson, accused of shooting a Cape Girardeau auxiliary police officer almost 24 years ago, is scheduled to begin Monday in Scott County Circuit Court in Benton, Mo. An open house is held in the afternoon at the Lindenwood Apartments, 1100 Linden St., for people to view the new apartments, which are similar to Cape Garden Apartments, 611 S. West End Blvd...
Correction 12/8/09 (12/08/09)
n The Southeast Missourian erroneously published a report on a fire that happened at a Bellevue Street apartment building in Monday's edition. The fire actually occurred last year, and a news release was sent about the fire from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department over the weekend. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Congressional votes Nov.27-Dec. 3 (12/08/09)
YEAS: Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th), Rep. Ike Skelton D-MO (4th) NAYS: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th) NOT VOTING: Rep. Roy Blunt R-MO (7th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th)...
Honoring heroes (12/08/09)
Heroes are all around us, and seven of them were recipients of the Missouri Medal of Valor from Gov. Jay Nixon at a ceremony last month in Jefferson City. Two of the honored heroes were recognized for their responses to emergency situations in Southeast Missouri in 2008...
Thanks to medical providers (12/08/09)
I can't let 2009 end until I address the gratitude I have toward my physicians, hospitals and therapy groups that have so generously helped me this year. This hasn't exactly been a good year physically for me, and I have needed many different medical services. At one time I was making payments to 10 medical providers. Each one worked with me and was understanding of my situation...
Speak Out 12/8/09 (12/08/09)
AS a teacher myself, I am dismayed at the lack of logic in the comment from a Central High School teacher responding to the "king" T-shirt issue. The teacher explained that the shirts had not been approved. Since when do individual shirts, worn by one person or 10 or any other number, have to be approved before being worn to school? I see students wearing the exact same shirt every day, and I doubt those students got approval. ...
Prayer 12/8/09 (12/08/09)
For all of the kind thoughts and deeds of those around us, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
Zinn named commander of 1140th Headquarters Company (12/08/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- As far as Lt. Col. John Oberkirsch is concerned, 1st Lt. Jeremy Zinn had already shown himself capable of leading a Missouri National Guard Company. "He led a Sapper Company in a time of war," said Oberkirsch, commander of the 1140th Engineer Battalion. "So I knew he was ready for this challenge and was more than up to the task. He stepped up to the plate then, and I know he will do so now."...
Lt. Col. Oberkirsch takes command of 1140th Engineer Battalion (12/08/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- When Lt. Col. John Oberkirsch was a high-school wrestler in Webster Groves, his coach repeatedly drilled one concept into his head: That the old idiom "practice makes perfect" is useless advice. "Practice doesn't make perfect," Oberkirsch said. "It has to be perfect practice; only perfect practice makes perfect. If you're practicing wrong, you're only getting good at doing it wrong."...
Southeast Missouri Hospital Receives 5-Star Award for Stroke Care (12/08/09)
Southeast Missouri Hospital CEO Debbie Linnes and Vice Chairman John Thompson listen to HealthGrades representative Mary Sweet as she announces Southeast's Stroke Center as the recipient of the 5-Star Award for treatment of stroke two years in a row...
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