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Stories from Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful People: Man gets second chance after wreck (11/24/11)
It had been a long day, but he was almost home. Chris Hyche of Patton, Mo., had worked the night shift at Saint Francis Medical Center and then drove his stepson, Nicholas Farrow, to the airport in St. Louis and returned home. Instead of taking a nap, he went to class at Southeast Missouri State University...
Thankful People: Baby boy healthy after premature birth (11/24/11)
Nixon Wehmeyer entered this world at 8:34 a.m. Aug. 25 -- four weeks before his mother's due date in late September. He had no eyelashes or eyebrows because they had not developed yet, but he sported a small amount of blonde hair. After having her water break and going to the hospital only to discover that the baby was in a breach position, his mother, Nikki Wells-Wehmeyer, had to undergo an emergency C-section. ...
Thankful People: Traveling a hard road leads to a blessing (11/24/11)
2011 will be remembered as the year of God's blessing for Charlene Dalton of Cape Girardeau. "I always wanted to be a homeowner and now I am one," the spirited grandmother said. Charlene and her two granddaughters took possession of a new Habitat for Humanity house in July...
Thankful People: An addict finds he likes the new him, clean and sober (11/24/11)
Some people get a wake-up call. For Jackie Chandler, he simply woke up.
Thankful People: Pilot's recovery after crash exceeds doctors' hopes (11/24/11)
In March, Brent Hamilton thought life was almost too good. He and his brother ran the family business, and his wife had just announced she was pregnant with the couple's first child, due in November.
Area families hone Black Friday shopping strategies (11/24/11)
As soon as Thanksgiving dinner's dishes are done, Dwana Leible of Kelso, Mo., begins her Black Friday plan of attack. After filtering through the store circulars, Leible along with a team of nearly a dozen family and friends start making a list of what they want from each store...
Consider giving to Toybox, Christmas for the Elderly (11/24/11)
Most people in Southeast Missouri have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, but there are still those in the area who limp by all year and come to a halt at the holidays. With barely money to pay bills, these families might never be able to manage a Christmas...
Son of Cape smokehouse founder dies (11/24/11)
Edgar Esicar Jr., 85, worked with his father, brother and nephew at Esicar's Old Hickory Smoke House for nearly 40 years. He died Tuesday after residing at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau for the past four years. "He spoke his mind; he was very straightforward, very direct. He had a very dry since of humor," said his nephew's wife, Janet Esicar...
Kettle kickoff set for Monday morning (11/24/11)
The Salvation Army announced this week that its kettle kickoff will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at West Park Mall. Christmas music will be performed, and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call 335-7000.
I-55 in Perry County reduced for shoulder, bridge work (11/24/11)
Southbound Interstate 55 in Perry County will be reduced to one lane Monday through Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews have equipment on the shoulder to perform bridge maintenance on the overhead of Highway 51. This bridge is between Route T and Route K. ...
U.S. 60 in Stoddard County reduced for pavement work (11/24/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eastbound U.S. 60 from Highway 51 to County Road 485 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will begin at 8 a.m. Monday and conclude at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
I-55 in Cape County reduced for shoulder, bridge work (11/24/11)
Southbound Interstate 55 between Route D and Route F in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews have equipment on the shoulder to perform bridge maintenance on the overhead of Route KK. ...
Bridge maintenance scheduled for Route A in Perry County (11/24/11)
Route A between county roads 422 and 424 in Perry County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction,while Missouri Department of Transportation crews continue to perform routine bridge maintenance over Indian Creek. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 6:30 a.m. ...
Rare birds make stop in Missouri (11/24/11)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- A hunter in southwest Missouri saw a rare sight recently -- two whooping cranes. The Missouri Department of Conservation said the hunter was north of Neosho this week when he saw the whooping cranes. The large, endangered birds migrate from Canada to the Gulf Coast in the fall...
Joplin area has received $174M in federal money since tornado (11/24/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Six months after a record-setting tornado touched down in Joplin and devastated the community, officials are taking stock of the just how much money, resources and man-hours have gone into the recovery effort so far. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the city of Joplin, Jasper County and Newton County have received an estimated $174 million already from the federal government...
Command post in KC baby case closed (11/24/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Leads in the case of a missing Kansas City baby have slowed to a trickle, prompting police to close a command post where about a dozen investigators have been working on the case since the child disappeared seven weeks ago. Police insist they haven't given up on finding Lisa Irwin, who was 10 months old when her parents reported her missing Oct. ...
Spreading Europe stress sends stock market lower (11/24/11)
Europe's widening debt crisis and a weak report on Chinese manufacturers pushed stocks lower Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 236 points. Traders were spooked by the poor results at an auction of German debt, which drew too few bids to sell all of the 10-year notes being offered. Germany has Europe's strongest economy, and traders have bought its debt as a safe place to store value during turbulent times...
Science panel says weather will become more extreme (11/24/11)
WASHINGTON -- Think of the Texas drought, floods in Thailand and Russia's devastating heat waves as coming attractions in a warming world. That's the warning from top international climate scientists and disaster experts after meeting in Africa...
FBI arrests 7 in Amish haircut attacks in Ohio (11/24/11)
MILLERSBURG, Ohio -- The leader of a breakaway Amish group allowed the beatings of those who disobeyed him, made some members sleep in a chicken coop and had sexual relations with married women to "cleanse them," federal authorities said as they charged him and six others with hate crimes in hair-cutting attacks against other Amish...
Occupy protests cost cities at least $13M (11/24/11)
NEW YORK -- During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press...
Locally grown food a $7 billion business, USDA report says (11/24/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Carolyn Anderson likes to chat up the growers at her local farmers market in Missouri, at times hanging out behind the beds of pickup trucks brimming with ears of corn. For Anderson, 29, it's all about keeping it "local." And there's fresh evidence of just how big of a deal that word can mean for farmers' finances...
Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves, fossils (11/24/11)
BLUFFTON, Texas -- Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later. Now, the cracked marble tombstone engraved with the date Oct. 15, 1882, which is normally covered by 20 to 30 feet of water, has been eerily exposed as a yearlong drought shrinks one of Texas' largest lakes...
States weighing pros and cons of smart meters for utilities (11/24/11)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The cost of using an air conditioner -- whether it runs during the peak time for electrical usage or during off-peak hours -- is still the same for many electricity users across the country. The same goes for using a clothes dryer...
More cats than inmates at Fla. prison set to close (11/24/11)
BELLE GLADE, Fla. -- Authorities say dozens of cats that sneaked into a South Florida prison will be found new homes before the facility closes next month. As many as 80 cats have burrowed under fences and taken up residence at the state-run prison in Belle Glade. Prisoners have been feeding the animals, even though rules prohibit that...
Fairbanks hit with record-breaking cold: 41 below (11/24/11)
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Alaska's second-largest city is used to cold weather, but few residents expected record-breaking cold this early in the season. Shawn Ross has lived in Fairbanks his entire life and says few people were prepared for this severe of a cold snap in mid-November...
Cops: Woman tried to smuggle drugs in hollow Bible (11/24/11)
LANCASTER, S.C. -- Deputies in South Carolina say a woman used two hollowed-out Bibles to try to smuggle weapons, drugs and a cell phone to a prison inmate. Sheriff Barry Faile said Monday authorities began investigating 28-year-old Shareca Latoya Jones earlier this month after a package mailed to Lieber Correctional Institution was returned to a post office in Lancaster. ...
Mound of tires shows up in satellite images (11/24/11)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The sprawling pile of hundreds of thousands of tires isn't easy to spot from the ground, sitting in a rural South Carolina clearing accessible by only a circuitous dirt path that winds through thick patches of trees. No one knows how all those tires got there, or when...
Today in History (11/24/11)
Today is Thursday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2011. There are 37 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1971, a hijacker calling himself "Dan Cooper" (but who became popularly known as "D.B. Cooper") parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 somewhere over the Pacific Northwest after receiving $200,000 dollars in ransom -- his fate remains unknown...
With eye on Egypt, Israel prepares for the worst (11/24/11)
JERUSALEM -- Watching from the sidelines yet feeling much involved, Israel is preparing for the worst in Egypt, concerned about the fate of the 1979 peace treaty that reshaped the strategic balance of the Middle East. As Egypt copes with street protests in the run-up to parliamentary elections, Israel fears a strengthening of Islamists at the expense of the military could doom the deal that removed Israel's biggest neighbor from its list of enemies, giving the Jewish state far more room to maneuver on other fronts.. ...
Pakistan names new U.S. envoy (11/24/11)
ISLAMABAD -- The government appointed a liberal lawmaker and rights activist as its U.S. ambassador Wednesday, replacing an envoy who was forced out amid allegations he sought Washington's help in trying to rein in Pakistan's military. Sherry Rehman, who has faced militant death threats for speaking out against Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws often used to persecute Christians, appeared to be a candidate acceptable both to the army and the weak civilian government...
Russian president says country may target U.S. missile shield (11/24/11)
MOSCOW -- Russia's president threatened Wednesday to deploy missiles to target the U.S. missile shield in Europe if Washington fails to assuage Moscow's concerns about its plans, a warning that reflected deep cracks in U.S.-Russian ties despite President Barack Obama's efforts to "reset" relations with the Kremlin...
Yemen president quits amid uprising (11/24/11)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Yemen's authoritarian President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed Wednesday to step down amid a fierce uprising to oust him after 33 years in power. The U.S. and its powerful Gulf allies pressed for the deal, concerned that a security collapse in the impoverished Arab nation was allowing an active al-Qaida franchise to gain a firmer foothold...
Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team drops opener (11/24/11)
The Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team opened its season with a 50-22 loss at Sikeston on Tuesday.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team avoids upset (11/24/11)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team defeated Hannibal-LaGrange 82-72 on Wednesday.
Season wrapup: Southeast Missouri State football team unable to repeat success (11/24/11)
The Southeast Missouri State football team followed last year's historic season with a losing record.
College notebook: ND grad Morrill's career high earns her Sun Belt Conference honor (11/24/11)
News on a few local athletes who now are competing in college.
who's neXt 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
SCHOLARSHIPS -- From staff reports...
How to get kids to give back to others during the holiday season (11/24/11)
There are many reasons parents want to see their teen give back, especially around the holidays. Studies back parent wishes -- they show teens who volunteer do better in school, feel more positive about themselves and avoid risky behavior, according to Child Trends, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that collects research on children at all development stages...
Hooked on Science: Stop shaken can from spraying soda (11/24/11)
We go to open a can of our favorite soda, and it spews all over the place. Stop this from happening by using a little science trick that has nothing to do with tapping the top. STEP 2: Tap the side of the can several times. STEP 3: Open the soda. By tapping the side, you dislodge the carbon dioxide bubbles from the walls of the can to the top of the can. Upon opening the can, the bubbles rush out, and the soda stays in the can...
Keeping it clean (11/24/11)
Submitted photo Saxony Lutheran High School National Honor Society members took a break from the books Nov. 5 to spruce up areas and pick up trash alongside the road near the school and in parking lots. An usual item the students found was a broken snowboard...
Next calendar 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
"Steel Armor -- Blaze of War" PC "Distant Worlds -- Legends" PC "30 Minutes or Less " R "One Day" PG-13 Smashing Pumpkins, "Siamese Dream" Gorillaz, "The Singles Collection: 2001-2011" Brand New, "Your Favorite Weapon (Deluxe Edition)"...
The Gates Test (11/24/11)
Immigration faded as an issue during the recent recession, as many unemployed illegal immigrants self-deported. With this context, now is a good time to reconsider our policies. William Bennett, secretary of education under President Reagan, once referred to the "Gates Test":If you open a nation's borders, which directions do people flow? Are a nation's gates, walls and fences keeping people out or in? In the case of the U.S., if we eliminated our border patrol and physical barriers along the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexican frontier, we would be flooded by millions seeking better lives.. ...
Ruby Elkins (11/24/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ruby Alma Elkins, 91, of Anna, formerly of Jonesboro, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Anna Rehab and Nursing Care Center. Visitation will be noon to service time Sunday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with the Rev. John Cripps officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery...
Margaret Chase (11/24/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Margaret Louise Chase, 97, of Chaffee died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Bob Lewis officiating. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements...
Betty Haas (11/24/11)
Betty C. Haas, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Paul Short officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park...
Edgar Esicar Jr. (11/24/11)
Edgar A. "Edro" Esicar Jr., 85, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born April 11, 1926, in St. Louis, to Edgar A. and Bessie R. Sherman Esicar. He and his dearest friend, Virginia "Dolly" Schlue, were companions 62 years...
John Halter (11/24/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- John V. Halter, 85, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 6, 1925, in Oran, Mo., to John A. and Bertha Lauck Halter. He married Audrey McCreery on Feb. 14, 1947. She preceded him in death Sept. 22, 1986...
Sylvester Elfrink (11/24/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sylvester Elfrink, 89, of Sikeston passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. He was born Nov. 30, 1921, at Leopold, Mo., son of John Herman and Mary Hulshof Elfrink. Sylvester was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II...
Daisy Bromley (11/24/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Daisy Leora Bromley, 89, of Marble Hill passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 15, 1922, in East Prairie, Mo., daughter of William T. and Maude Anderson Newman. She and Arthur Bromley were married July 12, 1946. He passed away July 18, 1990...
Paul Kiefer (11/24/11)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Paul J. Kiefer, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 1, 1923, in Oran, Mo., to Theodore and Berdina Eftink Kiefer. He and Mildred P. Felter were married Oct. 30, 1951. She preceded him in death Dec. 12, 2007...
Corey Wilson (11/24/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Corey Andrew Wilson, 17, of Poplar Bluff died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 26, 1994, in St. Louis, to Matthew Wilson and Ellen Christine Newberry McCoy. Corey was a resident of Sonshine Home in Poplar Bluff the past six years. He will be missed by his many friends there. He adored his sister and loved for someone to read to him...
Births 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
Son to Demettria Renee Smith of Marble Hill, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:31 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Name, Bentley William Dale. Weight, 5 pounds, 12 ounces. Fourth child, second son. Ms. Smith is the former Demettria Stewart. She is a CNA...
Jackson police report 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Out of the past 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
Union Electric Co. employees Jim Niswonger and Cecil Turner erect the Salvation Army's Tree of Lights in front of the KFVS12 tower on Broadway; the annual campaign will begin Friday. Cape Girardeau's citizens utility committee, which is studying the possibility of establishing municipal-operated water and electric systems here, receives a firsthand look at a city-owned utility system in Columbia, Mo.; the group tours the water-treatment facility and Columbia's water-distribution system...
Thanking God for the fleas ... and Aunt Lou (11/24/11)
Last year I wrote a column during Thanksgiving week titled "Thank you for the fleas" -- a key line from Corrie Ten Boom's autobiography, "The Hiding Place." In the weeks that followed several people told me that after reading the column, they, too, when facing life's trials, were reminded of the line and its profundity...
Day of thanks (11/24/11)
Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest-home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin. -- Henry Alford (1810-1871) "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" (Written in 1844)...
Three more free-trade deals (11/24/11)
I can't believe it. What kind of geniuses have we elected? If they would go down the list of free traders, they would find every one of them has a huge trade deficit totaling $668 billion. China, the worst, with a deficit of $272 billion, shipped in 12 million computers that should have been manufactured in the U.S. ...
Speak Out 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
IF Cape Girardeau's deer committee is to be fair and balanced, there need to be some advocates for the deer. I think there should at least be representatives from the Humane Society, PETA and the Animal Liberation Front. I'VE got a great idea. All the members in Congress who are involved in insider trading need to turn the money over to charity...
Prayer 11/24/11 (11/24/11)
O Lord Jesus, our provider, in all things we give thanks to you. Amen.
Jackson Art Group Celebrates Christmas (11/24/11)
Jackson Art Group Celebrates Christmas During December there will be two opportunities to tour the Steck House Gallery and choose a gift for that special someone. Ideas include commissioning a portrait, a personalized poetry chair, lovely jewelry of all types, pottery, sculpture, scarves...the list is endless. The artists at Jackson Art Group will be happy to create an object d' art that is truly unique for your gift giving satisfaction...
Christmas Basket Raffle for Scott Co K9 Unit (11/24/11)
Scott Co K-9 Search and Rescue K9 team is having a Christmas Basket raffle to raise monies to help them with their search efforts. The basket will be full of goodies, including a CRKT Columbis River Bone handle knife, valued at Approximately $110.00,gift cards, and many other items. ...
Southeast Missouri Drug Free Communities Coalition (11/24/11)
Mission Missouri is beginning its seventh year as lead agency in the Southeast Missouri Drug Free Communities Coalition, funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, with members from 12 sectors of the community including law enforcement, healthcare, schools, faith, media, parents, youth, governmental agenices, agencies working with youth, civic and volunteer groups, business, and other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse. ...
Still Morning Reflection.. (11/24/11)
A RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME PHOTO! Wind: None, dead calm Light: Sun had just come up Angle: About a 45 degree angle Camera: iPhone
Country Club Members donate to SEMO Food Bank (11/24/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO- November 22, 2011- Cape Girardeau Country Club Couples Night attendees awarded Southeast Missouri Food Bank $575 to provide 4,025 meals to hungry Southeast Missourians in need this Holiday Season. Each week, couples that attend the Cape Girardeau Country Club donated their five dollar entry fees...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (11/24/11)
Sammy is a 2 year old Basset/Beagle mix. He LOVES attention and is looking for a lap to call home! Sammy is available for adoption at the Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
SCOUTING FOR FOOD (11/24/11)
PACK 15 & TROOP 4 SCOUTING FOR FOOD NOV 17. ALSO OUR PACK & TROOP PARTICIPATED IN THE OPERATION CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX.
AORN Chapter #2607 (11/24/11)
Southeast Missouri Chapter 2607 of AORN (Association of Perioperative Nurses) held it's monthly meeting at Missouri Delta in Sikeston on Thursday, Nov 17th. The meeting was held in correlation with National Perioperative Nurses Week, a cake and catered meal was served along with games and door prizes. ...
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