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Stories from Sunday, February 13, 2011

A soldier named Lucky, Part 1: Woman comes to America with big dreams, but they end in a VA hospital bed (02/13/11)
The snow wouldn't stop. Washington, D.C., was in the throes of a crippling blizzard that would dump nearly three feet of heavy, wet mess on much of the region, shutting down the city and the nation's political business. The national press billed it "snowpocalypse."...
Public hearings over Ameren rate increase request coming up this week (02/13/11)
Before the Missouri Public Service Commission begins evidentiary hearings in April, it will sponsor of series of public hearings this week allowing customers to ask questions about Ameren Missouri's September 2010 request for a rate increase. While the meetings closest to Cape Girardeau are in Dexter, Mo., and Hayti, Mo., customers can submit written questions and comments to the commission...
Emerson expects to decide on Senate run in 'a couple weeks' (02/13/11)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson has some soul searching to do. The longtime Republican congresswoman is sitting down this weekend with her husband, labor lawyer Ron Gladney, for a long talk about her potential run for U.S. Senate. After tackling some tough questions, she said, she expects to make a decision "in a couple weeks" about whether she wants to challenge incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2012 -- after facing her fellow party members in the primary...
Crowds cheer on their favorite drivers, trucks at Winter Nationals (02/13/11)
Dirt flew and decibels soared Friday night at the Show Me Center for the Monster Truck Winter Nationals and Bad Boys of Arenacross event. Crowds of 2,166 people Friday and 2,634 people Saturday cheered on their favorite racers and monster trucks. One of the crowd favorites the last couple of years has been the Bad Boy Bigfoot monster truck, driven by Larry Swim of De Soto, Mo. He's been with the Bigfoot team for three years, but has been involved with monster trucks since he was a teenager...
Jackson schools to save through refinancing bonds (02/13/11)
The Jackson School District expects to save more than $200,000 under a refinancing plan.
Stoddard County sex offender may have been incorrectly charged (02/13/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Stoddard County's prosecuting attorney says he received bad information that led to a Bloomfield man potentially being wrongly accused of a felony. On Feb. 2, Gerald Barker, 38, was arrested and charged with being a registered sex offender residing within 1,000 feet of a preschool facility in Bloomfield. ...
Country singer Luke Bryan coming to Poplar Bluff (02/13/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Luke Bryan, the Academy of Country Music's 2010 Top New Artist, is coming to the Black River Coliseum March 11. The JaneDear Girls and James Wesley will open for Bryan. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. today at the coliseum box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Pre-sale codes, which allow for the purchase of advance tickets, are available through local radio stations and on the coliseum's website at www.blackrivercoliseum.com. Ticket prices begin at $24.75...
Club news 2/13/11 (02/13/11)
The fourth annual March for Life Pilgrimage sponsored by Vincentian Marian Youth was held Jan. 21 through 25 in Washington, D.C. There were 115 youth and youth leaders from Ste. Genevieve, Perryville, Mo., and Farmington, Mo., Catholic parishes in the march...
Mo. farmers face tough decisions on what to plant (02/13/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- From massive shifts in global wheat trading to weather patterns, a confluence of circumstances is fueling a bullish agricultural commodities market that poses vexing questions about what Missouri farmers will grow this year...
Missouri regulators approve energy efficiency rules (02/13/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri regulators approved new rules last week that will give utility companies incentives to invest in promoting energy efficiency. The administrative rules were needed to implement a state law designed to boost energy efficiency programs in Missouri. The law, approved in 2009, allows utilities to earn the same profit on an efficiency investment as they do for investments into power plants or other capital, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday...
Kansas City police officers will be required to wear seat belts (02/13/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police officials are changing a procedure that allowed seat-belt reminder alarms to be disabled in patrol cars. Police mechanics had been disabling the alarms, which are supposed to beep until officers put on their seat belts. A recent Kansas City Star story said some officers don't like wearing seat belts on duty because they think the seat belts will prevent them from getting out of their cars quickly or getting to their gun when they need it...
Fed initiative targeting gangs in Kansas City, across nation (02/13/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In a city where there are twice as many identified gang members as there are police officers, the announcement last week that seven Kansas City residents are facing federal gang-related charges might not seem like much. But prosecutors in Kansas City and Washington, D.C., say Wednesday's charges are just the start of a nationwide gang crackdown in which federal prosecutors are working with local jurisdictions to tackle a growing public safety threat...
Johnson's Shut-Ins returns to life after dam break (02/13/11)
MIDDLEBROOK, Mo. -- Bill Bryan paused on a hiking trail in Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. Below him, the clear water of the East Fork of the Black River rushed through a maze of boulders and craggy rock formations. It was a stretch where the river was truly "shut in" by volcanic rocks -- a place of beauty and serenity on a crisp winter day...
Drifters find home in ruins left by Hurricane Katrina (02/13/11)
NEW ORLEANS -- The dark blue rescue van pulls up in front of a sad shell of a house, a few blocks from the police station and criminal court. It's turning into a cold January night. Slipping on gloves, social workers Mike Miller and Katy Quigley head in...
Judge orders trial for man in Michigan mosque plot (02/13/11)
DEARBORN, Mich. -- A California man accused of plotting to attack a popular Detroit-area mosque was ordered to stand trial Friday after police testified that he had 96 fireworks in his car, including M-80 firecrackers and smoke bombs. Roger Stockham was arrested Jan. 24 during a traffic stop near the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. Witnesses said the 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran spoke hours earlier at a bar about setting off an explosion at the mosque...
Kinder Morgan raises $2.86 billion in market debut (02/13/11)
NEW YORK -- Another sign that the IPO market is getting hotter: The pipeline company Kinder Morgan raised $2.86 billion in the biggest ever initial public offering for a U.S. company backed by private equity firms. Kinder Morgan was able to sell more shares at a higher price than it anticipated. Investors pushed shares more than 3 percent above their $30 offering price in afternoon trading...
Obama wants less gov't in mortgage system (02/13/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration wants to shrink the government's role in the mortgage system -- a proposal that would remake decades of federal policy aimed at getting Americans to buy homes and would probably make home loans more expensive across the board...
Two Connecticut MBA graduates start new social networking site (02/13/11)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Nick Jaensch and Keith Bessette know that 500 million online friends and $1.5 billion raised from investors are for that other online social network. The two University of Connecticut MBAs have instead received $350,000 in private and state money to develop shizzlr.com, a corner of the Internet dedicated to college students and 20-somethings...
States' offer of tax breaks no guarantee for jobs (02/13/11)
NEW YORK -- It's recently become an article of faith for many governors as they try to attract jobs: raising taxes during a recession is a nonstarter, choking off growth and damaging a state's fragile economic recovery. With the exception of Illinois, where Democratic Gov. ...
25 injured when taxi plows into crowd in San Diego (02/13/11)
SAN DIEGO -- A taxi driver plowed slowly through a crowd on a sidewalk in a popular restaurant and nightclub zone early Saturday, severing the leg of one woman and injuring more than two dozen other people, police said. The crash occurred about 2 a.m. in the heart of the busy Gaslamp District as revelers were heading home, according to police Sgt. Ray Battrick. Witnesses said the cab was traveling around 15 miles an hour...
Wireless advances could mean no more cell towers (02/13/11)
NEW YORK -- As cell phones have spread, so have large cell towers -- those unsightly stalks of steel topped by transmitters and other electronics that sprouted across the country over the last decade. Now the wireless industry is planning a future without them, or at least without many more of them. ...
Egypt army commits to transfer (02/13/11)
CAIRO -- On Egypt's first day in nearly 30 years without Hosni Mubarak as president, its new military rulers pledged Saturday to eventually hand power to an elected civilian government and outlined its first cautious steps in a promised transition to democracy. It reassured the world that it will abide by its peace deal with Israel...
Thousands demand reforms in Algeria (02/13/11)
ALGIERS, Algeria -- Heavily outnumbered by riot police, thousands of Algerians defied government warnings and dodged barricades to rally in their capital Saturday, demanding democratic reforms a day after mass protests toppled Egypt's autocratic ruler...
India census may help poorest (02/13/11)
NEW DELHI -- Three weeks, 29 questions and more than a billion heads to count. India is busily conducting its 15th national census, with millions of government workers deploying across the country to tally its estimated 1.17 billion people and ask questions on housing, work and education that should give a clearer picture of the world's most populous democracy and its vast needs...
Kidnap game raises controversy (02/13/11)
LONDON -- A British Scout troop's outdoor exercise depicting the mock kidnapping of Prince William's bride-to-be has raised some eyebrows. The Scouts' annual "quest" in the small English town of Amersham, west of London, last week involved watching an actress playing Kate Middleton being kidnapped by a team of balaclava-clad men, according to a local newspaper. An actor playing Prince William then appealed to the 300 Scouts, aged 11 to 13, to help him find his princess...
Strong quake jolts Chile (02/13/11)
CAUQUENES, Chile -- A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck central Chile on Friday, centered in almost exactly the same spot where last year's magnitude-8.8 quake spawned a tsunami and devastated coastal communities. Electricity and phone service were disrupted and thousands of people fled to higher ground following Friday's quake, but the government quickly announced that there was no risk of a tsunami, and there were no reports of damage or injuries. ...
High school roundup: VanGennip leads Advance to victory over Delta (02/13/11)
All the local high school events reported Friday to the Southeast Missourian.
Sikeston ends Central's winning streak (02/13/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Enough. Central senior guard Andrew Williams is tired of seeing Sikeston. The Bulldogs beat up the Tigers twice during the football season and added a second victory in boys basketball with Friday's 75-57 win in a much-anticipated matchup between state-ranked teams at a crowded Sikeston Field House...
Oak Ridge defense throttles Chaffee (02/13/11)
OAK RIDGE -- The Oak Ridge boys basketball team has some offensive weapons, but the Blue Jays take particular pride in their defense. "It all starts with defense for us," Oak Ridge coach Adam Stoneking said. Things started and ended with defense for the Blue Jays on Friday night as they celebrated homecoming with a beat down of Chaffee...
Notre Dame edges Poplar Bluff 61-60 in overtime (02/13/11)
Jacob Tolbert's basket late in overtime broke the game's final tie
High school roundup: Leopold boys avenge loss, defeat Oak Ridge 59-51 (02/13/11)
All the local high school events reported Saturday to the Southeast Missourian.
Jackson ends ND's reign at Show Me Conference meet (02/13/11)
Notre Dame's four-year reign as conference swimming champions is over. The Jackson Indians left no doubt about who is the best team in 2011. Jackson won eight of the 11 first-place medals during the swimming portion of Friday's Show Me Conference meet en route to a dominating performance...
16 local wrestlers qualify for state meet (02/13/11)
A total of 16 area high school wrestlers qualified for state competition with their performances during Saturday's district meets. Jackson qualified eight wrestlers in Class 4, Notre Dame qualified five in Class 2 and Central will send three in Class 3...
MSU beats stubborn Redhawks (02/13/11)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team dug itself an early 11-point hole Saturday night. Southeast hung tough with host Morehead State the rest of the way but never could make up that early deficit during a 64-52 loss in Morehead, Ky. Southeast, suffering its second consecutive defeat following two straight wins, fell to 7-19 overall and 5-10 in Ohio Valley Conference play...
Missouri remains perfect at home (02/13/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Another rout at home, fueled by a deep bench, helped Missouri shake off a recent spanking at Kansas. The 19th-ranked Tigers got 16 points from Michael Dixon and 11 from fellow reserve Justin Safford, improving to 15-0 at home with an 84-61 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday...
Southeast women suffer their worst OVC loss vs. MSU (02/13/11)
Morehead State posted a 49-point victory against the Redhawks
Redhawks softball debuts in Classic (02/13/11)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team opened its season by going 1-3 during the first two days of the Mardi Gras Classic in Monroe, La. Southeast defeated Indiana State 6-2 and lost to host Louisiana-Monroe 6-1 on Saturday after falling to Northwestern State 2-1 and Louisiana-Monroe 11-3 in five innings Friday...
Wild completes sweep of Blues (02/13/11)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Cal Clutterbuck scored for the third time in two nights, and the Minnesota Wild beat St. Louis 3-1 on Saturday while sending Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak to an early exit. Halak was pulled for Ty Conklin midway through the second period after Kyle Brodziak's goal made it 3-0 Minnesota. Antti Miettinen also scored a power-play goal for the Wild, who got another strong start by goalie Niklas Backstrom and outshot the Blues 31-25...
Generous: Oak Ridge comes together to support school (02/13/11)
After recent success by Oak Ridge High School's cross country team, the members of the community decided to reward the students for their hard work. The team had not received new uniforms in years, so supporters of the team and the community worked together to raise funds for new ones. ...
Adopt Lois (02/13/11)
Adopt Onyx (02/13/11)
Bloomfield teen uses drive, determination to make dreams come true (02/13/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- When the Bloomfield High School cheerleaders, in their traditional purple and gold, take to the gym floor to perform one of their crowd-pleasing dance routines, the dance is flawless. The girls move with exact precision, the result of endless hours of rehearsing. The team has won dozens of awards over the years...
FYI 2/13/11 (02/13/11)
New McKendree United Methodist Church's South Campus will hold a fried catfish and chicken tenders dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the New McKendree Celebration Center. The meal also includes coleslaw, baked beans, spiral potatoes, dessert and a drink. Adults eat for $8, children ages 5 to 12 eat for $5 and children younger than 5 eat free...
Generous: Team raises more than $20K for breast cancer awareness (02/13/11)
Southeast Missouri State University volleyball coach Renata Heard and the Redhawks volleyball team presented Steven C. Bjelich, president and CEO at Saint Francis Medical Center, with a $20,100 check from the Dig for Life campaign to be used for breast cancer detection and awareness. The 2010 campaign was the most successful one to date...
88-year-old bowler knocks down five strikes in row (02/13/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Violet Cooper of Dexter didn't know just how good a bowler she was. When a member of the Golden Seniors Bowling league recently suffered a broken bone, the local team needed to call in a substitute. Cooper's name was on the list, and she said she was flattered by the request...
Pet of the week - Dusty (02/13/11)
Pet name: Dusty Owners: Larry and Lillian Angle Favorite activity: Sleeping in the pajama drawer. IM000445.JPG...
Award: Students win 'Six Pillars of Character' essay, art contest (02/13/11)
The winners of the "Six Pillars of Character" essay and art contest have been announced. This year's winners were Bailey Beussink from St. Vincent de Paul in first place, Laura Bertrand from Immaculate Conception School in second place and Sydney McClintock from St. ...
Deed of the Week: Rubbermaid employee helps boy scouts (02/13/11)
Debbie Vance, an employee at Rubbermaid, recently found out Boy Scout Troop No. 11 was in need of some Gatorade jugs for their outings. Debbie made a request and received two three-gallon jugs from Rubbermaid. Debbie delivered the jugs to Boy Scout Troop No. 11...
Dog booties help protect paws (02/13/11)
For the next few months, thousands of dogs will be running across Alaska and Canada in several long-distance sled-dog races. To compete, most will need to wear booties to protect their feet from rough, icy terrain. This begs the question: Do household dogs need to wear booties when strolling or hiking with their humans?...
Return engagement: Jaggers is pastor at Cape church for second time in his life (02/13/11)
The Rev. Dean Jaggers is the pastor at First General Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau for the second time in his life. After having served the church from 1977 to 1980, Jaggers and his wife, Hazel, received a call in 2007 asking them to return. "We were semiretired living in the Tampa, Fla., area when the call came," Jaggers said. ...
Controversies are simply a call to action (02/13/11)
There is nothing like a good controversy to stir up emotion, draw sides and construct plans of action. Controversy will either prompt our passion to adapt to a changing environment to address this new issue or will give us a fleeting issue-of-the-day to stew in...
Living the world of make-believe (02/13/11)
What is so unpleasant about life that causes people to constantly attempt to get away from it all? Why does someone constantly try to live in a world that is unreal, if only for a short time? How can you make your existence more desirable so you can enjoy ordinary living rather than trying to escape the daily?...
River Heritage Association works to highlight tourism (02/13/11)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Dinosaur bones. Civil War battlefields. Barbecue cook-offs. Scenic overlooks. Sound like a great place to vacation? It is all right here in Southeast Missouri. Christina McWaters, president of the River Heritage Association, a 12-county group dedicated to tourism, said many people don't realize all there is to do in their own backyards...
House finch makes itself at home (02/13/11)
A native North American bird, the house finch can be found in Mexico, parts of southern Canada and parts of all continental states in the U.S. except possibly North Dakota. The house finch is a nonmigratory bird. Originally, the house finch existed only in Mexico and the American west. ...
Chesley Willis (02/13/11)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Chesley K. Willis, 84, of Olive Branch died at 2:52 a.m. Saturday Feb. 12, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born in Miller City, Ill., on Oct. 31, 1926, the youngest son of Frank J. and Lydia Kirstein Willis. He married Cecile Hopkins who preceded him in death in 2006...
Scheeter - Vanden Heuvel (02/13/11)
Vaughn and Toni Scheeter of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlyn Leigh Scheeter, to Marcus William Vanden Heuvel, both of Chesterfield, Mo. He is the son of William and Christine Vanden Heuvel of Kaukauna, Wis. Scheeter is a 2006 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Maryville University of St. Louis in 2010...
Chasteen - Jenkins (02/13/11)
Timothy Dean and Toni Annette Chasteen of Lee's Summit, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Keri Anne Chasteen of Cape Girardeau, to William Andrew Jenkins. He is the son of William Anthony and Liana Keller Jenkins of Advance, Mo. Chasteen is a graduate of Lee's Summit North High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a legal assistant with Layton and Southard, LLC, in Cape Girardeau...
Montgomery - Murphy (02/13/11)
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Montgomery of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Holly Louise Montgomery, to Ryan William Murphy, both of New York, N.Y. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Murphy of Auburn, N.Y. Montgomery is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is an account executive with YuMe Networks...
Senciboy - Burger (02/13/11)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Mike and Linda Senciboy of New Hamburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Monica Rose Senciboy, to Major Alexander Burger. He is the son of Russell and Stephanie Burger of New Hamburg. Senciboy is a 2004 graduate of Kelly High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 2009. She is a registered nurse at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Vangennip - Litchfield (02/13/11)
Fred and Bonita VanGennip of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Ann VanGennip, to Stephen Wayne Litchfield. He is the son of David and Cindy Litchfield of Dexter, Mo. VanGennip is a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame High School. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008. She is customer experience representative with Big River Telephone...
Bridwell - 40 Years (02/13/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Laddie Bridwell of Chaffee are observing their 40th wedding anniversary today. A celebration dinner is planned early this summer, to be hosted by their children and grandchildren. Bridwell and Annette McCulley were married Feb. 13, 1971, in Jackson...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/13/11 (02/13/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Jackson police/fire report 2/13/11 (02/13/11)
POLICE Arrest Firefighters responded to the following call Friday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/13/11 (02/13/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 2/13/11 (02/13/11)
Circuit judges A.J. Seier and Stanley A. Grimm, after meeting with Prosecuting Attorney Larry Ferrell, decide to call a county grand jury at the prosecutor's request to investigate an automobile accident involving a car driven by a captain in the county sheriff's department...
School mensu Feb. 14 to 18 (02/13/11)
Cape Girardeau Elementary MONDAY--Chili dog with cheese or ham & cheese on wheat bun, whole kernel corn, applesauce. TUESDAY--Cheeseburger on wheat bun or turkey & cheese on wheat bun, french fries, bunch of grapes. WEDNESDAY--Bite-size ravioli or ham & cheese on wheat bun, French bread sauce, pineapple tidbits...
Chamber awards (02/13/11)
Last Friday the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner at the Show Me Center. At the dinner, three awards were presented: The Rush H. Limbaugh Award, Small Business of the Year Award and Go-Getter Award. Receiving the Rush H. ...
Speak Out 2/13/11 (02/13/11)
I noticed in my drive into Cape Girardeau on Route K that the Notre Dame students had picked up the trash and placed the yellow bags along the road to be picked up. The next day the bags hadn't been picked up yet, but there was a lot of new trash along the road. If you see someone throw out trash, get their license number and report them. Let's keep this beautiful landscape clean...
Prayer 2/13/11 (02/13/11)
O Lord, may You be glorified as we worship You. Amen.
Bluebird (02/13/11)
This little bluebird was perched so tightly to the branch. This was an extremely cold day and it was windy.
miss teen sikeston 2011 (02/13/11)
Taylor bollinger won miss out standing teen sikeston February 12, 2011. she is a juinor at jackson high school. Her parents are mindy clay of jackson and scott and jessica bollinger of jackson
Valentine cards from the 50s (02/13/11)
My mother's attic is a time capsule. Here are Valentine's Day cards from my Trinity Lutheran School classmates from the 1950s. http://www.capecentralhigh.com/stuff-that-doesnt-fit-anywhere-else/valentines-day-cards-from-trinity-lutheran-school/
Babygirl (02/13/11)
Babygirl hoping for an early Spring!
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