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Stories from Monday, January 3, 2011

Jackson grad campaigning for stronger Safe Schools Act (01/03/11)
Morgan Keenan seemed the stereotypical all-American boy. But Keenan was living a double life. It would crash with an uncomfortable question. His mother asked if he was gay. He decided to tell the truth. "I never thought I would come out to her," Keenan said...
Budget woes force state parks to delay maintenance (01/03/11)
KAISER, Mo. -- At state parks across the nation, this is the toll of the deepening budget crisis and years of financial neglect: crumbling roads, faltering roofs, deteriorating restrooms. Electrical and sewer systems are beginning to give out, too, as are scores of park buildings, some of them built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. In a few places, aging bridges have been detoured and tunnels blocked off because of falling debris...
Chaffee native receives Bronze Star (01/03/11)
Maj. Doug Welter, by his own admission, is low-key. The Chaffee, Mo., native says he's not one for the spotlight. During his latest tour in Iraq, Welter was ultimately responsible for securing a busy air operations base. Despite periodic rocket attacks and the constant threat of ground assaults and suicide bombers, the mission was accomplished...
101st Airborne soldier from Ste. Genevieve, Mo., dies in Afghanistan (01/03/11)
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- A soldier assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell has died after an explosion in Afghanistan. The Army said 25-year-old Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., died Friday in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device...
Missouri part of pilot program to combat childhood hunger (01/03/11)
For many Missouri children who live with hunger, the one meal they can count on every weekday is the free lunch they receive in the school cafeteria. But when summer arrives, that guarantee goes away. While service organizations in communities like Cape Girardeau help to fill the gap in the summer, scores of children in Southeast Missouri don't make it to the lunch table...
Cape Girardeau County's first baby of 2011 (01/03/11)
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
7:30 p.m. today City hall Pertinent Address: 1 Barton Square, Jackson, MO...
Economy interferes with Jay Nixon's campaign pledges (01/03/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Jay Nixon made lots of promises while running for Missouri governor. Many remain unfulfilled at the midpoint of his term -- supplanted by economic realities that have led Nixon to define success as abiding by the spirit of his campaign theme...
KC's WWI museum seeks to boost national profile (01/03/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National World War I Museum in Kansas City is looking to enhance its profile so it can raise more money as the centennial of the fighting approaches. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., and others with prestige have been recruited for the board of trustees, while actor Kevin Costner is among those who have agreed to be part of a separate, honorary board...
GOP sets congressional agenda with eye on 2012 (01/03/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Republican agenda for the new Congress that convenes Wednesday may have a greater effect on the 2012 elections than on the lives of Americans in the next two years. Republicans promise to cut spending, roll back President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and prevent unelected bureaucrats from expanding the government's role in society through regulations that tell people what they must or can't do...
More than 1,000 dead birds fall from the sky in Arkansas (01/03/11)
BEEBE, Ark. -- Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. Friday. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area...
NASA: No word from stuck Mars rover (01/03/11)
LOS ANGELES -- The odometer on the Mars rover Spirit has been stuck at 4.8 miles for more than 1 1/2 years and has been incommunicado since March. This double dose of bad luck hangs over the scrappy spacecraft, which marks its seventh year on Mars today...
Scientists try using scents in the fight against sea lamprey (01/03/11)
HURON BEACH, Mich. -- In the never-ending battle to prevent blood-sucking sea lamprey from wiping out some of the most popular fish species in the Great Lakes, biologists are developing new weapons that exploit three certainties in the eel-like parasites' lives: birth, sex and death...
South Korean president vows to boost his nation's defense (01/03/11)
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's president compared a deadly North Korean artillery barrage to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, saying today that the South must strengthen defenses and cannot let the North "covet even an inch of our territory."...
Tough anti-smoking law takes effect in Spain (01/03/11)
MADRID -- Tapas bars -- the noisy and bustling Spanish success story that combined delicious morsels with good wine and often a cloud of cigarette smoke -- are now smoke-free. So are restaurants, discos, casinos, airports and even some outdoor spaces...
Insurgents kill Iraqi security officers (01/03/11)
BAGHDAD -- Insurgents killed four members of Iraq's security forces and a city engineer in separate incidents across the Iraqi capital Sunday evening, officials said. Iraqi police and hospital officials said gunmen killed an off-duty traffic policeman in a drive-by shooting in eastern Baghdad around 8 p.m., and shot dead an Iraqi army colonel in his car downtown...
Magnitude-7.1 quake shakes hundreds in southern Chile (01/03/11)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook southern Chile on Sunday, frightening hundreds of people who fled for higher ground fearing it could generate a tsunami like the one that ravaged the coastline last year. There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage, and Vicente Nunez, head of the National Emergency Office, said no tsunami alert was issued...
Australians fighting a flood the size of France and Germany (01/03/11)
BRISBANE, Australia -- Military planes were flying food and other supplies toward a major city being slowly swamped in Australia's flood emergency today, and police were increasing patrols in evacuated regions amid reports of looting. Floodwaters that cover an area the size of France and Germany combined are draining slowly toward Australia's northeast coast, filling bulging rivers to overflowing and inundating at least 22 towns and cities in the cattle and fruit and vegetable farming region.. ...
Jackson places sixth in tournament (01/03/11)
The Jackson wrestling team finished sixth in the 24-team Granite City (Ill.) tournament last week. Levi Rayburn and Michael Riney led the Indians with second-place finishes as Jackson collected 411 points. Neosho, the defending Missouri Class 3 state champions, won the team title with 616 points, and Minooka (Ill.), the defending Class 3 champions in Illinois, placed second with 585...
Southeast men return to OVC action vs. UTM (01/03/11)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team revived its hopes of a solid Ohio Valley Conference finish with two recent road wins. Southeast will look to start making some OVC noise at the Show Me Center when the Redhawks begin a four-game conference homestand at 8 p.m. today against Tennessee-Martin...
Ranked ND women overpower Redhawks (01/03/11)
Notre Dame scored the game's first 36 points on its way to a 97-21 victory
Rams fall short of playoffs (01/03/11)
Seattle is the first division champion to enter the NFL playoffs with a losing record
Stars rally to beat Blues 4-2 with three third-period goals (01/03/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Slumping Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen took advantage of a timely visit to St. Louis. Lehtonen stopped 28 shots and Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal at 6:32 of the third period to lead the Stars to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday...
SCC lives up to top billing in Christmas tourney (01/03/11)
Last week's Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament went pretty much like I -- and most people -- expected, at least at the top. Entering the 66th annual event at the Show Me Center, I didn't talk to anybody who thought Scott County Central would not three-peat -- and probably by some lopsided margins...
Mountaineer music: An interview with Dan William Peek, author of "Live! At the Ozark Opry" (01/03/11)
Dan William Peek, a Columbia, Mo., resident, wrote about the long-running Ozark Opry where many local musicians performed.
Battling ALS: Doctors discuss treatment options for rare disease (01/03/11)
Neurologist Dr. Robert Gardner has one patient with minor hand and foot weakness. He has another patient with shortness of breath who needs a scooter for mobility and has a number of needs at home, too. Both have been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, but they're at different stages and need different levels of treatment...
Around the bend Memphis, Tenn., to Vicksburg, Miss. - Part VI (01/03/11)
Dave Hardesty continues a day-by-day account of his Mississippi River kayaking trip, an adventure shared with his friend Danny Rees.
Caring decisions: The Missouri End-of-Life Coalition helps people make important care decisions (01/03/11)
When Susie Pekios thinks of her last moments on earth, she envisions herself looking out the French doors of her condo with her massage therapist on call, brownies baking in the oven, and a cold glass of Pepsi -- real, not diet -- in her hand. ...
Looking back at 2010's big business stories (01/03/11)
In Thursday's Southeast Missourian we published the top news stories of 2010, several of which were business stories. Isle of Capri's new $125 million casino development topped our list of 2010's general news stories and tops the list of business stories in Southeast Missouri, too...
Talking Shop with David Knight, president of Ole Hickory Pits and partner in Dream Big LLC (01/03/11)
Cape Girardeau businessman David Knight is half of Dream Big LLC, the company that brought Isle of Capri to Cape Girardeau and owned much of the property that makes up the new casino site. Before courting a casino, he got his start in the barbecue business by first opening Port Cape Girardeau and later translating his barbecue know-how into barbecue oven manufacturer Ole Hickory Pits. Throughout his career, he's been committed to revitalizing downtown Cape Girardeau...
People on the move 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
Judy Aslin has been named executive director of the Southeast Cancer Center, and Nick Schupp has been named director of radiation therapy at Southeast Hospital. Aslin was most currently director of patient care services. Since 1983 Aslin has served in the positions of nurse assistant, staff nurse, assistant nurse manager and nurse manager of the oncology unit, Southeast Hospice nurse manager and administrator and home care services administrator. ...
Robert Mazzel (01/03/11)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Robert Mazzei, 63, of Cobden died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, Ill.
Durby Mayfield (01/03/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Durby Mayfield, 79, of Cairo died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at his home. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cairo. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the funeral. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Mound City, Ill. National Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Ellis officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Illinois National Guard and area veterans...
Orville Temke (01/03/11)
Orville F. Temke, 84 of Ullin, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev Paul H. Donner officiating...
Kenneth Dexter (01/03/11)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Kenneth Benjamin Dexter, 88 of Ullin died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna, Ill. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday between at the Crossroads United Methodist Church. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ullin, with the Rev. Cecil R. Atchison officiating...
William Taylor (01/03/11)
William E. "Slug" Taylor, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home...
Vonna Reynolds (01/03/11)
Vonna June Reynolds, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Current River Nursing Center in Doniphan, Mo. She was born March 30, 1949, in Manila, Ark., to Troy and Sarah Kathleen Barrett Blackwood. She and Daniel Joseph Reynolds Sr. were married July 14, 1984, at Cape Girardeau. Vonna was a graduate of Central High School...
Births 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
Son to Todd Lamar Lee and Shantel Marie Harris of Cairo, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, midnight Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Name, Todd Lamar. Weight, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Second child, first son. Ms. Harris is the daughter of Donna Harris of Cairo. She is a CNA at Life Care Center. Lee is the son of Carla Wells and Paul Lee of Cairo...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Thefts Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Jackson fire report 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
Jackson Jackson firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Jackson firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Jackson firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Jackson firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: ...
Out of the past 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
The need for congressional reform and the shortcomings of the House-passed tax reform bill are stressed by U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson, who speaks at the Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee; he also discusses the new farm bill, the deficit reduction act and Wayne Cryts...
College's strong start (01/03/11)
All indications point to a strong start for the newly formed Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education. The partnership, which is made up of Mineral Area College, Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers College, offers community college-type services for students in the Cape Girardeau County region at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
Speak Out 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
THE side effects of secondhand smoke are not exaggerated. My parents never smoked, my siblings never smoked, my husband never smoked, my children never smoked, I never smoked. Yet when I hiccup, belch or cough, I taste smoke in my mouth and lungs. I have worked in restaurants for 50 years. ...
Prayer 1/3/11 (01/03/11)
O Lord, may the desires of our heart be founded in your will for our lives. Amen.
CCBDD Holds Holiday Gathering (01/03/11)
CAPE COUNTY BOARD FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES HOLDS HOLIDAY GATHERING CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, January 3, 2011 -- The Cape County Board for Developmental Disabilities held its first ever holiday gathering at Main Street Lanes in Jackson on December 18, 2010. The event was open to any resident of Cape Girardeau County who has a disability and their families. More than 145 adults and children enjoyed an evening of food, drinks, bowling, and a gift exchange...
Southeast Hospital 'Going Green' (01/03/11)
Southeast Hospital embraces "going green" as a standard practice, not a slogan. The Hospital recycles everything from batteries and printer cartridges to cardboard and disposable surgery instruments. "Going green makes sense because it allows us to live and work in a healthier environment," says Debbie Goodhart, Southeast's Environmental Services director...
A White Christmas (01/03/11)
Taken at the I55 North Bound Rest Stop just north of Ste Genevieve on Christmas Day
First Baby of the New Year at Southeast Hospital (01/03/11)
O.J. and Christa L. Turner of Jackson are the proud parents of Kadence Leanne. She was the first baby to be born at Southeast Hospital this year. Kadence was born at 12:09 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2. She weighed 7 pounds, two ounces, and was 19 inches long. "We're happy to have a healthy baby," says Christa. She and O.J. have two other children, an 8-year-old daughter and a 17-month-old son. "We just went from man-to-man to zone defense," a smiling O.J. observed about now parenting three children...
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