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Stories from Thursday, December 24, 2009

Upcoming tournament will likely draw more than 20,000 in four days (12/24/09)
The annual hoops tradition, which was originally called the University High Christmas Tournament, has been held at the Show Me Center since 1987.
Abducted woman found alive in central Mississippi (12/24/09)
A Jackson woman abducted this morning in Cape Girardeau by her estranged husband has been found alive in Mississippi.
Families of soldiers cope with Christmas without loved ones (12/24/09)
Christmas will be a bit lonelier this year for Karen Silas of Jackson. She and Spc. David Silas were married July 3. But in September, her husband was deployed to Afghanistan. Karen Silas, who is a sergeant with the Missouri National Guard in Cape Girardeau, said while the time apart from her husband is difficult, family nearby have made the experience easier. She managed to ship some gifts to her husband and plans to spend the holiday with her parents and siblings in the area...
Cape Chamber of Commerce seeking nominations for Small Business of the Year (12/24/09)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce is looking for a thriving small business for its annual Small Business of the Year award, according to KZIM KSIM. Tim Arbeiter, vice president of community development with the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, said small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible for the award, and business owners can nominate their own business.
School mourns loss of Marble Hill teenager (12/24/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Woodland High School sophomore was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 51.
Skeletal remains found in Union County (12/24/09)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Authorities in Southern Illinois' Union County are trying to identify human skeletal remains found near a freeway. Authorities plan an autopsy on the remains found by Illinois State Police troopers. Investigators say there's no immediate evidence of foul play...
Cape public works will pick up extra trash over next two weeks (12/24/09)
The Cape Girardeau Public Works Department will pick up a "reasonable" amount of extra trash beyond the city's normal trash pickup limit over the next two weeks, according to a news release from the city government.
Perry County teenager charged with bashing mailboxes (12/24/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Perry County teenager faces several counts of property damage after police said he was bashing mailboxes.
Bollinger County men face methamphetamine charges in Perry County (12/24/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Two Bollinger County men face methamphetamine-related charges in Perry County following their arrest by Perry County sheriff's deputies Tuesday.
Jackson woman injured in one-vehicle accident at Dutchtown (12/24/09)
A Jackson woman was injured when her car slid off the road and into a water-filled ditch at Dutchtown on Wednesday morning, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Police investigating weekend trailer theft (12/24/09)
Police are investigating a weekend theft of a trailer and other items at the Carpenters District Council in Cape Girardeau. According to Cpl. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, an employee told police that someone broke into the business at 813 Enterprise St. between Friday night and Saturday. Among the items stolen were a trailer valued at $3,000, tools worth $80 and a battery charger that cost $35. No suspects have been identified...
More Missouri students signing up for sign language (12/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Eureka High senior Jessi Weber credits a high school class with inspiring her to one day become an American Sign Language interpreter. She works as a server at Pizza Hut, and has put her sign language to good use a couple of times with deaf customers. "I was hoping to get a good tip," she joked...
Reindeer dropping ornaments, jewelry earn Ill. zoo $20,000 (12/24/09)
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Necklaces and Christmas ornaments made from dime-sized pieces of reindeer droppings have earned the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington $20,884 this holiday season. The Miller Park Zoological Society made about $5,000 selling reindeer-dropping ornaments last year and added necklaces this year when customers asked if jewelry was available. The reindeer droppings are dehydrated, sterilized and spray-painted with glitter. They're called "Magical Reindeer Gems."...
Popular Missouri ATV park to warn users about high lead levels (12/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Starting next month, users of a state park in eastern Missouri will receive warnings about its unhealthy levels of lead. St. Joe State Park outside Park Hills is a popular place for riding all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles. But it contains levels of lead that federal environmental regulators consider unhealthy...
Arbitration panel rules for SIU in chancellor dispute (12/24/09)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An arbitration panel has ruled in favor of Southern Illinois University in a dispute with a former chancellor. The decision released late Tuesday means former chancellor Fernando Trevino isn't entitled to a payout of the estimated $680,000 in salary and benefits remaining on his contract...
Man's body found in truck leads to Missouri standoff (12/24/09)
LADDONIA, Mo. -- A truck driver wanted for questioning after a body was found in the refrigerated compartment of a tractor-trailer was arrested in eastern Missouri on Wednesday after a nearly daylong hostage standoff. Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller said the situation ended peacefully when 38-year-old Chester Harvey Jr. released his 14-year-old son, who was his last hostage, and surrendered...
Illinois Senate hopefuls offer their views on gun control (12/24/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- U.S. Senate candidates in Illinois walk carefully when discussing gun control, with most stressing support for the right to bear arms even if they favor some restrictions. Gun ownership has been an ongoing issue in federal elections in Illinois, with officials trying to reduce violence in Chicago on one side, and downstate hunters and sportsmen who oppose restrictions on the other...
Americans' spending up for second straight month (12/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- Americans are starting to spend a bit more money, but not enough to power a strong economic recovery. Consumer spending posted its second straight monthly increase in November, rising 0.5 percent, the government said Wednesday. But new homes clearly weren't on the shopping list. New home sales plunged unexpectedly to the lowest level since April...
Stocks slightly higher despite housing data (12/24/09)
NEW YORK -- Stocks ended an erratic session with a slender gain Wednesday as rising commodities prices offset disappointment over an unexpected drop in home sales. Gains in commodities drove the shares of energy and materials-producing companies higher, lending support to the overall stock market. Gold, oil and other commodities rose as the dollar dropped...
Guantanamo may have to stay open until 2011 (12/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's commitment to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by next month may be delayed until 2011 because it will take months for the government to buy an Illinois prison and upgrade it to hold suspected terrorists...
BlackBerry users hit by second outage in week (12/24/09)
TORONTO -- The second BlackBerry outage in less than a week disrupted service for millions of users on two continents, frustrating people so reliant on the messaging devices that they peck at their keyboards all day and keep the gadgets on their nightstands while they sleep...
Health bill clears last 60-vote hurdle in Senate; final vote today (12/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats pushed President Barack Obama's health care overhaul past a final procedural hurdle Wednesday, setting up a Christmas Eve vote to pass the legislation extending coverage to 30 million Americans. Democrats voted 60-39 to end a GOP filibuster and move to a final vote today. All 58 Democrats and two independents hung together against unanimous Republican opposition...
Storm moves across nation's midsection (12/24/09)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Holiday travelers battled slick, icy roads and flight cancellations and delays Wednesday as a major winter storm began to spread across much of the nation's midsection -- and the worst of the weather was still expected to come...
Mom calls police on her shoplifting 6-year-old (12/24/09)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio woman who asked that police be called after she caught her 6-year-old daughter shoplifting a package of stickers said Wednesday that she was just trying to teach the girl a lesson early in life. Diane Lyons said she doesn't believe she overreacted when she discovered the girl, Shiane, had taken the $3.11 package of stickers used to make temporary tattoos. Lyons' 10-year-old daughter told her about the theft...
Balloon boy parents are sent to jail for hoax (12/24/09)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The parents who pulled the balloon boy hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show were sentenced to jail Wednesday -- 90 days for him, 20 days for her -- and barred from profiting from their newfound celebrity status for the next four years...
Study finds vaccine limits infections spread by children (12/24/09)
LOS ANGELES -- More hugs, fewer bugs. Holiday visits have become safer for grandparents thanks to a childhood vaccine that has dramatically curbed infections spread by children, a new study finds. For years, serious bacterial infections spiked among older adults around Christmas and New Year's, presumably because of contact with germy children. However, only one such spike has occurred since 2000, when the vaccine, Prevnar, came on the market, researchers report...
Energy futures spike, but pump prices still flat (12/24/09)
Holiday travelers can expect gasoline prices to remain steady into the New Year even though energy futures spiked Wednesday on a big draw down of crude and gasoline supplies. Energy experts were expecting the amount of crude in storage to fall, mostly because refiners empty their tanks at this time of year for tax purposes...
No deaths Jamaica in jet accident (12/24/09)
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Passengers on American Airlines Flight 331 had endured the crowded airports and delays of holiday travel, and were moments from their Caribbean destination. Suddenly, everything seemed to spin out of control. Touching down Tuesday night in a fierce rain, the Boeing 737-800 slammed into the runway of Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport. ...
Bethlehem gets first Christmas rock concert (12/24/09)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- O come all ye faithful to Bethlehem's first Christmas rock festival. A young musician who grew up near Jesus' traditional birthplace feels the old-fashioned way of marking the holiday -- hanging around Manger Square and listening to carols -- is a little dull...
Doctors remove 14 needles from Brazilian boy's body (12/24/09)
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Doctors removed 14 more needles Wednesday from the body of a 2-year-old Brazilian boy who was stuck in what his stepfather has said was a murder plot to spite his wife. Also on Wednesday, police formally filed attempted murder charges against the 30-year-old stepfather, Roberto Carlos Magalhaes, and his lover, Angelina Ribeiro dos Santos, 47...
Top-seeded ND routs Jackson in championship of Holiday Classic (12/24/09)
It was evident from the outset Wednesday night that the Notre Dame Regional High School girls basketball team would not be denied in its quest for a title. The top-seeded Bulldogs completed a dominant run through the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic with a 50-23 rout of third-seeded Jackson at the Show Me Center...
Central girls rebound with consolation title (12/24/09)
The Central girls basketball team bounced back nicely from a first-round loss in the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic for the second straight year. Two seasons in a row the Tigers fell to Sparta, Ill., in their opening tournament game. And two years in a row Central rebounded with a pair of wins to claim the consolation title, or fifth place in the eight-team event...
Alexander looks for big ending (12/24/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For some players, the college years are a smooth highway that leads to the NFL. In the case of Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander, it's been closer to a long, winding, country road. Alexander was a second-team All-American his senior year, far exceeding expectations after three injury-plagued seasons. ...
Mizzou ends Braggin' skid (12/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Kim English scored 24 points while matching his career best with five 3-pointers, and Missouri hounded Illinois into a season-high 22 turnovers in an 81-68 victory that ended the Tigers' nine-year losing streak in the Braggin' Rights game on Wednesday night...
Rams are getting healthier at QB (12/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Three days in bed with flu-like symptoms did wonders for Kyle Boller's thigh injury. Now he's just got to shake off the rust. Boller returned to practice with St. Louis Rams on Wednesday, and the team plans to ease him back into the mix. He's missed the last two games, the first due to a bruised left thigh, and again last week due to an illness he said was not swine flu...
Braves reach agreement with Glaus (12/24/09)
ATLANTA -- The power-hungry Atlanta Braves are hoping longtime third baseman Troy Glaus can fill the team's void at first base. The Braves have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract with Troy Glaus, a person with knowledge of the negotiations to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is not final...
Vick wins Eagles' Courage Award (12/24/09)
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick's peers appreciate his tough journey back to the NFL. Vick won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on by his teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles, after the once-disgraced star quarterback returned to the league after spending 18 months in a federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring...
Steroids cheaters is AP's top story of '09 (12/24/09)
Alex Rodriguez joined the list of cheaters this year, and Manny Ramirez and David "Big Papi" Ortiz are forever tainted now, too. Five years after Major League Baseball added punishments to its testing program, questions about performance-enhancing drugs still swirl around America's favorite pastime. The sport's ongoing drug problem was chosen as the 2009 Story of the Year by members of The Associated Press, outmuscling even the shocking downfall of Tiger Woods...
Young fashion fans know how to pull it together (12/24/09)
NEW YORK -- Dressing down -- for the office, special occasions and even supposed black-tie affairs -- has been around so long that today's teenagers and 20-somethings are over it. Instead of embracing the sloppy look that society has come to expect from its youth, this generation takes pride in pulling its look together. ...
Faith in the future (12/24/09)
Dec. 24, 2009 Christmas letter 2009 Dear family and friends, Greetings from Lorimier Street, where the red berry tree in the front yard now leans like a drunken New Year's Eve reveler. Last winter's ice storm changed the tree and reminded many people in the region that a warm house is no birthright. We kept our power but have learned from our friend Carolyn, who didn't and now has a new fireplace. Eden wasn't heated either...
Gladys Tuschhoff (12/24/09)
Gladys Tuschhoff, 81, of Jackson died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Ellen Hope (12/24/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Ellen Gladys Hope, 86, of De Soto, Mo., formerly of Chaffee died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the Villa in De Soto. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Sam Cathey (12/24/09)
Samuel A. "Sam" Cathey, 22, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, in an automobile accident in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 17, 1987, in Sikeston, Mo., to Darlene Cathey. Sam was a 2005 graduate of Central High School. He was self-employed and was accomplished in roofing, concrete work and auto repair. He also worked for Hoffman Fireworks...
Elda Fritsche (12/24/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elda L. Fritsche, 92, of Perryville died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born Sept. 16, 1917, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Rudolph and Martha Lohmann Schuessler. She and Erwin R. Fritsche were married May 9, 1943. He died Oct. 27, 1999...
Linda Rackers (12/24/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Linda Gayle Rackers, 65, of Bonnots Mill, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at her home. She was born July 27, 1944, in Ferriday, La., daughter of Joseph and Muriel Ziegler Grover. Visitation will be from noon to service time Monday at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance...
Mary Harold (12/24/09)
Mary K. Harold, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Beaver Meadows, Pa., daughter of John Michael and Mary Kost Kotch. She and Frank J. Harold were married Oct. 2, 1954, in Beaver Meadows...
Bernice Raines (12/24/09)
Bernice Rose Raines, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born June 15, 1921, in Kelso, Mo., to Franklin Riley and Anna Pauline Leible Raines. Raines was a waitress at Farmers Restaurant, part owner of Courtesy Cleaners and also worked at Heil Beauty Supply...
Dennis James (12/24/09)
Dennis A. James, 57, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 14, 1952, in Bonne Terre, Mo., to Verlon and Dorothea Waller James. He was owner of James Window and Siding Co. in Jackson several years. He was a member of Jackson Elks Lodge...
Stephen Haupt (12/24/09)
Stephen Paul Haupt, 57, of Monrovia, Calif., passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Monrovia. He was born Aug. 5, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, son of John and Loretta Halter Haupt. Stephen was a graduate of College High School, worked for B.J. Hughes Oil Co. in Colorado and was employed by Bank of America 25 years...
Births 12/24/09 (12/24/09)
Daughter to Matthew and Kyla Ressel of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:17 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. Name, Ella Mae. Weight, 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Mrs. Ressel is the former Kyla Smith, daughter of Barb and Sam Herndon of Scott City and Rodney and Judy Smith of Jackson. She is employed by the state of Missouri Disability Determinations. Ressel is the son of Bradley and Sandy Ressel of Scott City. He is employed at Glazer's Midwest...
Police report 12/24/09 (12/24/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Assaults Thefts Burglary Property damage Miscellaneous Jackson...
Fire report 12/24/09 (12/24/09)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 12/24/09 (12/24/09)
Cape Girardeau Central High School plans to initiate a new program to recognize exemplary student attitude; the Student of the Month award will include a certificate and the student's picture on display in the main lobby trophy case. SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously at a recent meeting to support the repeal of the blue law prohibiting stores to open on Sundays; two petitions are now being circulated in the Sikeston area -- one in Scott County and one in New Madrid County -- asking for the issue to be placed before voters.. ...
A truly heartwarming, inspiring Christmas story (12/24/09)
By Nancy W. Gavin It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas -- oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it: overspending ... ...
Christmas story (12/24/09)
It is a simple story, but the birth in a stable some 2,000 years ago changed the world. On this Christmas Eve, the story is told again from the Holy Bible (the Gospel according to St. Luke, Chapter 2):And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one unto his own city...
Toybox deliveries add to Christmas memories (12/24/09)
Santa hit the streets of Cape Girardeau Monday night in a big red suit while driving 23 white vans full of toys for children in Cape Girardeau. The 2009 Jaycee Toybox was another success thanks to the generosity of so many in and around our community...
Speak Out 12/24/09 (12/24/09)
WHEN I was in school, which has been many years ago, I was taught that we create carbon dioxide, while plants absorb carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. A recent comment claims the increase of carbon dioxide will kill all vegetation. That is contrary to what I learned. Immoral transfer...
Prayer 12/24/09 (12/24/09)
For the miracles of redemption and salvation, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
Congrats to Stephanie Vandeven of Perryville (12/24/09)
Stephanie and her family won our 2009 $1500 Christmas Giveaway. We had alot of entries and we wish we could help everyone but unfortunately there can only be one winner! We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! From our family at Perryville Discount Furniture...
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