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Stories from Monday, December 27, 2010

Motion filed to revoke probation for developer of Cape Girardeau cooperative (12/27/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A motion has been filed in Stoddard County circuit court asking a judge for jail time for a man who prosecutors say lied about being on probation when he signed an official document for more than $2 million in state economic development incentives...
Cape Girardeau college center expecting rise in enrollment (12/27/10)
With its first semester in the books, the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education has exceeded expectations, according to coordinators. And an enrollment boom is projected. The partnership -- an initiative between Mineral Area College, Three Rivers Community College and Southeast Missouri State University -- effectively established a community college in Cape Girardeau...
Gas prices on rise because of greater demand for crude oil (12/27/10)
Michael Jacobs gritted his teeth Christmas Eve morning and pumped $15 worth of gasoline into his truck at the Rhodes 101 on Sprigg Street. Jacobs, 20, from Thebes, Ill., said he wanted to fill up before prices went any higher than the $2.87 per gallon they were Friday. He said his daily commute from Thebes to Cape Girardeau is getting expensive...
Brothers' light display in Kelso draws thousands of people, thousands of dollars for St. Jude (12/27/10)
KELSO, Mo. -- As Brandon and Brooks Clark prepared to unveil their Christmas light display last year, their mother, Wanda, remembers them wondering if anybody would come to see the show, which was a yearlong project for the brothers. To their surprise, the lights, synchronized with popular Christmas carols, drew thousands of people in 2009. Wanda Clark said even more, maybe 10,000, traveled to her home near Kelso to experience the lights this holiday season...
The County Line: Jurors selected from wider pool than just voter lists (12/27/10)
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Clerk Charles Hutson said his office is responsible for many aspects of a circuit court case, including directing summonses and warrants to be issued by the county sheriff, maintaining court records, collecting fines and other fees and overseeing filings...
Technology has changed legal procedures, outgoing Cape Girardeau County circuit clerk says (12/27/10)
When Cape Girardeau County Circuit Clerk Charles Hutson took office in 1975, Missouri state law was a five-volume set. Today it is 20 volumes. Not only has the number of laws increased in more than 30 years, the circuit court's workload has as well. ...
Lake Wappapello needs Christmas trees for fish habitat (12/27/10)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at Lake Wappapello are seeking used Christmas trees from area residents to replenish the lake's nearly 40 fish shelters and to provide additional habitat for upland game animals. "We've been doing this since the 1980s," said natural resource specialist Andrew Jefferson. "We use the trees to serve as fish shelters submerged in the lake."...
Pedestrian signals in downtown Kennett removed (12/27/10)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Those who have been to downtown Kennett lately have likely noticed a big change in its appearance. In addition to all the awnings being taken down, some of the pedestrian crossing lights have been removed.
Ex: Woman who died at Busch home had heart rhythm issue (12/27/10)
HUNTLEIGH, Mo. -- An aspiring model who died at the home of former Anheuser-Busch chief executive August Busch IV had a rare heart condition, according to her ex-husband. Adrienne Martin, 27, was found dead at Busch's suburban St. Louis home on Dec. 19. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday that Dr. Kevin Martin, a doctor of osteopathy who practices in Cape Girardeau, said he diagnosed his then-wife with a heart rhythm disorder in 2002, just after they married...
Less shushing going on as libraries change their approaches (12/27/10)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Libraries are getting noisier as directors look for new ways to lure technology-savvy patrons to their facilities. The days of people sitting in silence reading books off the shelves are being replaced by concerts, magic shows and chat sessions at places like the Joplin and Pittsburg, Kan., public libraries. And the new strategies seem to be paying off...
Retailers roll out deals for day-after Christmas shoppers (12/27/10)
ATLANTA -- An East Coast snowstorm put a damper on after-Christmas shopping Sunday. But shoppers across the rest of the country scoured clearance racks and spent gift cards during the afterglow of the best holiday season for retailers since 2007...
Snowstorm batters East, frustrating holiday travel (12/27/10)
NEW YORK -- A winter storm made travel torturous in the Northeast on Sunday, dropping a thick layer of snow that stranded thousands of airline, train and bus passengers and made motorists think twice about hitting after-Christmas sales. More than a foot of snow was expected in some areas, including New York and Boston, where an aquarium had to protect -- of all things -- penguin ice sculptures from the elements...
Attack on Christians in Iraq has roots in Egypt (12/27/10)
CAIRO -- The wives of two Egyptian Coptic priests, forbidden by the church from divorcing their abusive husbands, desperately sought another way out by converting to Islam. When their intentions were discovered, police handed them over to the church and their whereabouts since have been unknown...
Thousands fear hunger after Pakistan bombing (12/27/10)
KHAR, Pakistan -- Some 300,000 desperately poor villagers impoverished by fighting in Pakistan's tribal belt are scrambling to feed themselves after a female suicide bomber killed 45 people outside a World Food Program food distribution center, triggering a district-wide suspension of the relief project...
Strike called to force Ivory Coast leader from office (12/27/10)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Allies of the man who the international community says won Ivory Coast's disputed presidential election called Sunday for a general strike that would last until the incumbent hanging on to power concedes defeat and leaves office...
Pope lunches with poor, denounces church attacks (12/27/10)
VATICAN CITY -- Lasagna, veal and cake were on the menu Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI invited about 250 poor people to join him for a post-Christmas lunch. Also joining the pope and his guests were 250 nuns, seminarians and priests of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order, which runs soup kitchens around Rome...
Blues' Halak blanks Predators (12/27/10)
The Blues won their third straight behind stellar goaltending
Rams' playoff fate: Win and in (12/27/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Sam Bradford stayed veteran calm while Mike Singletary and Troy Smith squabbled on the sideline. The No. 1 overall draft pick helped keep the St. Louis Rams' playoff drive motoring along, also breaking Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record for completions in a 25-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday...
Mishow's column: Winning streak pushes Redhawks back from brink (12/27/10)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team looked down and out just a few weeks ago after starting the year with 10 straight losses. To the Redhawks' credit, they have gotten off life support to revive their season. Southeast has won three consecutive games, including a pair of Ohio Valley Conference road contests last week, to even its league record at 2-2...
Many not-so-happy returns for retailers (12/27/10)
Santa isn't perfect. He can't always get everyone's size, shape and favorite color right. As a result, most of us have at least one thing to return after the Christmas and retailers expect that. Returns are an accepted part of the holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, fraudulent returns are on the rise...
Talking Shop with Maj. Ben Stillwell of the Salvation Army (12/27/10)
Maj. Ben Stillwell leads the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau all year long, but his organization is most visible during the Christmas season. Salvation Army bell ringers stand next to red kettles around the region raising money to help those in need...
People on the move 12/27/10 (12/27/10)
Clayton P. Hahs, a financial representative with The Hahs Group of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable, an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers. ...
Lovella Newell (12/27/10)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Lovella Newell, 76, of rural Cairo died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at the St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the First Missonary Baptist Church in Cairo. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service...
Jeanette Sams (12/27/10)
Jeanette L. Sams, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born July 27, 1922, in Cape Girardeau to Cledes B. and Jessie Lou Slinkard Limbaugh. Jeanette and the Rev. Earl Sams were married Nov. 20, 1941, at Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1995...
Delores Colter (12/27/10)
Delores June Owens Colter, 75, of Imperial, Mo., with family from Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Friday, April 5, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, to Herbert and Geneva Garrison Childs. June moved to the St. ...
Jackson police and fire reports 12/27/10 (12/27/10)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Miscellaneous Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/27/10 (12/27/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/27/10 (12/27/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: ...
Out of the past 12/27/10 (12/27/10)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission asks area residents to donate retired Christmas trees to be used as fish habitats in the lake at Cape County Park South; the trees will be wired together and placed in mesh to serve as spawning habitats for bluegill, catfish and bass...
Let the games begin (12/27/10)
After celebrating Christmas with family and friends, keep the holiday celebrations going this week by attending the 66th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. This year's tournament will kick off at 9 a.m. today with No. 1 seed Scott County Central, who won the last two championships, vs. Woodland, the tournament's No. 16 seed...
Speak Out 12/27/10 (12/27/10)
I keep reading about smokers' rights. Sorry, but there is no right to smoke. Nowhere in the Bill of Rights does it state you can smoke. There are no laws stating smoking is a right. No courts have ruled that you can smoke anywhere you want. However, you do have the right not to be harmed by others. That can be found in the Bill of Rights, there are laws addressing being harmed by others, and courts uphold those laws daily. So stop spouting off about smokers' rights. They don't exist...
Prayer 12/27/10 (12/27/10)
O Lord, may we diligently seek to do our best in all our endeavors. Amen.
Rubbermaid Donates Food to Salvation Army!!!! (12/27/10)
Rubbermaid donates a pick-up full of food to the Salvation Army from a recent food drive. Rubbermaid Employees held a food drive for two weeks and donated the food just in time for the Holidays.
Fern in a Forest (12/27/10)
Fern glowing in the sunlight at Tywappity Lake near Chaffee Mo.
Courtney Penzel, harpist (12/27/10)
Courtney Penzel performed a harp solo at First Baptist Church, December 26, in Cape Girardeau.
Screech Owl House (12/27/10)
We are amused each winter by this 12 inch high screech owl. It is amazing to watch his or her habits. They wait for the right time of late afternoon to make their flight out for the night. We take down the house each spring to clean it out. It is full of bird feathers and bits of rodent skeletons. Most has never heard of an owl house so I put this on for others like I, that make bird houses for our feathered friends...
No-Turkey Christmas Dinner (12/27/10)
We had hit the turkey saturation point at Thanksgiving, so Wife Lila dusted off her Grandma Hoffman's Chicken 'n' Dumpling recipe for Christmas dinner. I woke up from my nap in time to shoot a video of the final preparations (and to help eat the final product)...
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