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Top stories of 2009 (12/27/09)
For Southeast Missouri, 2009 presented a number of continuing challenges. The region was devastated again by a crippling coat of ice. Area businesses and governments coped with the fallout from a stalling economy. County commission infighting played out in the court system and will reach the state's highest court. After more than two years, a deal was reached to bring community college services to Cape Girardeau...
Sikeston man killed in accident on Route WW (12/27/09)
A Sikeston, Mo., man died Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident in Stoddard County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Richard L. Hale, 45, of Sikeston was driving a 2010 Dodge northbound on Route WW five miles north of Dudley, Mo., when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and a sign and overturned...
Movies a Christmas Day tradition for some (12/27/09)
The commercial landscape around Cape West 14 Cine was empty for the first time in months Friday. The parking lot of the theater, however, was packed with cars as people crowded into one of the few places open Christmas Day.
Highway patrol continues search for woman washed away Thursday (12/27/09)
Rescuers will enter a fourth day of their search for a Stoddard County woman who was washed away in a ditch Thursday morning.
Road work to reduce part of Kingshighway to one lane starting Monday (12/27/09)
Part of north- and southbound Kingshighway will be reduced to one lane starting Monday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair pavement from Southern Expressway to Silver Springs Road.
Jackson man allegedly kidnaps wife, takes her to Mississippi (12/27/09)
A Jackson man faces felony kidnapping charges after allegedly abducting his wife Thursday. The Cape Girardeau Police Department issued an advisory alert for Jessica Douglas, 24, Thursday afternoon after she was missing from work. Authorities found her at a hotel north of Jackson, Miss., that evening...
Accident near Perryville injures two (12/27/09)
Two women from Sedgewickville, Mo., were flown to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau after they received moderate injuries in a Saturday morning car accident south of Perryville, Mo. Mae L. Dickerson, 80, was driving north on Highway 51 when she went off the right side of the road, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. ...
No suspects in AM PM robbery (12/27/09)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department has no suspects in a Christmas robbery at AM PM. About 6:30 p.m. Friday, a man wearing dark clothing came into the gas station at 1101 William St., said patrolman David Willingham. The man showed the clerk a handgun, took an unidentified amount of cash from the register and left...
Sikeston man sustains moderate injuries after car strikes embankment (12/27/09)
MINER, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Mo., man suffered moderate injuries this morning after his vehicle struck an embankment.
Local ambulance district recognizes employees for life saving efforts (12/27/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Six employees of the Stoddard County Ambulance District were honored with the district's Star of Life Awards recently at its annual Christmas party.
Mo. Gov. Nixon to seek stronger water quality laws (12/27/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon plans to seek stronger water quality laws during the 2010 legislative session after his administration was criticized this year for its handling of test results showing high levels of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks...
Winter storm in Missouri sets record (12/27/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A winter storm that has blanketed Missouri with up to a foot of snow is one for the record books. The National Weather Service in the Kansas City suburb of Pleasant Hill says 3.7 inches of snow fell Friday in Kansas City. That breaks the previous Christmas Day snowfall record of 2.5 inches set in 1895...
Nigerian man charged in airliner attack (12/27/09)
DETROIT -- A 23-year-old Nigerian man who claimed to have ties to al-Qaida was charged Saturday with trying to destroy a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, as authorities around the world urgently sought to learn more about him. Some airline passengers traveling Saturday felt the consequences of the frightening attack. They were told that new U.S. regulations prevented them from leaving their seats beginning an hour before landing...
Even as economy mends, a jobless decade may loom (12/27/09)
WASHINGTON -- Call it the Terrible Teens. The decade ahead could be a brutal one for America's unemployed -- and for people with jobs hoping for pay raises. At best, it could take until the middle of the decade for the nation to generate enough jobs to drive down the unemployment rate to a normal 5 or 6 percent and keep it there. At worst, that won't happen until much later -- perhaps not until the next decade...
Virginia lab IDs Argentine 'dirty war' victims by DNA (12/27/09)
WASHINGTON -- Victoria Avila was 1 when her father went missing, snatched up by agents of Argentina's former military dictatorship in 1977. Now, Victor Hugo Avila is no longer among the ranks of the disappeared. Thanks to DNA tests conducted at a lab in Lorton, Va., scientists are helping families of the long-lost victims of a defunct junta identify the remains of loved ones -- with 42 matches in 2009 alone...
Activist: U.S. missionary crosses into North Korea (12/27/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- An American Christian missionary slipped into isolated North Korea on Christmas Day, shouting that he brought God's love and carrying a letter urging leader Kim Jong Il to step down and free all political prisoners, an activist said...
Winter weather disrupts travel in Plains and East (12/27/09)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Drifting snow and cold rain that have plagued much of the country for days stranded drivers and airline passengers Saturday trying to get home after Christmas. Storms from Texas to the Upper Midwest that dumped 23.9 inches of snow in Grand Forks, N.D., and 18 inches near Norfolk, Neb., began subsiding, but blowing and drifting snow hampered visibility in many areas...
Post-Christmas deal hunters find sparse shelves (12/27/09)
Shoppers headed to America's malls Saturday, many with gift cards in hand, hoping to snag after-Christmas discounts. They were greeted with big markdowns -- in some cases topping 75 percent off -- but often found limited selection. Crowds were mixed during the kickoff of the week after Christmas, which last year accounted for nearly 15 percent of holiday retail sales...
Airline passengers see tighter security (12/27/09)
Extra pat-downs before boarding. No getting up for the last hour of the flight. More bomb-sniffing dogs. Airports worldwide tightened security a day after a passenger tried to light some kind of explosive on a flight into Detroit. The Transportation Security Administration wouldn't say exactly what it was doing differently on Saturday. It didn't need to...
Pope doing fine two days after Christmas scare (12/27/09)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI appeared in good shape Saturday as he addressed the faithful two days after a woman knocked him down at the start of Christmas Eve Mass. Benedict spoke about the plight of persecuted Christians around the world and did not mention the incident in his message to a crowd gathered in a rainy St. Peter's Square...
Israel kills 6 Palestinians in surge of violence (12/27/09)
NABLUS, West Bank -- Israeli troops blasted their way into the homes of three wanted Palestinians on Saturday, killing each in a hail of bullets and straining an uneasy security arrangement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel's military said the three, affiliated with a violent offshoot of Abbas' Fatah movement, were targeted for killing an Israeli settler in a roadside ambush earlier in the week and had turned down a chance to surrender...
From the Pulpit: Called to serve, assigned to Cape (12/27/09)
Tom Sullenger turned 56 this year and marked his 56th year of life with a church. Sullenger has been a pastor for 29 years and came to Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau on July 1. Aside from nurturing his congregation, Sullenger is a husband, father of three and grandfather of four. Although he has many hobbies, lately he has taken up historic re-enactment of the 1840s fur trade period with his sons...
Veterans, shelter animals meet with Pets2Vets program (12/27/09)
WASHINGTON -- Dave Sharpe was troubled by thoughts he couldn't share after he returned from serving in Iraq. "I found myself waking up in the middle of the night, punching holes in walls, kicking and beating the refrigerator door," he said. Then one day, the former Air Force senior airman went with a friend to a local pit bull rescue and took home a puppy, Cheyenne. ...
Pet of the week (12/27/09)
Pet name: Macy Grae Owner: Cindy Garland Favorite activity: Being cute and sleeping. ...
Church selects Ryan Ewing as man of the year (12/27/09)
Ryan Ewing of Cape Girardeau was elected 2009 man of the year by the pastor, officers and members of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church. Ewing is the Sunday school superintendent and sings in the chancel choir. He received the award at the 155th session of the Missouri Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. At the conference, Louise Duncan, who also attends St. James, was made a deaconess...
Wilburn graduates officer candidate training phase (12/27/09)
Karen J. Wilburn graduated from Officer Candidate School Phase III training at North Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army National Guard. The two-week training is the final phase of a three-phase, 14-month training period. ...
Jackson alumnus completes basic training (12/27/09)
Army Pvt. Eric J. Barnard has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. ...
Cape youth group wraps presents at the mall (12/27/09)
The youth group from Cape Community Church of God has spent its nights and free time at the mall during the holiday season -- not shopping, but wrapping presents for other people. The group only accepts donations, and the money funds camps, conventions and service projects like delivering teddy bears to childrean in the hospital on Valentine's Day and hosting a free outdoor youth concert in August. ...
Adopt Lulu (12/27/09)
Adopt Trixie (12/27/09)
Trixie is an orange-and-black tortoiseshell cat that is less than 2 years old. She is sweet and lovable. Trixie is spayed and up to date on shots. For more information, contact Safe Harbor at 243-9823. ...
Resolve to trust in the new year (12/27/09)
Sometimes the many joys of Christmas produce a hectic schedule -- hours of Christmas travels to see family near and far, attending Christmas concerts, cantatas, parties and standing in line to get that important last-minute gift. All are good, all are fun (except for standing in line), but between Christmas and New Year's you just need to catch your breath...
Army man tries to disprove 'crazy cat lady' myth (12/27/09)
LOS ANGELES -- You don't have to be a crazy cat lady to have more than one cat at a time -- and Army Spc. Nathan Davis wrote the essay to prove it. Davis' essay about a day with his cats, Cmdr. Frank Sinatra and Sgt. Snog, won a contest to debunk stereotypes of "crazy cat ladies." He gets $5,000, a year's worth of Purina's Tidy Cats and a role in a Webisode promoting the litter...
Collection is a cut above (12/27/09)
Edith Robinson-Mitzel had always wanted to be a collector of something. She loved shopping in antique stores during her travels with her husband and always wanted to bring something small and inexpensive home with her. Robinson-Mitzel said she read about a man who collected cookie cutters and decided she, too, would collect the small pastry shapers...
For well-behaved pet, take tips from zoo trainers (12/27/09)
You'll never have to teach a panda to walk on a leash. But if any kind of animal lives in your house, trainers at the zoo have some useful lessons for you. Modern training methods rely on a simple principle of learning: If an action has a pleasurable consequence, the animal will repeat it. Or as animal behaviorist Emily Weiss puts it, "If it feels good, do it again."...
The scarce, special reason for the season (12/27/09)
Scarcity is at the heart of the law of supply and demand. The more scarce a needed resource is, the less available it is and the more people want it. Some actors who have the means will fly their hairdressers to far-flung and exotic locales because hairdresser X cuts and styles a coiffure just right. If for some reason that in-demand hairdresser were unable to make the trip, however, the actor would somehow get a haircut from someone else. It wouldn't be the same, but it would be manageable...
Female deer less reclusive than bucks (12/27/09)
A female deer is called a doe. This is a yearling whitetail doe feeding on the last of autumn leaves still clinging to life on an invasive multifloral rose. The whitetail doe is less reclusive than her male counterpart. Because of this, the doe is generally more visible than the buck. ...
Emma Grindstaff (12/27/09)
PATTON, Mo. -- Emma Gertrude Grindstaff, 92, of Patton died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at the Claru Deville Nursing Home in Fredericktown, Mo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Patton. The funeral will be at noon at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Donald Sander officiating...
Joyce Coffman (12/27/09)
Joyce Ann Coffman, 73, of Jackson died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
Pamela Dover (12/27/09)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Pamela Kay Brust Dover, 59, of Villa Ridge died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at her home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home...
Natalie Johnson (12/27/09)
Natalie Grace Johnson, infant daughter of Andrew Farrow and Patricia Ann (Chaudoin) Johnson of Millersville, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be private. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements...
Lauren Rhodes (12/27/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Lauren Brooke Rhodes, 16, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, as a result of a one-vehicle accident. She was born Oct. 27, 1993, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Kenneth R. and Mekesha Seets Rhodes Jr. Lauren was a sophomore at Woodland High School, where she was an honor student and a member of FCCLA, FFA and Beta Club. She played softball and was a member of the United Methodist Church...
Edna N. Schumer (12/27/09)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Edna N. Vasterling Schumer, 91, of Ste. Genevieve died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 16, 1918, in Burfordville, Mo., daughter of Martin W. and Amanda Sander Vasterling. She and Howard D. Schumer were married June 5, 1945, at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson. He preceded her in death...
Gladys Hope (12/27/09)
DE SOTO, Mo. -- Gladys Hope, 86, of De Soto, formerly of Chaffee, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at The Villa in De Soto. She was born Feb. 27, 1923, at Allenville, daughter of Robert and Maude Williams Chapman. She and Thomas "Tommy" Hope were married Dec. 24, 1947. He died March 18, 1993...
Stephen Haupt (12/27/09)
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...
Elizabeth Blackwell (12/27/09)
Elizabeth L. "Betty" Blackwell, 80, of Jackson died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at her home. She was born March 20, 1929, in Cape Girardeau to Henry Marshall and Alberta Wright Lewis. She and Bob Blackwell were married Friday, Sept. 15, 1950, at Piggott, Ark...
Lucille Christoff (12/27/09)
Lucille Rose Christoff, 91, of Cape Girardeau died at 7:05 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the Lutheran Home Assisted Living Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 30, 1918, in Cape Girardeau to Alvin and Elma Vandever Haas. She married Virgil Christoff on Sept. 20, 1940. He preceded her in death June 1, 1998...
Loretta Mize (12/27/09)
Loretta Fay Mize, 69, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at her home. She was born Jan. 27, 1940, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of Bert and Ruth Briscoe. She married James Clyde Mize on July 5, 1955, in Poplar Bluff. She was a member of Fruitland Community Church. She retired from National Foods where she worked in both Cape Girardeau and St. Louis for 25 years...
Irene Eaker (12/27/09)
Irene Theresa Eaker, 102, a professional businesswoman in Cape Girardeau for many years, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at Brentwood Nursing Center in Florissant, Mo. She was born June 21, 1907, in Biehle, Mo., one of eight children born to Leo and Julia Blechle Geringer. She was raised in Cape Girardeau...
Clara Barnett (12/27/09)
Clara Mildred Barnett, 97, of Scott City died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at the Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born July 20, 1912, in Anna, Ill., the daughter of Samuel Clarence and Elizabeth Izora Holshouser McCommons. She and James Alfred Barnett were married May 20, 1928, at Benton, Mo. He preceded her in death Oct. 12, 1969...
Maurine Brunkhorst (12/27/09)
Maurine Brunkhorst, 86, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 21, 1923, in Ancell, Mo., to Charles Welter and Regina Essner Welter. Maurine was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Ann's Sodality. She worked for the Southeast Missourian for 35 years...
Gladys Tuschhoff (12/27/09)
Gladys G. Tuschhoff, 81, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 30, 1928, in Millersville, to John A. and Naida Kistner Peek Sr. She and Walter D. Tuschhoff were married Oct. 25, 1947. He passed away June 9, 1982...
Bremer - Brown (12/27/09)
Danielle Lea Bremer and Charles Montgomery Brown were married June 13, 2009, at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. Tom Kiefer performed the ceremony. Music was by Jill Rickard and St. Mary's Cathedral Choir. The bride is the daughter of Ann Winkler and Dale Bremer of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Robert Charles and Doreen Brown of Cape Girardeau...
Hale-cantrell - byrne (12/27/09)
Ashlee Hale-Cantrell and Dr. Joseph Bernard Byrne were married May 30, 2009, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. David Hulshof performed the ceremony. Pianist was Lenny Kuper, and vocalist was Cynthia Bradshaw, both of Cape Girardeau. The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Bobbie Hale of Foley, Ala., formerly of Cairo, Ill. The groom is the son of Dr. Joseph and Janice Byrne of Brentwood, Calif...
Mack - Clover (12/27/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Suzanna Christine Mack and Matthew Wade Clover were married Oct. 18, 2008, at St. Denis Catholic Church. The Rev. John Harth performed the ceremony. Lector was Kari Jackson of Olathe, Kan., cousin of the bride. Organist was Betty Ressel of Kelso, Mo., and vocalists were Joannie Kirby and Jimmy Simmons of Benton...
Loftis - Skelton (12/27/09)
Randall and Robin Loftis of Saginaw, Texas, and Lana Andrews of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Ashley Loftis, to Alexander Joseph Skelton. He is the son of Steven and Susan Skelton of Jackson. Loftis is a 2006 graduate of Central High School. She expects to receive a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2010...
Matlock - Miller (12/27/09)
James Kim and Darla Matlock of McClure, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Gayle Matlock, to Seth A. Miller. He is the son of Michael and Lisa Ellison of Scott City. Matlock is a 2007 graduate of Shawnee High School. She is employed at APAC Customer Service in Tampa, Fla...
Dixon - 50 years (12/27/09)
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dixon of Jackson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 26, 2009. A reception is planned at a later date. Dixon and Betty Evans were married Dec. 26, 1959, at First Methodist Church in West Plains, Mo. Mrs. Dixon is a graduate of Bloomfield High School and Missouri Baptist School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse at Richland Public Schools and at Procter and Gamble...
Trentham - 50 Years (12/27/09)
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Trentham of Jackson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception Dec. 26, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Jackson. Hosts were their sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Angela Trentham of Greenville, N.C., Stephen and Dawn Trentham and Patrick and Rachel Trentham of St. Louis...
Schreiner - 50 Years (12/27/09)
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Schreiner of Jackson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 29, 2009, at Jackson Senior Center. Hosts were their son, Steve, and his family Diana, Cale and Athena. Schreiner and Janet Keesee were married Nov. 29, 1959, at Scott City Baptist Church...
Fire report 12/27/09 (12/27/09)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Police report 12/27/09 (12/27/09)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs The Jackson Police Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses Cape Girardeau County The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 12/27/09 (12/27/09)
Another legal obstacle has been placed in the path of the multipurpose building project; a four-count lawsuit was filed yesterday in Circuit Court by project opponents; among other things, the new suit asks the court to declare last year's bond issue and gross receipts tax elections "void and of no effect."...
Christmas hoops (12/27/09)
The 2009 Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament opened Saturday at the Show Me Center and will resume at 9 a.m. Monday. Quarterfinals are slated for Tuesday followed by finals Wednesday. The tournament brings together 16 high school boys basketball teams from throughout Southeast Missouri, many having rivalries going back for decades...
Thanks for sponsoring Air Force band concert, which was a huge success (12/27/09)
On behalf of the members of the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, I would like to thank the Southeast Missourian for sponsoring our performance in Cape Girardeau last month. It was a very successful concert. We sincerely appreciate your hospitality, sponsorship and advertising our performance at the Bedell Performance Hall. What a treat it was for us to perform in such a wonderful facility...
Speak Out 12/27/09 (12/27/09)
CONGRESS gives a whole new meaning to "Buy America." The Nebraska purchase is only the latest. I am disappointed with the Central Middle School policy punishing students who do not participate in a school fundraiser. Students who did not sell cookie dough were not allowed to participate in a school assembly. ...
Prayer 12/27/09 (12/27/09)
For your many divine gifts, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Waiting for Santa (12/27/09)
Loves to look out the window at the cows
Cute little Santa Dogs (12/27/09)
Here is Cinnamon & Gizmo decked out in their Santa outfits ready to open their presents!! This was Gizmo's 1st Christmas! Merry Christmas Everyone!!
Santa Gizmo (12/27/09)
This is Gizmo dressed up like Santa and ready to hand out the presents.
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