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Stories from Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Symphony performance draws 536 to River Campus (12/08/10)
The 100 or more concert goers who entered the Bedell Performance Hall early for Tuesday evening's performance by the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra were treated not only to the musical program but to a brief lecture about the composers and the works they would hear...
As price of gold rises, more people are selling old jewelry at parties, pawn shops (12/08/10)
Move over Tupperware, there's a new party in town. In-home gold buying parties are rising in popularity as the price of gold on Wall Street soars to record heights. With gold at $1,424.10 an ounce Monday, Pamela Barns of Jackson gathered up the broken chains and empty ring settings out of her jewelry box and brought them to a gold party at her neighbor Robyn Hosp's house. She went home with a check for more than $500...
Cape Girardeau city government exploring more options for Commander building (12/08/10)
Restructuring $2 million in city-issued bonds could "be the trigger" for a Plan B for the Commander Premier situation at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, city officials said Tuesday. Plan A is still a possibility, however, with a Canadian private investor continuing to say -- as he has for more than a year -- that he is about to close a deal
Cape Girardeau judge to oversee Mississippi County vote recount (12/08/10)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau judge will preside over the recount of ballots in the Mississippi County presiding commissioner election. According to Mississippi County Clerk Junior DeLay, the Missouri Supreme Court appointed Judge Gary Kamp of the 32nd Judicial Circuit to hear the recount petition. The 32nd Judicial Circuit includes Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties...
Isle of Capri to share plan for 23-acre development at meeting (12/08/10)
Isle of Capri will present a preliminary development plan to the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. Wednesday at city hall. Isle is also asking its 23-acre development site at 800 N. Spanish St. to be rezoned from residential and light manufacturing to a planned development district...
Doctors: Drugs besides pseudoephedrine also work for sinus, allergies (12/08/10)
Although Cape Girardeau physicians may see an uptick in visits from residents seeking relief from a seasonal cold or allergy via a pseudoephedrine prescription, a few area doctors say they're understanding of the city's decision to limit access to the methamphetamine precursor...
Southeast Missouri State University regents to finalize bond financing (12/08/10)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Wednesday is expected to finalize financing for a $59.2 million borrowing plan to pay for a campus-wide renovation and maintenance campaign. But interest rates have risen on bonds over the past couple of months due to the popularity of a government building loan incentive, driving up the total cost of Southeast's borrowing plan...
Perryville woman charged with distributing drugs near school (12/08/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A 24-year-old Perryville woman was served a warrant Monday on suspicion of distributing drugs near a school. Jennifer Anne Hahn was served the warrant for felony distribution of a controlled substance near a school, the result of a Perry County Sheriff's Department undercover operation over the summer. Hahn was served the warrant while in the Perry County jail pending extradition to St. Louis for felony possession of a controlled substance...
Trailer stolen from Sikeston found in Florida (12/08/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A trailer stolen from a Sikeston business last month has been located in southern Florida. On Monday, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety was alerted that a stolen PTI Trucking trailer was found in Miami. The 53-foot trailer, which contained a shipment of LG Blu-Ray players worth several thousand dollars, was "abandoned and empty," according to DPS officials...
Missouri State Highway Patrol troop to crack down on drunk drivers this month (12/08/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced it will conduct DWI saturation operations in some of the 13 counties it oversees during December. "DWI saturations and checkpoints are a part of the Patrol's effort to remove intoxicated drivers from Missouri's highways," said Captain George E. Ridens, commanding officer of Troop E. "The impaired driver continues to be a major contributor to serious and fatal traffic crashes in Southeast Missouri."...
Part of Jackson's Main Street to be reduced to one lane Friday (12/08/10)
Main Street in Jackson will be reduced to one lane Friday from Barton Street to Court Street for crosswalk repairs. In a news release issued earlier this week, the Jackson Public Works Department said both lanes should be open by the end of the day...
Route T reduced for bridge repairs (12/08/10)
Route T in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane from Route J to County Road 295 while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. Weather permitting, work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily today through Dec. 16. The work zone will be marked with signs...
American Legion Post 158 observes Pearl Harbor Day (12/08/10)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Lawson Burgfeld, commander of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson, places a wreath at the World War I soldier memorial in front of the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson Tuesday, Nov. ...
Proposal would fund nursing education (12/08/10)
Nursing schools in Southeast Missouri are positioning for the next major wave of students, and a state program is helping to set the stage. On Tuesday Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state's public universities could receive an additional $3 million over the next three years to educate more nurses under a new proposal...
Gov. Nixon to announce incentives for Cape Girardeau medical project (12/08/10)
A new health care cooperative planned in downtown Cape Girardeau is expected to create 135 new jobs and renovate several historic buildings. Gov. Jay Nixon will be in Cape Girardeau to join local economic development officials in making the announcement about state incentives Hometown Innovation Team, LLC, will be receiving to assist with the project...
Cape Girardeau County mom and son allegedly stole truck at knifepoint (12/08/10)
A Cape Girardeau County mother and son were charged with first-degree robbery Friday after the pair allegedly stole another man's Chevrolet truck and fled north to Perry County. Rhonda Jones, 41, and Richard Bowker, 20, allegedly stole the truck from a Cape Girardeau County man who was offering the two a temporary place to live, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case...
Fountain Street ribbon cutting today (12/08/10)
Missouri's first DREAM Initiative project will be completed this week in Cape Girardeau. City dignitaries will celebrate with a brief ribbon cutting event at 11:30 a.m. today on-site at the new Fountain and Morgan Oak streets roundabout. "This is very exciting for downtown and all of Cape Girardeau," city manager Scott Meyer said. ...
Analysts: Tax deal should help economy (12/08/10)
WASHINGTON -- The tax deal struck by President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans essentially gives Americans a pay raise -- pumping money into the economy almost immediately and probably creating hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next two years, economists say...
Casino plan could amp up competition (12/08/10)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers are considering a massive casino expansion that experts say could leave neighboring states playing for smaller stakes and possibly even squeeze out some of the competition from within. Illinois is desperate for revenue to deal with a budget deficit that could reach up to $15 billion next year...
Elizabeth Edwards dies of cancer at 61 (12/08/10)
WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Edwards, who closely advised her husband in two bids for the presidency and advocated for health care even as her marriage publicly crumbled, died Tuesday after a six-year struggle with cancer. She was 61. She died at her North Carolina home surrounded by her three children, siblings, friends and her estranged husband, John, the family said...
Survivors of Pearl Harbor gather 69 years after attack (12/08/10)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Aging Pearl Harbor survivors on Tuesday heard reassurances their sacrifice would be remembered and passed on to future generations as they gathered to mark the 69th anniversary of the attack. "Long after the last veteran of the war in the Pacific is gone, we will still be here telling their story and honoring their dedication and sacrifice," National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis told about 120 survivors who traveled to Hawaii from around the country for the event.. ...
Ban at climate talks: 'We need results now' (12/08/10)
CANCUN, Mexico -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, trying to revive long-stalled climate talks, told world environment ministers Tuesday he is "deeply concerned" that many years of negotiation have proven largely fruitless. "The pace of human-induced climate change is accelerating. We need results now, results that curb global greenhouse emissions," Ban said at the opening of high-level talks at the annual U.N. climate conference...
Irish lawmakers give initial OK for budget (12/08/10)
DUBLIN -- Lawmakers narrowly approved tax increases Tuesday as part of Ireland's most brutal budget in history, an $8 billion slash-and-tax plan imposed as a key condition of the nation's international bailout. Rejection following Tuesday's publication of the long-awaited 2011 budget would have forced Prime Minister Brian Cowen's resignation and snap elections -- and raised doubts about whether Ireland could tap $90 billion from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund...
WikiLeaks founder jailed in Britain in sex case (12/08/10)
LONDON -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested and jailed without bail Tuesday in a sex-crimes investigation, but his organization scarcely missed a beat, releasing a new batch of the secret cables that U.S. officials say are damaging America's security and relations worldwide...
Expert: Haiti cholera likely from U.N. troops (12/08/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A contingent of U.N. peacekeepers is the likely source of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed at least 2,000 people, a French scientist said in a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux concluded that the cholera originated in a tributary of Haiti's Artibonite river, next to a U.N. ...
Rare Audubon book sells for more than $10 million (12/08/10)
LONDON -- To some it's just a bunch of bird pictures. To others, John James Audubon's "Birds of America" is a rare blend of art, natural history and craftsmanship, unique enough to sell for more than $10 million at a London auction Tuesday -- making it the world's most expensive book...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Andrew Williams (12/08/10)
Williams and the Tigers took home the championship trophy from the season-opening Potosi Tournament on Saturday.
High school roundup: ND boys win opener at SEMO tourney (12/08/10)
All the area high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast women stage late comeback against Western Michigan (12/08/10)
Southeast used a late 20-2 run to defeat Western Michigan 60-56
Search for first win takes 0-9 Redhawks to SIU (12/08/10)
The Southeast men have mounting injury problems as they visit their regional rival
McDonald to be sidelined indefinitely with concussion (12/08/10)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald has a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely. The team disclosed the injury Tuesday. The 33-year-old McDonald was hurt during the Blues' 2-1 overtime loss Saturday in Edmonton after he inadvertently hit a rut in the ice and crashed into the leg of Oilers player Shawn Horcoff in overtime...
Celebrate holidays with a fusion of festive breads (12/08/10)
Whether they call it babka, stollen, panettone, king cake, cozonac, kringle, lussebulle or challah, people around the world use rich, festive breads to celebrate holidays. Many of the breads are dense with fruit, nuts and spices. They can be glazed, sugared, topped with streusel or nuts, or decorated with candied fruits. They may be braided or woven, logs or loaves. But whatever their shape or seasoning, they taste of celebration and joy...
Turn your yard into a B&B for bluebirds (12/08/10)
I live on the edge of town where there are open spaces adjacent to woodlands. As I was driving up our lane last week I was surprised to see an Eastern bluebird fly from his perch on the branch of a Bradford pear tree. I normally see them in spring, summer and early fall. This one evidently was either late or early in migrating...
Good, old reliable recipes for the holidays (12/08/10)
It seems that everywhere I go people are planning for a Christmas gathering of some type, which we all know will involve food. I have pulled several of my favorite recipes out of the drawer to have on hand during the school vacation when the children will be home and for the different gatherings we will be attending. If you have some of those good old favorite recipes you can pass along to us, it would be greatly appreciated...
Wilfredo Colon (12/08/10)
Wilfredo Colon, affectionately known as "Duck," 55, of Coldwater, Miss., died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was formerly of Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 25, 1955, in Essex, Mo., to the late Wilfred and Louise Ayers Colon Sr. He and Francine Sandridge were married Oct. 21, 2000...
Terry Mattingly (12/08/10)
ORAN, Mo. -- Terry J. Mattingly, 63, of Ironton, Mo., formerly of Oran, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at Parkland Health Center in Farmington, Mo. He was born Dec. 25, 1946, in Oran, son of Irvan Charles and Ethel Marie Richardson Mattingly. Terry retired from Alco Discount Store in Ironton as a retail manager, after working a total of 40 years in retail management. He was a member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran, Ironton Chamber of Commerce and VFW Post 5896...
Dale Cassout (12/08/10)
Francis Dale Cassout, 73, of Scott City died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 9, 1936, at Gray's Point, Mo., to Francis William and Elizabeth Ann Lindemann Cassout. Cassout was a mechanic at Twin City Autos and also worked in construction...
Elizabeth Johnson (12/08/10)
Elizabeth Elsie Johnson, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at her home. She was born April 17, 1918, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Adolph and Hilde Wagner Thies. Elizabeth and Harmon H. Johnson were married Aug. 17, 1949, in Poplar Bluff. They began their married life together in Malden, Mo., before moving to Dexter, Mo., in 1952. Harmon preceded her in death Dec. 13, 1999...
Grace Sharrock (12/08/10)
Grace Bessie Sharrock, 90, of Jackson passed away Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at Jackson Manor. She was born July 31, 1920, in Patton, Mo., daughter of Pola Benson and Mary Cook Welker. She and Ralph Sharrock were married May 21, 1937. Grace was a former Sunday school teacher, a former child care provider and a member of Patton Methodist Church...
Lillian Weber (12/08/10)
Lillian Ruth Weber, 83, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Monticello House. She was born Nov. 3, 1927, in Love Joy Hollow near Pocahontas, daughter of John C. and Esther Eunice Cox Davis. She and Everet H. Weber were married June 25, 1949, at Zion Lutheran parsonage in Pocahontas. He passed away Nov. 27, 2010...
Peyton Shrum (12/08/10)
Peyton E. Shrum, 89, of Campbell, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at General Baptist Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Shrum, Mo., to Joe and Nora Long Shrum. He and Mildred Hicks were married in 1953 in St. Louis. Peyton served during World War II in Europe, participating in the air offensive in Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes and other central European campaigns, receiving six Bronze Stars...
Irene Dugger (12/08/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Irene B. Dugger, 95, of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Celebrations of Irene's life will be held with friends and family in three cherished communities where Irene found loving homes: 2 p.m. ...
Births 12/8/10 (12/08/10)
Daughter to Scott Andrew and Shelly Renee Engert of Frohna, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:51 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. Name, Adalyn Renee. Weight, 4 pounds, 3 ounces. Mrs. Engert is the former Shelly Berkbuegler, daughter of Ronald and Marilyn Berkbuegler of Perryville, Mo. She is an insurance producer with C.M. Brown and Associates. Engert is the son of Bruce and Linda Engert of Frohna. He is a meter reader with Citizens Electric...
Jackson fire 12/8/2010 (12/08/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Fire report 12/8/10 (12/08/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Police report 12/8/10 (12/08/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety released the following items. Theft...
Out of the past 12/8/10 (12/08/10)
In the past two weeks Cape Girardeau has been plagued with a rash of armed robberies; the latest occurs this morning at Shoney's Restaurant, during which a shot is fired; it is the sixth robbery since Nov. 24 and the fifth since Dec. 1. The grand opening of Hecht's in Westport Plaza in St. Louis County was held Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony; the store is similar to the Hecht's women's fashion outlet in Cape Girardeau...
The great debate (12/08/10)
Tax Rates will remain unchanged for all Americans. When no one gets their way, does anyone win? That's the position Congress finds itself in this week as a compromise is announced that will extend the current tax rate while also extending unemployment benefits...
Incredible season (12/08/10)
After a remarkable turnaround season for the Southeast Missouri State University football team, the Redhawks fell to Eastern Washington in the second round of the FCS playoffs Saturday. While the loss at Eastern Washington was a disappointing end to the season, there's no denying the success of this year's squad. This year's playoff berth and Ohio Valley Conference Championship were both a first in the program's history...
Merry Christmas (12/08/10)
There is a trend to wish each other "happy holidays" rather than the traditional "merry Christmas." Congress proclaimed Christmas a federal holiday in 1870. In 1999, a federal court acknowledged the secular aspects of Christmas in rejecting a claim that the holiday impermissibly endorsed and furthered a particular religious belief...
Great gesture (12/08/10)
I am overwhelmed with gratefulness for the photographers who did the photography shoots for those in need. I lost my job in June and I decided to take some pictures myself this year instead of going somewhere for pictures of my daughter. I think that this is such a great gesture. Thanks so much...
Meth's addiction (12/08/10)
I have lived in the Cape Girardeau area since 1981. At the age of 13 I began using drugs and alcohol, and my life changed dramatically for the worse. By the age of 15, I had been involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. I did whatever I felt I needed to do to have drugs in my pocket. Until just a few months ago, no one would tell me I was addicted to methamphetamine. I was in complete denial...
Speak Out 12/8/10 (12/08/10)
GLENN Beck wants all federal workers' salaries limited to the level of the average American. This would be extremely dangerous. For example, our federal air traffic controllers are a highly skilled group selected from a larger pool of applicants. We live in a country where high skill is generally rewarded with a matching salary...
Prayer 12/8/10 (12/08/10)
O Lord Jesus, we sing praises to you, the lamb of God. Amen.
All Conference Sports Banquet honors Cape Central (12/08/10)
Nine Cape Central players and their coach were honored in Poplar Bluff at the All Conference Banquet recently. Pictured above, left to right, are 1st Team All-Conference Selectees Zach Boerboom -- Tight End; Keilon Moore -- Running Back; Zach Horrell -- Guard; Austin Davis -- Defensive Back; Andrew Hileman -- Kicker; Kevin Flesher -- Linebacker/Guard; Devin Rowett -- Defensive Back; David Huffman -- Defensive Line; and Chris Bird -- Tackle. ...
Confidence Blooms in 'Christmas Carol' (12/08/10)
Someone once told Brian Loughary he would make a good actor, but he didn't believe it. Now, as he is preparing to take the stage for "A Christmas Carol" in less than a week, he is proving to himself and others that he does possess the talent to act. In his first role, Brian will be portraying Ebenezer Scrooge...
Cape Air - An Uplifting Experience (12/08/10)
Cape Girardeau is really breathtaking just before dawn, especially from an altitude of 4,000 feet. I recently had the pleasure of flying Cape Air from Cape Girardeau to St. Louis, one Saturday at 6:50 am. I then had connecting flights to Dallas and Reno. No gambling, no romantic get-a-way, just a conference for work...
CAPE SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS ATTEND CONFERENCE (12/08/10)
Cape Girardeau School District President Paul Nenninger, Vice-president Luther Bonds and board members Don Call, Kyle McDonald, Philip Moore, and Tony Smee, along with Superintendent Dr. James Welker, attended the Missouri School Boards Association Annual Conference in October at Lake of the Ozarks. ...
Pitters Presents"Santa Claus Conquers The Martian" (12/08/10)
Movies At Pitter's Presents "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" Runs at Pitter's every year on December 21 with Drink Speciasl and bounus Christmas music after the movie. Free Movie! Spend the Winter Solstice with this 1964 classic Christmas Film. It will run ALL DAY on the Big Screen in back. Come see this Cult Classic!...
Mindy and Eddie (12/08/10)
Have you ever bought your puppy a puppy to play with? We did, and now they are best friends and inseparable. Looking forward to 12 more years of fun with these two!
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