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Stories from Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A soldier named Lucky, part 4: Family left with questions and a maze of paperwork (02/16/11)
These memories break her. Cynthia gets up from the love seat and grabs a box of tissues from the kitchen. Those last days are back in focus. Lucky grinned. It was weak but contained the traces of that brilliant smile. Moments before, Lucky had said her last goodbye to Ceylon, hugging her daughter for the last time...
Living downtown: Cape Girardeau City Council looking at changes to ordinance regulating residences (02/16/11)
Whatever Laurie Everett needs, she never has to go far. A small grocery store is on the corner. A gourmet coffee shop is across the street. Several restaurants are just a few blocks down. And when Everett goes to work, she walks downstairs. For four years, Everett has owned and operated Annie Laurie's Antiques in the same building on Broadway where she and her husband, Rocky, have made a home for themselves and their 2-year-old son, Fletcher...
Notre Dame finishes $1.4M center (02/16/11)
It's a testament to Notre Dame Regional High School's mission of service, a school official says. The first event scheduled at the Catholic school's newly completed multipurpose center won't be a basketball game or a volleyball match. The $1.4 million facility will first host the Franciscan Mission Week -- with some 25 students and staff members of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, N.Y., using Notre Dame as a base camp for a week of community service projects in Southeast Missouri...
Law enforcement: Sales of pseudoephedrine spike in Perryville (02/16/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Buyers of pseudoephedrine products are driving up sales of the cold and sinus medication in Perryville now that Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff, Mo., require a doctor's prescription for the drug, according to state and local narcotics officers.
Jackson man charged with stealing from employer through kickback scheme (02/16/11)
After a six-month investigation Sikeston authorities and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have accused a Jackson man, formerly employed by the Dewitt Company, and the owner of a Tennessee-based textile supply company of stealing more than $500,000 from Dewitt over three years in an elaborate kick-back scam...
Voter forum focuses on April ballot issues (02/16/11)
A Cape Girardeau ballot issue forum Tuesday night focused on two topics -- how to pay for a new $72 million wastewater treatment plant and a controversial citywide smoking ban. The 20 or so who attended the League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri event at the Cape Girardeau Public Library sat mostly quiet as city officials urged them to vote yes on the two proposals that would pay a new plant and make improvements to the city's sewer system...
Women file civil rights lawsuit against Scott County sheriff, jailers (02/16/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County sheriff and two former employees of the Scott County Jail are named as defendants in a civil rights lawsuit. Bryan Greaser of the Bryan Greaser Attorney at Law firm in Cape Girardeau confirmed Monday he is representing Patricia Campbell, Lisa Gregory and Tina Shands in a lawsuit naming Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, Michael P. Proctor, 28, of Chaffee, Mo., and Ronald A. Baker, 42, of Sikeston, Mo., as defendants...
Jackson official: New fire station should open in 2012 (02/16/11)
Though Jackson's second fire station is still another year or so away from being operational, fire chief Jason Mouser has been busy trying to fund more equipment to house at both stations. In late 2010 Mouser applied for and received more than $720,000 in grant money from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants. ...
I-55 reduced for bridge repairs (02/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Northbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. The bridge is between U.S. 62 at Sikeston and Route AA, the bridge over Interstate 57. Weather permitting, the repairs will be made from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m...
Stocks fall after weak retail sales (02/16/11)
NEW YORK -- A surprisingly weak retail sales report drove stocks lower Tuesday, giving the Dow Jones industrial average its second straight day of losses. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that retail sales rose just 0.3 percent in January, the smallest increase since June and half of what economists had predicted...
GOP disparages Obama's budget (02/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Tuesday disparaged President Barack Obama's proposed $3.7 trillion budget for next year for taking a pass on tackling long-term deficits by not calling for structural changes in big-ticket entitlement programs for the elderly...
Obama calls for peaceful response in Middle East (02/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama Tuesday slammed Iran for its harsh treatment of anti-government protesters and called on governments throughout the Middle East to avoid crackdowns on pro-democracy supporters. "The world is changing," Obama said in a message directed at autocratic rulers across the region...
Missouri lawmakers consider nuclear power legislation (02/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group of Missouri power companies is urging lawmakers to let them bill electric customers for some costs of developing a second nuclear plant in Callaway County. The House Utilities Committee considered legislation Tuesday that would allow utilities to recoup the costs of an early site permit. Currently, utilities cannot bill customers for the costs of a new power plant until it goes online...
German company acquires New York Stock Exchange (02/16/11)
NEW YORK -- Why would anyone want to sell a centerpiece of capitalism like the New York Stock Exchange? Because despite its fame and its fabled floor, it's a lousy way to make money. A German company will acquire the Big Board in a deal that creates the world's largest exchange operator but does not stop the decades-long evolution of stock trading from shouting floor brokers to the cold, quiet hum of computers...
IBM supercomputer beats human champs on 'Jeopardy' (02/16/11)
NEW YORK -- The computer brained its human competition in Game 1 of the Man vs. Machine competition on "Jeopardy!" On the 30-question game board, veteran "Jeopardy!" champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter managed only five correct responses between them during the Double Jeopardy round that aired Tuesday. They ended the first game of the two-game face-off with paltry earnings of $2,400 and $5,400, respectively...
Bahrain square becomes new center for Arab anger (02/16/11)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Thousands of protesters took over a main square in Bahrain's capital Tuesday -- carting in tents and raising banners -- in a bold attempt to copy Egypt's uprising and force high-level changes in one of Washington's key allies in the Gulf...
Ivory Coast torn by mass killings since election (02/16/11)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- The entrance to the morgue is like a mouth through which comes an awful smell. It hits you as far back as the parking lot and makes your eyes water. From a dozen yards away, it's strong enough to make you throw up. What lies inside is proof of mass killings in this once-tranquil country of 21 million, where the sitting president is refusing to give way to his successor. ...
Girl born with 12 fingers, 14 toes reaches for a record (02/16/11)
YANGON, Myanmar -- From almost the moment Le Yati Min was born, her mother knew the girl had a little something extra. "I asked the nurses whether my kid was born complete with hands and legs," says her mother. "They replied that the baby even has more than she needs."...
Central falls to Charleston rally (02/16/11)
Charleston overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half and defeated Central 68-64
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Jackson's Brooke Sanders (02/16/11)
Sanders has helped lead the Indians to four wins in their last four games, beginning with convincing 81-47 win over rival Central.
High school roundup: Leopold rolls past Zalma 73-65 (02/16/11)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Gray heats up as Advance turns back Oran 84-72 (02/16/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- It was all in the flick of the wrist. Grant Gray went from lukewarm to hot in the fourth quarter to keep Advance on top and claim an 84-72 victory Tuesday night at Oran. Gray was 3 of 10 from the field in the first half and 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. The senior guard rattled off the Hornets' first 11 points in the fourth quarter, including 3 of 3 on 3-pointers to help preserve a lead...
Denmon leads Missouri past Texas Tech (02/16/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Marcus Denmon scored 20 points, showing no after effects from a blow to the head three days earlier, to help No. 20 Missouri beat Texas Tech 92-84 on Tuesday night. Kim English had 16 points and reserve Michael Dixon 13 points for the Tigers (20-6, 6-5 Big 12), who shot 58 percent but were tested in a run-and-gun contest that was light on defense before going to 16-0 at home. John Roberson had 21 points for Texas Tech (11-15, 3-8), which shot 49 percent...
Redhawks host OVC leader tonight (02/16/11)
Defending champ Murray State brings an eight-game winning streak to town
La Russa says players union is pressuring Pujols (02/16/11)
The slugger's self-imposed deadline for a contract is today
Musial bestowed U.S.'s highest civilian honor (02/16/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Baseball great Stan Musial already has a statue outside of Busch Stadium and a plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y. On Tuesday, the former St. Louis Cardinal received the nation's highest civilian honor, the presidential Medal of Freedom. Musial was among 15 recipients honored during a ceremony at the White House. President Barack Obama called the Hall-of-Famer "a gentleman you would want your kids to emulate."...
Snow helps, hampers syrup makers (02/16/11)
RANDOLPH, Vt. -- The mountains of snow that have buried the Northeast this winter will have a sweet -- and slightly bitter -- taste for the region's maple syrup producers. Sweet because an abundance of snow actually helps with the production of the sap that is boiled down to produce syrup. But bitter because, well, too much snow is just as much a chore for maple syrup producers to deal with as it is for everybody else...
A Harte Appetite: Strawberry fields of flavor (02/16/11)
I spent some time this month in Southern California, escaping Missouri's winter weather. Out there the sun was shining, the temperature was balmy and everything was green. And as if that weren't enough, you occasionally even bump into a movie star. But of all the advantages attendant to being in California, I think the biggest one may be that the strawberry season there begins in January and lasts practically year-round. ...
You won't miss the meat in these vegetarian dishes (02/16/11)
Over the past couple of weeks I have shared recipes with you from new cookbooks and have put aside several recipes people have sent in. Cheryl Mothes frequently sends in vegetarian recipes hoping we will give them a try and embrace a meat free lifestyle. These recipes sound so good, I am sure we would not even miss the meat. This would be a great way to start the new year and healthy change in living and dining...
Rev. Richard O'Brien (02/16/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Rev. Richard J. O'Brien, 80, of Perryville died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Assumption, with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, with the funeral Mass following at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Perry Henry will officiate. Burial will be in the Community Cemetery....
Kennie Jones (02/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Kennie B. Jones Sr., 79, of Sikeston died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at New Morning Star Baptist Church in Haywood City, Mo. Williams Funeral Home of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements...
Danny Gonzales (02/16/11)
Danny J. Gonzales, 64, of Jackson died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Lisch (02/16/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Donald H. Lisch, 78, of Anna died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ill...
Lillian Hahn (02/16/11)
Lillian Hahn, 96, of Jackson died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Jackson Manor. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Betty Proffer (02/16/11)
Betty Jean Proffer, 73, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Monticello House. She was born Feb. 25, 1937, at Crump, daughter of Otis and Mary Ervin Proffer. Betty was a member of First General Baptist Church in Jackson. She worked at the former International Shoe factory in Jackson from 1959 until 1988, and at LeeRowan in Jackson from 1988 until her retirement in 2002. ...
Venita Daniel (02/16/11)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Venita F. Daniel, 56, of McClure died peacefully in her home Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. She was born May 8, 1954, in Cairo, Ill. She and Theodore Daniel were married April 12, 1974. Venita attended school in Loves Park, Ill., and graduated in 1972 from Dupo High School in Dupo, Ill...
Perry Conrad (02/16/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perry H. Conrad, 81, of Perryville died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born in Perry County, Sept. 30, 1929, son of the late Herbert and Edna Shrum Conrad. He and Virginia F. Bangert were married Oct. 2, 1948...
Les Christensen (02/16/11)
NAPLES, Fla. -- M.L. "Les" Christensen, 83, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends Saturday Feb. 12, 2011, in Naples. He was born March 9, 1927, in Gloucester City, N.J. Les honorably served his country in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the war, he graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, receiving a B.A. degree in 1952...
Births 2/16/11 (02/16/11)
Son to Shannon Eli McDaniel and Shauna Ray Beasley of Tamms, Ill., Southeast Hospital, 7:31 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. Name, Tryston Ray. Weight, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Second child, first son. Ms. Beasley is the daughter of Raymond and Pamela Beasley of Tamms. McDaniel is the son of David and Karen Brown of Tamms. He is employed at Economy Boat Store...
Jackson police and fire report 2/16/11 (02/16/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thefts...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/16/11 (02/16/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 2/16/11 (02/16/11)
St. Mark Lutheran Church notes the first Sunday in Lent at morning services; the gospel describes Jesus' 40 days of temptation in the wilderness; modern temptation is part of a dialogue between Carl Train as devil's advocate and the pastor, the Rev. F. Jan Bengstson...
U.S. lacks financial leadership, courage (02/16/11)
If we can take our limited focus away from the ever-changing face of the Mideast long enough, we have some economic issues at home that urgently need our attention. Unfortunately, the Obama administration this week announced its budget proposals which fail to address our issues in any meaningful manner...
Education cuts (02/16/11)
The budget cut. It's a storm that those in higher education have been bracing for over the last several months. But fortunately the storm has subsided for the moment -- at least to some extent. Gov. Jay Nixon has said his budget would cut higher education's funding by 7 percent for the upcoming fiscal year -- which amounts to about a $3.4 million cut to Southeast Missouri State University's budget...
Speak Out 2/16/11 (02/16/11)
IT is a sad day when the value of our flag has been reduced to that of a rag. There should be consequences for defacing our flag of freedom, love, hope, prosperity, opportunity and independence. What an insult. Our ancestors died for our freedom from oppressive government and taxation. If our politicians believe it is OK to deface, burn and walk on our flag, then this country does not represent any of our core values...
Prayer 2/16/11 (02/16/11)
Almighty God, to you goes the glory for the great things you have done. Amen.
Cape CTC Robotics Team to compete at state (02/16/11)
The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center Robotics Team earned the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award at the recent First Tech Challenge at the A.C. Brase Arena. The team-- all Cape Central High School Students-- created a new and improved design of their award-winning Tiger Tron robot, which competed previously at the state competition in St. ...
Eric Schott signs with Missouri Southern (02/16/11)
Cape Central High School Senior Eric Schott recently signed a letter of intent to run Cross Country and Track at Missouri Southern University at Rolla. Seated with Eric in the photo above are his parents Terry and Kim Schott. Standing, left to right, are CHS Principal Dr. Mike Cowan; Assistant Cross Country/Track Coach Bryan Kelpe; Head Cross Country Coach Mark Hahn; Head Track Coach Matt Hale; and Athletic Director Lance Tollison...
Mary Dohogne signs letter of intent (02/16/11)
Mary Dohogne, Cape Central High School senior, signed a letter of intent to run Cross Country and Track at Southeast Missouri State University. Pictured with Mary are her parents, Lisa and Patrick Dohogne. Standing, left to right, are CHS Principal Dr. Mike Cowan; Assistant Track and Cross Country Coach Bryan Kelpe; Head Cross Country Coach Mark Hah; Head Track Coach Matt Hale; SEMO Cross Country Coach Ryan Lane; and CHS Athletic Director Lance Tollison...
ADOPT BUTCH (02/16/11)
Butch is a 3 year old Basset Hound. He is available for adoption at The Humane Society, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
THRIVE Students Collect Jeans for Homeless Teens (02/16/11)
THRIVE students from 3 area schools participated in Aeropostale's Teens for Jeans campaign and collected a combined total of 733 pairs of jeans. The jeans will be distributed to homeless teens and families across the United States and Canada. For more details on the campaign, you can go to www.teensforjeans.com...
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