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Stories from Monday, December 14, 2009

St. Vincent de Paul throws fiesta to celebrate Virgin of Guadalupe's feast day (12/14/09)
The feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 is one of the most important in the Mexican calendar, and is celebrated throughout Mexico and by Mexicans the world over. On Sunday at St. Vincent de Paul in Cape Girardeau, people of Mexican heritage joined their fellow Catholics to celebrate the feast day with a Spanish language Mass and a dinner afterward...
'Pursuit of Happyness' author to speak at MLK celebration dinner (12/14/09)
In honor of one man's dream and hope for progress, Southeast Missouri State University holds the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration dinner each year. This year's dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Show Me Center, will feature Christopher Gardner as the keynote speaker...
Southeast Missouri family finds relief after verdict in murder case (12/14/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Relatives of a man shot to death with his girlfriend nearly four decades ago in Southeast Missouri say they're finally at peace after a retired investigator's dogged work helped convict the couple's killer. Jurors in Missouri's Dunklin County deliberated 90 minutes earlier this month before finding 59-year-old Theodore Kleine of suburban St. Louis guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the 1970 deaths of Alan Bradford, 20, and Mary Seutter, 17...
Oliver House gives glimpse of life in 1800s (12/14/09)
Barbie Stroder brought her 6-year-old son, Matthew, along with a group from the Children of the American Revolution to visit the Oliver House in Jackson on Sunday. Stroder, who is a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and has brought her son to the house before, said she hopes the visits will influence him to continue preserving history...
La Croix church members pack meals for malnourished children overseas (12/14/09)
More than 400 children in Nicaragua and other parts of the world will receive one meal a day for a year from the efforts of members of the congregation of La Croix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, area volunteers and a Christian hunger relief organization...
Fire moderately damages home (12/14/09)
A single-family residence at 1340 Wayne St. in Cape Girardeau was moderately damaged by fire in the early hours Sunday morning. According to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, two occupants suffered mild smoke inhalation but sustained no other injuries and did not require medical treatment...
Cape Girardeau School Board agenda (12/14/09)
6 p.m. today Board of Education and Administration Offices, 301 N. Clark Ave. Regular meeting Call to order, roll call and welcome Approval of agenda Recognition Information, proposals or comments from the audience Information reports...
Missouri mulls limiting medicine to curb meth (12/14/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Amid a national push to make health care cheaper and simpler, Missouri is considering legislation that intentionally makes it a little more cumbersome. State lawmakers have filed several bills for the 2010 session that would require a doctor's prescription to get certain cold and allergy medications that currently can be bought over the counter. ...
Monsanto seed biz role revealed (12/14/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found...
Boeing 787 could lift off for first time Tuesday if weather cooperates (12/14/09)
SEATTLE -- After two years of delays, Boeing Co. says the long-anticipated first flight of its new 787 jetliner could come as early as Tuesday. Boeing announced Thursday that its window for a first flight would open Tuesday with the actual flight timing dependent on final internal reviews, taxi testing, Federal Aviation Administration documentation and the weather...
Medicare buy-in plan runs into resistance (12/14/09)
WASHINGTON -- A plan to let people as young as 55 buy into Medicare, heralded as a breakthrough in the Senate's health care debate, ran into resistance Sunday from lawmakers who can make or break Democrats' efforts to reshape the nation's health insurance system...
Rams drop fifth straight to Titans (12/14/09)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans aren't giving up on their slim playoff hopes, not without a fight. Chris Johnson ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns and also took a short pass 66 yards for another score and the Tennessee Titans stayed alive by routing the woeful St. Louis Rams 47-7 on Sunday. The Titans (6-7) must win out and get plenty of help after their 0-6 start, but they are focusing on what they control...
Saints win another tight game to remain unbeaten in NFC (12/14/09)
ATLANTA -- Drew Brees threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns, Jonathan Vilma came up with two huge defensive plays, and the unbeaten Saints pulled out another tight win, 26-23 over the pesky Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. A week ago, New Orleans (13-0) appeared on the verge of losing until Washington missed a chip-shot field goal in regulation. The Saints rallied for a 33-30 overtime win...
Golf world ponders Woods' 'indefinite leave' (12/14/09)
NAPLES, Fla. -- Say Tiger Woods' name around his PGA Tour colleagues, and the reactions are swift and varied. From Mark Calcavecchia, there was disappointment. Chris DiMarco, concern. Boo Weekley, unusual silence. And from others, when pondering the worst-case scenario -- Woods never playing golf again -- there is fear...
Jackson helps Eagles to head of division with win over Giants (12/14/09)
DeSean Jackson danced his way into the record books, carrying the Philadelphia Eagles to the top of their division along the way. Jackson scored on 72-yard punt return and a 60-yard pass from Donovan McNabb, sparking the Eagles to their most points this season in a 45-38 shootout victory Sunday night over the New York Giants...
Colts break record with 22nd straight regular-season win (12/14/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Even Peyton Manning's inconsistency couldn't derail history for the Indianapolis Colts. Or preserve the NFL record of the New England Patriots. Manning was sensational, throwing three TD passes in the first 23 minutes, then mediocre, getting picked off three times in the Colts' 28-16 victory over Denver for their 22nd consecutive regular-season win. ...
Gill takes over Jayhawks program (12/14/09)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas hopes that Turner Gill can do for the Jayhawks what he did for Nebraska. As a smooth option quarterback in the early 1980s, Gill was the difference-maker for the Cornhuskers, helping free them from Oklahoma's long domination and propelling Tom Osborne's program to the top of the Big Eight...
Old rivalry resumes (12/14/09)
Even though Wednesday's game didn't go well for Southeast Missouri State, it was great to see the men's basketball series with Southern Illinois-Carbondale finally resume. SIU represents the longest-standing rival in Southeast men's basketball history, the teams having met 111 times before this year. But they had not stepped on the court together since the 2004-05 season...
Hospital earns top 10 rank for stroke treatment (12/14/09)
A national health care ratings organization has ranked Southeast Missouri Hospital as one of the top 10 facilities in the state for treatment of stroke. This is the second year in a row that HealthGrades has given the hospital a five-star rating for treatment of strokes. The five-star rating is the highest ranking given by the organization...
Talking Shop with Drew Janes, founder of Relentless Media Productions (12/14/09)
Drew Janes grew up in the Bootheel community of Qulin, Mo., where he spent many a day working for his father's business. It was there that Janes realized he longed to work in media in a larger city. That realization led to the launch of Relentless Media Productions in 2004. ...
Old Town Cape awards winner of Dec. 4 shopping spree (12/14/09)
BRIAN BLACKWELL ~ bblackwell@semissourian.com Megan Cattoor, center, of Cape Girardeau was this year's winner of Old Town Cape's Downtown Open House shopping spree. ...
Schultz Senior Apartments open for business with 30 occupants (12/14/09)
The transformation of Cape Girardeau's first public high school into senior housing is now complete and open for business. Thirty occupants moved into Schultz Senior Apartments when it opened today. Sixty-six percent of the building is leased to qualifying applicants...
People on the move 12/14/09 (12/14/09)
Amy Gilmore, a first-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, recently presented a proposal at the National Association for the Education of Young Children National Conference in Washington, D.C. Gilmore's proposal was about a Young Authors program she teaches her students each year...
Wilma Todd (12/14/09)
*** Wilma Todd Wilma Ruth Todd, 72, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Elder Pape (12/14/09)
Elder Herbert C. Pape, 97, of Patton, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles, Mo. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home...
James Mayhew (12/14/09)
*** James Mayhew James "Jim" Mayhew, 64, of Jackson died Sunday Dec. 13, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Ann O'Connell (12/14/09)
Ann P. O'Connell, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lorimier Cemetery...
Dennis Gibson (12/14/09)
*** Dennis Gibson Dennis A. Gibson, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Births 12/14/09 (12/14/09)
Daughter to DeParis Davion Townsend and Tiarah Desarae Davis of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:14 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. Name, De'Zyra Treasure. Weight, 4 pounds, 2 ounces. First child. Ms. Davis is the daughter of Mary Strayhorn and Aaron Davis of East Prairie, Mo. Townsend is the son of Pam Townsend of Charleston, Mo., and Demetrius Murray of Chicago...
Fire report 12/14/09 (12/14/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday:...
Police report 12/14/09 (12/14/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. DWI Arrests Thefts Miscellaneous Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Burglary...
Out of the past 12/14/09 (12/14/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Douglas Wayne Thompson's third trial for the killing of Cape Girardeau reserve police officer Herbert L. Goss 23 years ago ended yesterday with a jury's verdict of guilty. The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents and the Cape Girardeau City Council waste little time in the morning approving final design plans for the multipurpose building, which call for scaling down the size of the structure without significantly reducing seating...
Texting, driving (12/14/09)
The Missouri Legislature, in this year's session, took a first step to address the dangers created by motorists who text while driving. A law was adopted that prohibits anyone 21 years old or younger from texting while driving. Several bills have been prefiled for next year's legislative session that would extend the ban to all motorists...
Speak Out 12/14/09 (12/14/09)
I am one of the liberals who hopes to profit greatly from the hoax of climate change. I believe that only my opinion matters, and I work hard to ensure that all dissenting opinion is marginalized. Also, I have carefully considered the government health care systems in all the other industrialized nations and found government-run systems like the VA are the best. ...
Prayer 12/14/09 (12/14/09)
Help us, O God, to understand your perfect love for all of your creation. Amen.
Shop with a Hero (12/14/09)
Heroes including local law enforcement and fire fighters lined up to help local children shop at the Cape Girardeau Walmart during the Shop with a Hero event early Tues. morning, Dec. 8th. Each child received seventy-five dollars to spend as they wished. ...
Adam LeGrand Earns Eagle Rank (12/14/09)
Adam LeGrand of Boy Scout Troop 16 in Cape Girardeau has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Adam's project consisted of building a rope railing along the Chateau Girardeau nature trail. He also cleaned up debris along the trail. He spent more than 65 hours on this project. Adam is a senior at Cape Central High School and is the son of Mary and Steve LeGrand...
Jackson Middle School hosts Jingle Bell Walk/Run for St. Judes (12/14/09)
Jackson Middle School hosted a Jingle Bell Walk/Run on Wednesday, December 2. It was a cold and chilly morning with a chance of rain but that didn't bother about 200 brave youth with the holiday spirit. Many students were dressed in holiday t-shirts and hats. ...
Fundraiser at huddle house in Scott City (12/14/09)
Tuesday Dec 15th at 6am to Dec 16th at 6am, Huddle House in Scott City will run a fundraiser. This fundraiser benefit's Jamie Orman's Parent's and siblings. Jamie, her 15 year old son, and unborn baby were victims of the homicides on Oct 27, 2009 in Cape Girardeau. ...
Seeking Entries for Art for the Health of It Exhibition (12/14/09)
The healing benefits of art will be the focus of the 15th annual Art for the Health of It exhibition jointly sponsored by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and Southeast Missouri Hospital. Entries must be delivered to the Arts Council's gallery by February 9, 2010 and an opening reception for the exhibit will be held February 21 at 2 p.m. at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Artwork will remain on display until April 29...
Farr joins 1140th after completion of basic training (12/14/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pfc. D'Adrian Farr of Cape Girardeau has joined the Missouri National Guard's 1140th Engineer Battalion's Forward Support Company, after successfully completing basic training and advanced individual training. Farr, 19, completed basic training last year at Fort Jackson, S.C., and then advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, where he trained to be a motor transportation operator. ...
Shop with a Hero (12/14/09)
Each child received seventy-five dollars to spend at Walmart as they wished. Exiting the checkouts, the children were excited to show off their gifts which their "hero" helped them find.
Shop with a Hero (12/14/09)
Approximately eighty needy children were selected by the local schools to participate in the Shop with a Hero program at Walmart.
Shop with a Hero (12/14/09)
Bikes were at the top of their wish list for some children at Shop with a Hero. Often a generous hero paid the extra money needed in order to fulfill the child's wish.
Shop with a Hero (12/14/09)
After helping the kids shop for their toys during Shop with a Hero, the group of heroes was thanked by Tim Bryant, manager of the Cape Girardeau Walmart (second from the right) for making this year's event a record year for funds raised per child.
Michelangelo, the Miniature Dachshund (12/14/09)
This shot was taken while Michelangelo was attempting to help me with my decorating (as you can see by the holiday material under him). He's a very fun loving little guy & is so sweet! He was bred by APDoxies in Illinois & is looking for a new home...
CHS Volleyball and Softball Teams Raise Money for American Cancer Society (12/14/09)
The Tiger Volleyball and Softball teams raised $1056 through their annual Pink-Out games which was donated to the American Cancer Society. The teams combined efforts to raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer. Coaches Charity Huff and Amy Blattel feel it is important for their athletes to give back to the community and to be apart of the fight against cancer...
Elvis at Monticello House, Jackson (12/14/09)
Residents at Monticello House in Jackson were entertained by the KING Saturday December 12,2009. Darrell Ray has been doing "Elvis" for many years. He loves to come to the nursing homes and the residents truly enjoyed his visit.
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