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Stories from Thursday, November 11, 2010

New program training dislocated industrial workers (11/11/10)
Being unemployed doesn't just bring financial challenges. There are emotional stresses, too. "I go to an interview and I come home and have to tell my husband that I've failed it. My daughter said to me after my last interview, 'I'm just about to give up on you, Mom,' and that just ripped my heart out," said a 40-year-old Fruitland woman who has 14 years of manufacturing experience. ...
Flags of honor: The story behind the Avenue of Flags at Cape County Park North (11/11/10)
When Bruce Watkins signed on as park superintendent at Cape County Park North 22 years ago, he oversaw a display of about 125 flags every Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Today, that number has climbed to about 680 flags lining the park road on patriotic days, now including Sept. 11...
Accountant says no problems in audit of Jackson School District's books (11/11/10)
"Clean" best describes the Jackson School District's latest audit, according to an official with the accounting firm that reviewed the district's books. "There were no adjustments whatsoever," said Darrell Songer, certified public accountant and principal at St. Louis-based Larson Allen CPAs, Consultants and Advisors. "The word for this audit is 'clean.'"...
Southern Illinois forest fire under control after burning 400 acres (11/11/10)
HARRISBURG, Ill. -- A wildfire at Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois was under control Wednesday, but only after burning its way through more than 400 pristine acres in an area frequented by hikers, hunters and other wildlife lovers.
Firefighters douse brush fire near Chaffee, Mo. (11/11/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Firefighters contained a 15- to 20-acre brush fire Wednesday along a steep, wooded hillside known as Chaffee Bluff south of Chaffee. John Sachen, fire instructor with the Delta Fire District, said there were a few hot spots within the fire perimeter, but with no strong winds in the immediate forecast, they should not pose a threat of reigniting...
Cape Girardeau school bus drivers approve First Student contract (11/11/10)
Bus drivers serving Cape Girardeau schools approved a proposed contract Wednesday night. The new contract was approved by a majority of members of Teamsters Local 600, said president and business representative Larry Tinker...
Area police department employee arrested on suspicion of stealing from department (11/11/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A former Dexter Police Department employee is free after posting bond after being charged with four counts of stealing several thousand dollars from the department. Tammy Renee Fields, who has worked as chief secretary for Dexter police for the past 10 years, was arrested last week following an investigation by Dexter Police Department Lt. Trevor Pulley...
Municipal offices, banks close to observe Veterans Day (11/11/10)
In observance of Veterans Day, municipal offices in Cape Girardeau and Jackson will be closed today, along with county offices and most area banks. Post offices in Cape Girardeau and Jackson will also be closed.
Veterans Day program held at Cape Girardeau Senior Center (11/11/10)
Another area city passes pseudoephedrine prescription rule (11/11/10)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- The Piedmont City Council unanimously approved a bill prohibiting the sale of psuedoephedrine products without a prescription, in hopes of stifling the production of methamphetamine in the area. The trial program will be revisited after one year to determine its effectiveness, according to the ordinance, written by city attorney Robert Ramshur and modeled after Sikeston, Mo.'s ban...
Missouri tax credit panel almost finished (11/11/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It looks like the governor's commission on tax credits will meet its deadline of a pre-Thanksgiving final report. But that final report appears to give no final up or down nod to the efficacy of tax credit programs as a whole. ...
Tighter U.S. corn supplies may mean higher food prices (11/11/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Higher food prices are one of the implications of the forces at work in the commodities markets. Missouri's corn production forecast is now pegged at 127 bushels per acre, down by 7 bushels per acre since October, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service...
Irish bonds sink lower as Europe's debt fears grow (11/11/10)
DUBLIN -- Anxiety over heavy government debts in Europe has flared up again as investors questioned whether Ireland, Greece and Portugal can cut their budget deficits without choking off desperately needed economic growth. Markets were increasingly betting Wednesday that Ireland might be next in line for a massive financial bailout from its partners in the euro currency, after Greece's rescue from the brink of bankruptcy in May...
GM reports $2B third-quarter profit ahead of initial public offering (11/11/10)
DETROIT -- Strong profits on new cars and trucks helped General Motors Co. earn $2 billion in the third quarter, enhancing the company's appeal as it nears next week's initial public stock offering. The third-quarter earnings of $1.20 per share nearly match what GM made in the first two quarters of the year combined, aided by profits from overseas and healthy revenue from North America, the company said Wednesday. ...
Agencies propose graphic cigarette warning labels (11/11/10)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Corpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs are among the images the federal government plans for larger, graphic warning labels that would take up half of each pack of cigarettes sold in the United States. Whether smokers addicted to nicotine will see them as a reason to quit remains a question...
Survey: 1 in 10 children has ADHD (11/11/10)
ATLANTA -- A government survey says 1 in 10 U.S. children has ADHD, a sizable increase from a few years earlier that researchers think might be explained by growing awareness and better screening. ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, makes it hard for children to pay attention and control impulsive behavior. It's often treated with drugs, behavioral therapy or both...
Sex, drug use more common among hypertexting teens (11/11/10)
ATLANTA -- Teens who text 120 times a day or more -- and there seem to be a lot of them -- are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than those who don't send as many messages, according to provocative new research. The study's authors aren't suggesting that "hyper-texting" leads to sex, drinking or drugs, but say it's startling to see an apparent link between excessive messaging and that kind of risky behavior...
Cracks found in shuttle fuel tank, not just foam (11/11/10)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA discovered cracks in Discovery's fuel tank Wednesday, an added problem that will complicate trying to launch the space shuttle on its final voyage this year. The two cracks -- each 9 inches long -- were found on the exterior of the aluminum tank, beneath a larger crack in the insulating foam that covers the 15-story tank. The cracks are in an area that holds instruments, not fuel...
Fla. county locks down schools in response to threat (11/11/10)
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- Thousands of students in the nation's sixth-largest school district spent hours locked in their classrooms Wednesday after an unidentified woman called a South Florida radio station and said her husband might go to a campus and open fire with a gun...
Battle rages in Haitian slum, this time against a disease (11/11/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A wooden wheelbarrow is pushed to the high green gates of a slum hospital, carrying an unconscious woman, her lips white and cracked with dehydration. She is 22, and two days ago she was healthy. The concrete passageway leading to the hospital is filled with victims of the cholera epidemic that has entered Haiti's capital. ...
Iraqi PM to stay on for another 4-year term (11/11/10)
BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will return to power for another four-year term after Iraqi lawmakers working late into the night Wednesday agreed on a tentative deal to form a new government, lawmakers said. The deal breaks an eight-month impasse that paralyzed the government, encouraged insurgent attacks and rattled potential foreign investors. ...
Girls holiday tournament in jeopardy of ending (11/11/10)
Some of the area's top high school girls basketball teams have gathered for a tournament at the Show Me Center just before Christmas every year since 1996. There will be a 15th year of the eight-team event, set for Dec. 20 through 22, but tournament director Mark Ruark said that will be the end of things if a new corporate sponsor is not found...
Southeast's Brock capitalizes on chance to start for Redhawks football team (11/11/10)
An offseason injury to one of Southeast Missouri State's top defensive players created an opening for Tylor Brock. Brock has taken full advantage to join the stars of a vastly improved Southeast defense that leads the Ohio Valley Conference in most major statistical categories...
Nutt's men's basketball recruits confirm they're coming (11/11/10)
Southeast Missouri State did not announce any men's basketball signings Wednesday as the NCAA's weeklong early signing period got under way. But it appears as if coach Dickey Nutt still will land the two touted high school seniors from Memphis, Tenn., who recently gave Southeast verbal commitments...
Notre Dame's Bradshaw officially signs with Southeast (11/11/10)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee is excited about Wednesday's early signee for two reasons. One, Allyson Bradshaw is a local product attending Notre Dame Regional High School. Two, Ishee believes Bradshaw has what it takes to be a solid Division I player, which overrides the first reason...
York cards hole-in-one (11/11/10)
Cape Girardeau's Mike York used an 8-iron to score an ace on hole No. 12 at Kimbeland Country Club. The hole was playing 169 yards. James Banken witnessed the shot. — From staff reports
Undrafted receiver becomes go-to guy (11/11/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Diminutive Danny Amendola has made the most of his chance with the St. Louis Rams after getting plucked off the Eagles practice squad last year. The 5 foot 11, 186-pounder has become rookie Sam Bradford's go-to wide receiver, rising above the rest of a no-name, injury-plagued crew. Clutch, too, for a surprise team that's tied for the NFC West lead...
Pujols, Molina add to golden stash with standout defense (11/11/10)
NEW YORK -- The new version of the Big Red Machine plays some pretty slick defense, too. Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen won his eighth Gold Glove on Wednesday, one of three Reds players to be honored following the team's first playoff appearance in 15 years. Second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Bronson Arroyo also were among the National League recipients announced by Rawlings...
Blue Jackets pelt Halak, Blues in 8-1 rout (11/11/10)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It was a rout 10 years in the making. Jake Voracek scored on two breakaways, six teammates also had multipoint games and the Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to the easiest win in the franchise's decade of existence, pounding St. Louis 8-1 on Wednesday night to end the Blues' winning streak at seven games...
Chaffee senior cheerleader hopes to go out on top (11/11/10)
While she's charged with boosting team spirit, Randi Wiley admits to some mixed emotions these days. As the Chaffee High School senior moves through her final year on the cheerleading squad, she's excited about the team's chances at state, but she's wistful about doing it all for the last time. ...
neXt up 11/11/10 (11/11/10)
What's happening this weekend
Hooked on Science: Lemon battery (11/11/10)
Using a few ingredients from around the house, you can turn a lemon into a battery. Materials STEP 2: Place the nickel into one of the slits and the penny into the other. STEP 3: Cut the wire into two 6-inch pieces. Make sure the ends of each piece are exposed...
Barking Buster (11/11/10)
Nov. 11, 2010 Dear Patty, Occasionally the newspaper succinctly reports the name of a local resident issued a summons for a barking dog. That could be me. I imagine going before a judge and pleading, "Your honor, I've tried everything to quiet the dog."...
Silver Arrow dance a golden experience (11/11/10)
Recently Jackson held the Silver Arrow dance, a long-standing tradition in the school and my first formal. Sure, at the junior high we had semiformals, but that was a semiformal not a formal. It's hard to think that a little prefix can make such a big difference...
Dorothy Stroder (11/11/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Dorothy Stroder, 86, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Selina Dickerson (11/11/10)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Selina Dickerson, 87, of Mounds died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at her home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at Church of God in Son at Mounds. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the church, with Marilyn Terry officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park...
Pastor Eldon McKenzie (11/11/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Pastor Eldon Dale McKenzie, 76, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 28, 1934, in Chaffee, son of William Buford and Lilly Lucille Gettings McKenzie. He and Maxie Lee Neely were married Oct. 30, 1955...
Russell Robertson (11/11/10)
Russell Robertson, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Lyle Bishop (11/11/10)
Lyle E. "Bob" Bishop, 78, of Jackson died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 7, 1932, at Neely's Landing, to Archie L. and Margaret Bullard Bishop. He and Shirley Ludwig were married Dec. 10, 1955, at Bolivar, Mo...
Donald Cook Sr. (11/11/10)
Donald Lee Cook Sr., 75, of Allenville passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 11, 1935, at Randles, son of Frank and Stella Mae Huffman Cook. He and Sharon Warner were married in July 1975 in Cape Girardeau. Donald had worked at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau and for Leo Beauchamt Cleaning, and had been captain of a crew of security guards in St. Louis. He attended Allenville Baptist Church and was a member of Masonic Lodge in Whitewater...
Leo Baker (11/11/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leo Levon Baker, 75, of Perryville died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. He was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Hoxie, Ark., son of Leo Lincoln and Mabel Perryman Baker. He and Kathryn Fassold were married Jan. 25, 1969...
John Searles (11/11/10)
DARMSTADT, Ill. -- John W. Searles, 83, of Darmstadt died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at his home. He was born June 13, 1927, in Liberal, Mo., to Harvey and Bessie Adams Searles. He and Dolores Clubb Hinton were married May 10, 1972, in Bonne Terre, Mo...
Nina Ross (11/11/10)
Nina M. Ross, 82, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 13, 1928, at Indian Creek, to Clarence and Opal Ackman Tripp. She and Charles W. Ross were married Oct. 3, 1946. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before Charles passed away Nov. 14, 2008...
Harold Gerecke (11/11/10)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Harold W. Gerecke, 72, of Altenburg died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 7, 1938, at Oak Ridge, son of Walter A. and Edna Woods Gerecke. He and Doris C. Dreyer were married July 5, 1959. She preceded him in death Aug. 30, 2009...
Anna Peterson (11/11/10)
Anna Mae Meade Peterson, 84, of St. Louis died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was the beloved wife of the late Allen Peterson; dear mother and mother-in-law of Bonnie Kaye (Jack) Knowlan, J.B. (Diana) Peterson and Ronald Allen (Milagros) Peterson; dear grandmother of Luke (Mary) Peterson, April (Phil) Muehring, Adam (Kelly), Eric (Jennifer) and Kirk (Alissa) Peterson, Erica (Matt) Russell, Garrett (Megan), Spencer (Lara) and Stuart (Courtney) Knowlan, and Andrea Pineda; dear great-grandmother of Braxton, Colton, Cassie, Jessica, Jacob, Anna, Sarah, Sumner, Jonah, Caleb, Amber, Kate, Audrey, Claire and Beckett; dear sister-in-law of Margie Lynch, Mary (Don) Hoffman, Betty (Dale) Hockett and Ima Jean (Ellis) Risenhoover; dear friend of Maxine Einspainer; our dear aunt, great-aunt and friend.. ...
Cape Girardeau fire report 11/11/10 (11/11/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/11/10 (11/11/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Assault Theft...
Jackson fire report 11/11/10 (11/11/10)
*** Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: * Emergency medical assistance on Clark Street. * Emergency medical assistance on Old Cape Road. * Motor vehicle accident on West Independence Street.
Out of the past 11/11/10 (11/11/10)
Veterans Day is observed in Cape Girardeau with a parade down Broadway from Capaha Park to Fountain Street, and then to city hall, where a flag-raising ceremony is held; guest speaker at the ceremony is Calvin Vogelsang, a past post and state commander of the VFW and currently a member of the National Security Committee for the VFW and the advisory board of the Missouri Division of Veterans Affairs...
Who we celebrate on Veterans Day (11/11/10)
Today our country honors its veterans -- as it does every year -- with parades, ceremonies, speeches and patriotic music. Schools welcome us into their classrooms and ask us to tell our stories, and everywhere we go young and old alike will clasp our hands and say, "Thank you for serving." We are blessed to live in a grateful nation...
A salute to veterans past, present and future (11/11/10)
Veterans Day is a rare opportunity to look at the men and women in our communities and think about what they have done for their fellow Americans. Some of our veterans flew helicopters in Vietnam. Some spent the Korean War aboard ships of war. ...
In Flanders Fields (11/11/10)
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago...
Veterans Day and national security (11/11/10)
As a retired general, I am troubled this Veterans Day by Defense Department estimates that military service is now out of reach for 75 percent of young Americans. Weight problems are the leading medical reason why young adults cannot join, with one in four too overweight to enlist. In Missouri alone, more than 220,000 18- to 24-year-olds were overweight or obese in 2008...
Prayer 11/11/10 (11/11/10)
O Lord, thank you for all our veterans, and protect those currently serving. Amen.
Maple UMC to hold annual holiday bazaar Saturday (11/11/10)
Maple United Methodist Church, corner of Cape Rock and Jean Ann Drive, will hold it's annual Holiday Bazaar Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Pictures with Santa may be purchased starting at 10 a.m. and will be put on a CD. ...
Stewart to Play in National Tournament (11/11/10)
Charis Stewart, a freshman from Cape Girardeau Central High School, is going to the NJCAA Division II volleyball national tournament. Stewart is a 6-1 middle hitter for the East Central College volleyball Lady Falcons, who have been seeded fourth for the national event, being held Nov. 18-20 in Wisconsin Dells...
Missing Chihuahua (11/11/10)
Madison missing since Thursday Nov 5th, 2010
Avenue of Flags (11/11/10)
North County Park - Veterans' Day, 2010
The Star Spangled Banner Still Waves (11/11/10)
Flags at North County Park, Veterans' Day, 2010
Pretty in Red (11/11/10)
Dressed in vivid red leaves, this tree at 60 Doctors' Park in Cape Girardeau celebrates the beauty of fall.
Hayden's first deer (11/11/10)
Eight-year-old Hayden Bollinger bagged his first deer, an eight-point buck, on his grandfather's, Dan Bollinger, property.
Clayton with chiildren in Iraq (11/11/10)
Specialist Clayton Liebherr, grandson of Mary Ann Kagle, interacting with children in Iraq. Liebherr serves with the Stryker Division. He is the son of Karla.
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