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Stories from Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cape schools and bonds: No wasted space in elementary schools (12/22/09)
At Clippard Elementary School, not all the rooms are square. When Clippard was built in 1965, planners did not use a gridlike hallway structure. Three wings extend from a cluster of offices in the center. Triangle-shaped rooms were constructed within the wings to accommodate specialized learning needs as they increased over the years. They now house classes like English as a second language and speech therapy...
Fire destroys house near Whitewater (12/22/09)
Firefighters from four departments responded Monday to a blaze north of Whitewater on Route U. "The house is basically a total loss," said Garry Moore, Whitewater fire chief. Firefighters from the Gordonville, Millersville and Leopold departments also responded...
Volunteers bring Christmas cheer to Toybox families (12/22/09)
Several volunteers, some dressed in Santa Claus suits, scurried to deliver up to 10,000 gifts to 419 families Monday night, the delivery night for the Jaycees and Southeast Missourian Toybox program. Event organizer Tracy Haggerty said Toybox delivered gifts to 36 more applicants this year than last. ...
Jackson aldermen OK smaller budget (12/22/09)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen approved a reduced 2010 budget during its meeting Monday night. "We're being conservative but at the same time optimistic," said city administrator Jim Roach. "We're anticipating revenues will be flat, and we took that into account when setting a tighter budget. Maybe the rest of the year will go better than expected."...
Wilfong murder trial to take place in Cape Girardeau County (12/22/09)
A Bollinger County teenager charged with murder will go to trial this spring in a Cape Girardeau County courtroom, according to KZIM KSIM. On Friday Judge Joe Satterfield set a jury trial in Jackson to begin June 1 and last three days. John Wilfong, 18, of Patton, Mo., is charged with shooting his foster mother to death and fleeing the scene with his 9-year-old foster brother Dec. 30, 2008. Jacob Humphrey, Wilfong's foster brother, was found the next day, and Wilfong was taken into custody. Pamela Ackman, 48, was found dead in her Patton home when her husband returned from work.
Marble Hill man gets change of venue in sexual abuse case (12/22/09)
A Bollinger County man jailed on 22 sex-related counts following alleged incidents with three boys over the last four years will get a new venue, according to KZIM KSIM. Bowns pleaded not guilty Friday before Judge William Syler and was granted a change of venue to Scott County. A new hearing date in Benton, Mo., is pending. Bollinger County sheriff's deputies arrested 50-year-old Tory Bowns in August and charged him with nine counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, five counts of child molestation and one count of attempted statutory sodomy. Seven additional charges were filed in September. In early August, a parent of a 12-year-old boy filed a complaint that Bowns, of Marble Hill, Mo., was molesting her child and his 10-year-old friend. Bowns allegedly also molested a third boy.
Pemiscot County jury to hear Cape Girardeau murder case (12/22/09)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of allegedly killing a pregnant woman and her 15-year-old son will have his case heard before a Pemiscot County jury in a Cape Girardeau County courtroom.
Quakes a fairly common occurrence in Southeast Missouri (12/22/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The New Madrid fault line has been rumbling again. And while an earthquake expert says the recent series of small quakes isn't unusual, it is a reminder of what the active fault is capable of. Four small quakes have been centered near New Madrid in southeast Missouri in the past week, according to the U.S. ...
Audit finds Cape Girardeau's finances in good shape, but recession taking a toll (12/22/09)
Cape Girardeau's finances are in good order and the annual audit found very few issues of concern, the Cape Girardeau City Council was told Monday evening. The council accepted the report from Beussink, Hey, Roe, Seabaugh and Stroder LLC that shows the city had about $522,000 in unrestricted general funds and $4.1 million in emergency fund reserves required by the city charter...
Cape Girardeau man accused of taking Toys for Tots money (12/22/09)
A Cape Girardeau man faces felony charges of stealing after Dollar General Store surveillance camera footage allegedly showed him taking the store's Toys for Tots money donation box. Sylvester E. Smith Sr., 58, 618 North St., No. 301, was arrested Nov. 14, said Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle.
Cape Girardeau police looking for armed robbery suspect (12/22/09)
Police are looking for a man who apparently robbed the AM PM gas station on William Street just after 8 a.m. Monday. An employee who was in the store at 1101 William St. when the incident happened said a man wearing a hooded sweat shirt with a brown coat and a black ski mask displayed a handgun and demanded money, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Cpl. Adam Glueck said. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. Glueck said the suspect initially fled the store going west but may have turned south soon after leaving the store. No one was injured in the incident.
Twiggs granted delay in drug distribution case (12/22/09)
The hearing of a Cape Girardeau man wanted on charges of allegedly purchasing and distributing narcotics was delayed Monday because of additional reviews of details in his case. Attorney Jennifer Booth told Judge William Syler she would like additional time to review evidence in the case against her client, Zatrun R. Twiggs. She said Twiggs had not not seen videotapes that were used by a Missouri State Highway Patrol confidential informant during the investigation that led to charges of drug trafficking against him. On Jan. 4 in a Cape Girardeau County courtroom Twiggs will enter a plea. He faces charges of home invasion, kidnapping and armed criminal action in Scott County.
Blue Christmas service helps those grieving (12/22/09)
Centenary United Methodist Church sponsored a Blue Christmas service Monday night to recognize the many people who are hurting and suffering this holiday season. "I wish there was a better answer as to why it is called Blue Christmas, but it's a takeoff of an old Elvis Presley song. ... There are a bunch of people hurting. This lets them come and express their hurt and let them know the church cares," said the Rev. Jeff Long, lead pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church...
Thieves steal charity's kettles (12/22/09)
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- Salvation Army officials in the St. Louis area plan to increase security after thieves got away with three kettles containing hundreds of dollars. KMOX Radio reported the kettles were taken from outside of stores in the Richmond Heights and Crestwood areas...
Movie's ghost story set in Hannibal (12/22/09)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A 24-year-old filmmaker's first feature film will be set in and shot largely in Hannibal. Jeff Ferrell was in the northeast Missouri town earlier this month to get a look at the community and the old Orpheum Theatre downtown. The film is tentatively titled "Orpheum." Much of the movie will be shot in Hannibal and St. Louis...
Obama health bill set for vote Thursday (12/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Well on the way to winning passage before Christmas after clearing its biggest hurdle in the wee hours of the morning, the Senate's health care bill will make a "tremendous difference for families, for seniors, for businesses and for the country as a whole," President Barack Obama said Monday...
Government imposes 3-hour limit on tarmac strandings (12/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration took aim Monday at tarmac horror stories, ordering airlines to let passengers stuck in stranded airplanes get off the plane after three hours. With its new regulations, the Transportation Department sent an unequivocal message on the eve of the busy holiday travel season: Don't hold travelers hostage to delayed flights...
FBI : Murders down in first half of 2009 (12/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Unemployment is high, the economy is down. Yet for all the signs of recession, something is missing: more crime. Experts are scratching their heads over why crime has ebbed during this recession, making it different from other economic downturns of the past half-century. Early guesses include jobless folks at home keeping closer watch for thieves, or extra benefits keeping people from resorting to crime...
First house from Jesus' era discovered in Nazareth (12/22/09)
NAZARETH, Israel -- Just in time for Christmas, archaeologists on Monday unveiled what may have been the home of one of Jesus' childhood neighbors. The humble dwelling is the first dating to the era of Jesus to be discovered in Nazareth, then a hamlet of around 50 impoverished Jewish families where Jesus spent his boyhood...
Notre Dame's Reinagel is the Southeast Missourian softball player of the year (12/22/09)
Lauren Reinagel got her dog. And she gave it a fitting name -- Ace. Ace was a gift from Reinagel's parents after she helped lead the Notre Dame softball team to the Class 3 state championship in October. "We got back to the assembly after state and they got done talking and congratulating us and everything and coach [Jeff] Graviett said my parents had one more surprise for me," Reinagel said. "That's when Mrs. Graviett brought out the dog...
High school roundup: Kelly nips Charleston in 2OT (12/22/09)
All the area high school games reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Jackson, ND reach Holiday Classic semis (12/22/09)
There was only one competitive first-round game in the St. Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic. Cape Girardeau Central came up on the short end of that contest Monday as the 14th annual eight-team girls high school basketball tournament tipped off at the Show Me Center...
Weather postpones Southeast women's game vs. Birmingham (12/22/09)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team was supposed to be in Birmingham, Ala., today for a second straight nonconference road game. But the scheduled contest with Alabama-Birmingham has been postponed. Both programs are working to reschedule the game...
Redhawks face colossal task at Memphis (12/22/09)
Southeast Missouri State's final men's basketball game before the Redhawks resume Ohio Valley Conference play will present a major challenge. The Redhawks (4-7) are in Memphis, Tenn., for today's noon contest with perennial national power Memphis (7-2)...
Blues win second straight in Canada (12/22/09)
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Andy McDonald scored twice and the St. Louis Blues won their second game in as many nights, blowing out the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 on Monday. David Perron, Brad Boyes, Patrik Berglund, Alexander Steen and Jay McClement also scored for the Blues, who moved out of the Western Conference cellar with their win in Vancouver on Sunday and gained further ground Monday...
Kidney donor's night-before-surgery poem (12/22/09)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the eve of their dual surgeries, Tom Otten of suburban St. Louis tried to ease his nervous wife, Irene, by composing this poem about the impending donation of his left kidney:
Court rejects Polanski move to dismiss case (12/22/09)
LOS ANGELES -- A California appeals court said it has rejected Roman Polanski's bid to have his sex case dismissed. The California 2nd District Court of Appeal announced Monday it had denied the petition, with justices saying they are "deeply concerned" about the probable misconduct by a now-deceased judge and a retired prosecutor who advised the director...
Twenty-six operations, 13 kidneys and the kindness of strangers gives hope to those who had little (12/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Twenty-six operations put healthy kidneys into 13 desperately ill people: Doctors in the nation's capital recently performed a record-setting kidney swap, part of a pioneering effort to expand transplants to patients who too often never qualify...
Herman Crader (12/22/09)
Herman Eugene Crader, 80, of Scott City died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Randy Morse officiating. Burial will be in Lightner Memorial Cemetery in Scott City...
Charles Reiner (12/22/09)
Charles D. Reiner, 52, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Wisconsin, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at his home. Memorial services will be held in Wisconsin at a later date. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Milfred Crumbaugh (12/22/09)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Milfred Crumbaugh of Springfield, Ill., departed this life to be with his lord Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born in 1931 to Elisha and Effie Crumbaugh in Rockview, Mo., he lived 78 joy-filled years...
Harry Wilson (12/22/09)
Harry R. Wilson, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Commerce, Mo., to the late Allen and Rena Smith Wilson. He and Mary Sue Campbell were married June 15, 1976. Wilson was a graduate of Hillman University in Georgia...
Lula Pattengill (12/22/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Lula Jane Daniel Pattengill, 82, of rural Charleston died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 1, 1927, in Johnsonville, Tenn., to the late Roy and Flora McCallabe Daniel...
Angelo Mantos (12/22/09)
Angelo Mantos, 77, of Scott City died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 25, 1932, in Detroit, to Saratos and Magda Bodnar Menatos. He married Delores P. Schmitt Oct. 5, 1968, in Schaumburg, Ill...
Police report 12/22/09 (12/22/09)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs The following items were released by the Jackson Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses...
Out of the past 12/22/09 (12/22/09)
Cape Girardeau youths will have a chance to learn to play water polo next month when the Central High School pool begins a water polo group, led by Mike McGinnis. The law firm of Richey, Price, Spaeth and Heisserer has moved into its new office on the fourth floor of the new First Exchange Bank Building, which is nearing completion at the intersection of Route K and Broadview Street...
Education cuts will undermine Missouri's future (12/22/09)
Since leaving office my belief that education is essential in the competition for jobs and economic opportunity has only been strengthened. There are three criteria when decisions are made about the deployment of capital that would create jobs. ...
Congressional votes for the week of Dec. 11-17 (12/22/09)
REQUIRING AUDITS BY PUBLIC COMPANIES: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 4173) that would have struck provisions in the bill exempting some public companies from a requirement to submit to external audits of internal controls. The vote, on Dec. 11, was 153 yeas to 271 nays...
Community college (12/22/09)
After months of study, planning for a community college in Cape Girardeau has taken another major step. Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education has approved the plan, which calls for Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff to offer classes at the Career and Technology Center next fall. In addition, Mineral Area Community College in Park Hills, Mo., will continue to offer technology courses at the center...
Speak Out 12/22/09 (12/22/09)
I am incensed that our local churches feel the need to send thousands of dollars of money, goods and food to other countries. We have homeless and hungry people right here in our town. Look out for our own and stop being so blind toward the poor who are right here...
Prayer 12/22/09 (12/22/09)
Guide us, O God, to follow the paths of honorable and just actions. Amen.
Eagle Ridge Christian School Kindergarten Nativity (12/22/09)
Does it mattter that there are 4 Marys, 3 Josephs, No shepherds and a slew of angels? No! The sentiment is the same...Merry Christmas from the Eagle Ridge Christian School Kindergartners!
Holiday Hound Dogs (12/22/09)
Tess The Boxer and Riley The Choc Lab decked out for Christmas 2009.
Local High School, Teacher Give Back to Saint Francis Level III NICU (12/22/09)
Brandie Maddox, a 10th grade teacher at Sikeston High School, and her students donated short- and long-term items for families with infants in Saint Francis Medical Center's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The gifts included toiletries, blankets, snacks and other items useful to NICU families. ...
Railroad Employees Share with Young Patients (12/22/09)
Employees of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway in Chaffee shared their abundance with young patients in the Saint Francis Medical Center Children's Center during Christmas. After the annual BNSF Christmas party, the extra gifts are donated to local charities and pediatric patients. From left, Roberta Terry, RN, BSN, assistant manager of the Children's Center; John Neel, BNSF division train master; Melissa Holley, RN, BSN; and Mike Griffin, BNSF conductor...
Firefighters Local 1084 Donate to the Salvation Army (12/22/09)
On Friday December 18 Cape Girardeau Firefighters Local 1084 made a food donation to the Salvation Army. The large donation included everything needed for many Christmas dinners for local families. Pictured from left to right are Firefighter Jason Rodriguez, Local 1084 President Dean Lynn, Vice President Norman Baker, Cape Girardeau Food Giant Manager Mike Recker and meat department Manager Rob Koch...
VFW donates chickens to Salvation Army (12/22/09)
The VFW Post 3838 donated 500 chickens to the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The chickens will be given to needy families in the area with their Christmas baskets. Five hundred baskets will be given away by Christmas. Pictured from left are Fred Shmidit, Lee Fulbright, Clem Crain, Ben Stillwell of the Salvation Army and Melvin Kuehle...
Brooke Anderson's First duck (12/22/09)
Brooke's first duck, harvested at Ten Mile Pond, 12-21-09. Brian Anderson (father), David Ford (grandfather) were present for this occasion.
BNSF Railway Donates Toys to Southeast Missouri Hospital Pediatrics Unit (12/22/09)
The BNSF Railway Co. recently donated a large quantity of toys to the Southeast Missouri Hospital Pediatrics Unit. From left are John Neel, BNSF trainmaster; Mike Griffin, BNSF train conductor; Pat Reed, Pediatrics Unit secretary; and Shirley Medlock, Pediatrics Unit tech. The donated toys will be used to restock the "Toy Train" which is used throughout the year to provide toys to the Hospital's Pediatrics patients...
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