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Stories from Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bitter cold, snow in the forecast for Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois (01/06/10)
Emergency officials are stressing preparedness ahead of a winter storm that could dump up to four inches of snow, and possibly more in isolated areas, tonight and Thursday morning.
Former Jackson wedding planner sentenced on credit card fraud charges (01/06/10)
STEELVILLE, Mo. -- A former Jackson wedding planner accused of illegally using client credit cards was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Crawford County Circuit Judge William Seay imposed the sentence on Michael J. Erz­feld, 41, who pleaded guilty in November to a single felony count of fraudulent use of a credit device.
Review finds no discrimination in MoDOT program (01/06/10)
A federal review of Missouri Department of Transportation programs for women- and minority-owned businesses found "no evidence of discrimination," but it made several recommendations for improving outreach to and use of those firms for state highway work...
Cape school bond package will result in $28,500 net increase in operating costs (01/06/10)
Nearly a week before the Cape Girardeau School Board is scheduled to vote on a proposal to approach voters with an almost $40 million bond issue, its size and impact on the district budget remained a concern for some board members. During the two-and-a-half hour discussion Tuesday, board members mulled over statistics calculated by a team of architects, engineers, financial advisers and construction managers. ...
Winter storm safety tips (01/06/10)
The City of Cape Girardeau and the American Red Cross offer the following safety tips for extreme winter weather. If the electricity is Off: spoil for several days. Open your freezer as infrequently and for the shortest time possible. Drive defensively! When trying to stop on snow or ice, use brakes lightly. Be aware of your surroundings...
Lawyer charged with disseminating juvenile court records in Stoddard County (01/06/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo.-- Stoddard County officials await the assignment of a new judge and a special prosecutor before proceeding with a case involving a Sikeston, Mo., lawyer accused of disseminating confidential juvenile reports and records.
Three dozen turn out for Cape City Council's zoning open house (01/06/10)
A proposed new zoning code for Cape Girardeau is on track for a vote next week following an open house discussion that drew nearly three dozen people to city hall. For the past year, city planning staffers have been overhauling the city's zoning ordinance, the first complete rewrite since 1967. The work also includes an updated zoning map that will implement the new code if it is adopted by the Cape Girardeau City Council...
Southeast president named chair-elect of national association (01/06/10)
Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Ken Dobbins has been named chair-elect of the board of directors of a national public university association. Dobbins received the appointment at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' annual meeting in November. The association represents more than 430 public colleges and universities throughout the country...
40 duck carcasses dumped by road in Stoddard County (01/06/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Authorities are trying to find out who discarded 40 duck carcasses on the side of County Road 717 on the east end of the Cottonbelt area of Dexter. The birds, all contained inside two large trash bags, were found around 3 p.m. Thursday by a passer-by who called the authorities...
Ex-DNR aide: Test results for E. coli delayed for context (01/06/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former Missouri environmental official said Tuesday he delayed publicizing test results showing high bacteria levels in the Lake of the Ozarks so the agency could develop an improvement plan. Former Department of Natural Resources deputy director Joe Bindbeutel testified before a Senate environment committee investigating the delay that he thought it would have been irresponsible to publicize last May's bacteria test results without explaining what they meant and being able to present a plan for cleaning the Lake of the Ozarks.. ...
Southern Illinois sheriff accused in murder-for-hire scheme urged to resign (01/06/10)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Federal charges that the longtime sheriff of Gallatin County in Southern Illinois sold marijuana while in uniform seemed odd enough to county board chairman Randy Drone. But new allegations the sheriff plotted from jail to have someone killed made the case even stranger...
Petitioning to start on Missouri eminent domain measure (01/06/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Backers of ballot initiatives limiting the use of eminent domain to take private property will soon be seeking signatures on petitions for a November vote on their proposals. A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday rewrote a summary of one the constitutional amendments sponsored by Missouri Citizens for Property Rights and rejected a legal challenge to the group's second amendment...
Fla. farmers scramble to save crops (01/06/10)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Subfreezing temperatures across the South have Florida farmers worried that strawberry, tomato and other crops could be destroyed, with temperatures in even usually balmy Miami only in the 50s on Tuesday. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed an executive order that gives the state's Division of Emergency Management and other agencies the authority to provide growers with assistance. ...
Housing market may be headed for 'double-dip' downturn (01/06/10)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people preparing to buy a home fell sharply in November, a new sign that the housing market may be headed for a "double-dip" downturn over the winter. The figures Tuesday came after a similarly discouraging report on new home sales, illustrating how heavily the housing market depends right now on government help...
Bottles of honey, airline's placeholder luggage delay flights at two U.S. airports (01/06/10)
FRESNO, Calif. -- Seemingly suspicious pieces of luggage delayed flights at two airports Tuesday, prompting evacuations in Minneapolis and closing a California airport where authorities discovered what turned out to be soft drink bottles filled with what appeared to be honey...
Central boys rough up Ste. Gen 58-26 (01/06/10)
After losing to Ste. Genevieve last year, the Central High School boys basketball team prepared for a battle. Little did the Tigers know avenging that defeat would be so easy. With Ste. Genevieve rebuilding and Central surging, the Tigers blistered the visiting Dragons 58-26 on Tuesday night...
High school round up: St. Vincent advances to Delta tourney semifinals (01/06/10)
All the scores from Tuesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Blues hit road under new coach (01/06/10)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues' abysmal home record got coach Andy Murray fired last week. Now they hit the road, where they've played very well, for three straight under interim coach Davis Payne. The Blues have been a confounding team. They're an NHL-worst 6-14-3 at home after losing 6-3 in Payne's first game Saturday only hours after Murray was fired, but they're one of the league's better teams on enemy ice at 11-4-3...
Rams GM likes team's nucleus (01/06/10)
ST. LOUIS -- That 1-15 record must be a misprint. For a franchise that appears to have hit rock bottom after its third horrible year in a row (six wins total), St. Louis Rams players, coaches and front office personnel seem pretty optimistic that good times are not that far away...
Randy Johnson retires after 22 seasons (01/06/10)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Randy Johnson looked so awkward on the mound early in his career, that shaggy hair dangling down his neck as he fired a blazing fastball in every direction but the strike zone. Now after 22 major league seasons, The Big Unit is walking away from baseball as one of the game's greatest pitchers...
Perfect Holliday ending (01/06/10)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals persuaded another star player to stick around. This time it was really expensive and took a little longer than anticipated. Matt Holliday agreed Tuesday to a $120 million, seven-year contract that is baseball's richest deal of the offseason and the biggest in franchise history. Just like Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen before him, the power-hitting outfielder signed to stay in St. Louis...
Athletes play for pride while coaches get bonuses (01/06/10)
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The players at Texas and Alabama will compete Thursday night for the chance to be called national champions and for a beautiful crystal trophy to be placed outside their locker room. Their coaches have even more at stake...
Iowa wins Orange Bowl 24-14 (01/06/10)
MIAMI -- Stymied by the Iowa Hawkeyes' swarming defense, Georgia Tech found itself out of options. No. 10 Iowa solved Tech's explosive triple option and Ricky Stanzi threw two early touchdown passes for a 24-14 victory Tuesday night in the coldest Orange Bowl ever...
Expert tips to prevent freezing pipes, thaw frozen pipes (01/06/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Temperatures hovering near 0 degrees could mean problems with frozen water lines. Homeowners should take precautions to prevent pipes from freezing and know to how to thaw frozen pipes safely, according to University of Missouri Extension experts...
Recipe Swap: Recipes from the Altenburg museum (01/06/10)
One of the highlights of my entire Christmas was taking the Country Church Tour in Cape Girardeau and Perry counties. My friend Doloris Meyr and my sister Pat and I toured as many churches as we could get around to. If you have not taken the tour, I highly recommend it. At several of the churches there was singing, some in German, refreshments and lots of friendly people ready to tell you all about their church and its history.
Dr. Grow: Start growing spring plants in winter (01/06/10)
Brrrrrrr! It's cold outside, but I feel spring in my bones. So I'm going to start my own vegetable garden and flower seeds right now in the dead of winter instead of buying plants in April and May at a garden center. In order to get started, purchase a 1020 tray and divider from your local garden center. Get ones with holes in the bottom. The holes allow excess water to drain away...
ESPN and Discovery pushing third dimension for television (01/06/10)
NEW YORK -- Two major cable networks -- ESPN and Discovery -- said Tuesday they plan to start beaming 3-D entertainment into peoples' homes for the first time. Riding what could be one of the next big waves in consumer electronics, ESPN said it will have a 3-D channel for broadcasting live sports events in time for the FIFA World Cup soccer match on June 11. The channel will not operate 24 hours a day, but plans at least 85 live events in its first year...
Elton McMurtry (01/06/10)
Elton McMurtry, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at his home. Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid, Mo., was in charge of arrangements.
David Hartle (01/06/10)
David Edward Hartle, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. A committal service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., with full military honors. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements...
Delta Bradley (01/06/10)
Delta Marjorie Bradley, 92, of Jackson died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Fords and Son Funeral Home.
Jim Eaker (01/06/10)
Jim E. Eaker, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, son of Orville and Eva Bell Eaker. He and Patsy "Jean" McLain were married Sept. 16, 1961, in Jackson. Jim was a graduate of Central High School and a member of its baseball team. He played softball for the Cape Merchants and was an avid Cardinals fan, golfer and hunter...
Fred Moreno (01/06/10)
Fred A. Moreno, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Heartland Care and Rehab. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Beardslee (01/06/10)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- Rose Beardslee, 90, of Hillsboro died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Illmo (Scott City), daughter to William Henry and Rose Missouri Palmer Shaw. Survivors include five children, Ruth Beardslee of St. ...
Kenneth Wright (01/06/10)
Kenneth Wright, 81, of Millersville died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Cape Girardeau, to Oscar and Minnie Hoffmeister Wright. He and Jerry Jean Dickerson were married Aug. 7, 1948. She preceded him in death Nov. 4, 1974...
Johnnie Waggoner (01/06/10)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Johnnie Eugene Waggoner, 78, of Zalma died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 5, 1931, at Willow Springs, Mo., son of John Henry and Effie Francis Moore Waggoner. He and Norma Jean Seabaugh were united in marriage Dec. 3, 1952...
Ivan Elliott (01/06/10)
Ivan Elliott, 92, of Burnt Prairie, Ill., passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Gray Township, Ill., son of Johnnie and Cora Ridenour Elliott. He and Elizabeth Joyce "Betty" Gabel were married Oct. 15, 1949. She preceded him in death Oct. 14, 2004...
Jeff Stallings (01/06/10)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Martin Jeffrey "Jeff" Stallings, 47, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at his residence in Charleston. He was born Feb. 10, 1962, in Sikeston, Mo., to Martin and Cora Sue Hutcheson Stallings, who survive in Charleston. A graduate of Charleston High School, Jeff received a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri in Columbia...
Births 1/6/10 (01/06/10)
Daughter to James Noel and LaDonna Lynn Beard of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 6:04 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. Name, Madison Louise. Weight, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Mrs. Beard is the former LaDonna Perr, daughter of Debbie and Howard Perr of Scott City and James and Lisa Dale of Jackson. She is a 911 dispatcher with city of Cape Girardeau. Beard is the son of Daniel and Kay Beard of Jackson. He is a press operator at Nordenia USA...
Police report 1/6/10 (01/06/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilty...
Fire report 1/6/10 (01/06/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 1/6/10 (01/06/10)
The Rev. Edwin C. Brasington, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau, has been elected and installed as the first moderator of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy; the new presbytery was formed last fall when the former presbyteries of Southeast Missouri and Elijah Parish Lovejoy united after 122 years of separation...
H1N1 response shows need for better medical emergency plans (01/06/10)
For generations, the United States has neglected to nurture the technologies and systems needed to respond to emergencies related to disease. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the response to H1N1...
Dangerous roads need attention in Marble Hill (01/06/10)
I am a 16-year-old from Marble Hill, Mo. I am writing because of my concern for our road safety. The problem is that we have very bad roads. And as a result of our bad roads, at least one person is injured or, even worse, killed. And this is not because of careless or reckless driving. My friend Lauren Rhodes passed away Dec. 23, and before her my friend Cole Benfield on Nov. 19, 2008...
At last, some common sense on profiling (01/06/10)
Well, it took us long enough, but in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack in Detroit, we have finally begun profiling. The federal government announced this week that airline passengers from a handful of unfriendly countries would be subjected to "enhanced screening" when entering the United States...
Economic upticks (01/06/10)
Retailers are still tallying sales receipts from the Christmas shopping season and post-holiday sales. Some stores say their sales were up, while others say heavy discounting to attract customers eroded anticipated gains. Internet sales were up substantially. One key factor of how well retailers did in 2009 will be measured when December's sales-tax revenue is disbursed to local governments in a couple of months...
Sidewalks and traffic lights (01/06/10)
Cape Girardeau is putting in sidewalks that will be seldom used. How about putting in a sidewalk that is greatly needed at Capaha Park from the lower parking lot to the pond so we seniors and mothers with strollers can walk safely to the pond? It's hazardous for us to walk across the grass to the pond...
Speak Out 1/6/10 (01/06/10)
PEOPLE care about the deficit and debt only during bad times. As the economy starts to improve, they will care less and less. When the economy makes a full recovery, the federal deficit and debt will be pushed into the far recesses of the minds of voters...
Prayer 1/6/10 (01/06/10)
Keep warm those who suffer in the cold, O God, and comfort them. Amen.
MDC grants City of Jackson funds for urban tree management (01/06/10)
JACKSON, Mo. -- The city of Jackson recently received $2,043 from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to assist with the removal of tree debris in the Jackson City Park as part of the MDC's TRIM program. TRIM, or Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance, is a competitive cost-share tree care program administered by the MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council. ...
Big Red Cardinal (01/06/10)
A male Cardinal feeding on my porch railing before the snow storm that is predicted to hit on Wednesday night.
Sharing Food (01/06/10)
Birds feeding together on my porch before the snow has started on Wednesday night .
I got it! (01/06/10)
Duchess and Roxy. Duchess was adopted from the Humane Society and Roxy was the runt of the litter. "Unwanted" animals always make the best pets!! Favorite activities are swimming, playing fetch and hiking!
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (01/06/10)
Mojo is a Shepherd/Boxer mix. He is 3 1/2 months old. Mojo is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Happy 57th Wedding Anniversary (01/06/10)
Happy 57th Wedding Anniversary to Donna & Hubert Palmer on January 7, 2010 from Russell, Charlynda, Ashly, Bryan, Dakota, Canyon & Colter
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