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Stories from Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Local girl to appear on 'Toddlers & Tiaras' (11/30/11)
Local 8-year-old Jacy LeGrand will be featured on an episode of "Toddlers & Tiaras" expected to air in the spring. A camera crew will be in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday and Dec. 7 filming at the LeGrands' home and around town. They will then follow the family to the "Wild Wild West Show Down" pageant Dec. 10 in Indianapolis...
Cape office complex arson suspect has extensive criminal history (11/30/11)
The man charged with burning a Cape Girardeau office complex waived his formal arraignment Monday. Mark K. Carleton, 26, is charged with second-degree arson after he allegedly used paper and a lighter to start a fire Nov. 21 that caused more than $500,000 worth of damage an office complex at 1707 N. Mount Auburn Road. He appeared in court Monday and waived his formal arraignment. Carleton will be arraigned Dec. 15...
Jackson spends more than $750,000 to reduce backup generator emissions (11/30/11)
Jackson officials consented to purchase expensive, federally mandated emissions equipment last week, but feel the local environment and customers would be better served if the money were spent differently. The board of aldermen approved a purchase of $759,948 from Farabee Mechanical, Inc., of Hickman, Neb., for what City Administrator Jim Roach called "fancy mufflers" for the city's backup electrical generators...
Early-season snow leads to day off for a few area schools (11/30/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- Some school districts in Southeast Missouri canceled classes Tuesday morning when parts of the area were blanketed with early season snow. The weather came as a surprise to some, including Mitch Wood, superintendent of the Oran school district.
Buzzi Unicem holding public hearing on hazardous waste permit changes (11/30/11)
Proposed changes to Buzzi Unicem's hazardous waste permit will be discussed at a public meeting Wednesday. The meeting, hosted by Buzzi, will include a presentation by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources's Hazardous Waste and Land Reclamation program's staff. It will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marquette Natatorium...
New insurance will save Cape school district more than $260K (11/30/11)
Cape Girardeau School District employees will see a change in their health insurance provider that will cause an increase their deductible payments and decrease payments in other areas. The school board voted unaminously Monday to approve moving the district's medical insurance to Coventry Health Care from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. The plans will go into effect Jan. 1...
Man accused of molestation changes plea to guilty (11/30/11)
The Cape Girardeau man accused of molesting a teenager for three years withdrew his not-guilty plea and pleaded guilty to second-degree statutory sodomy Monday. Kenneth G. Higgins, 47, was charged with sporadically molesting a girl from the time she was 12 until she turned 15. ...
Sikeston improvement district proposal dies from lack of action (11/30/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A bill establishing a Downtown Sikeston Community Improvement District failed to get past a first reading. The motion for a first reading on the bill died for lack of a second during a special city council meeting Monday. If the bill had passed, the district would have had the authority to put a 1-cent sales tax proposal before qualified voters within the district...
Illinois pastor's molestation trial delayed (11/30/11)
JONESBORO, ILL. -- A Southern Illinois judge has delayed the molestation trial of a former pastor who once guided fundraising efforts to restore the Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, Ill. Rev. Bill Vandergraph, 73, is accused of sexual assaulting a child younger than 13. He was arrested in June 2010 on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a 4-year-old between January and April of last year...
No charges against mother of boys found sleeping outside in Marble Hill (11/30/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Two boys, ages 4 and 2, who were found sleeping in a yard earlier this month were turned over to the custody of one of the boys' father after a hearing Nov. 15 with the Division of Family Services. No charges were filed against the boys' mother, Amanda K. ...
Route Y reduced for bridge improvements (11/30/11)
Route Y will be reduced to one lane between Route Z and County Road 599 for improvements on the Little River bridge on the Stoddard and Scott County line. Work on the bridge will take place from 7 a.m. today to 5 p.m. Thursday. Signs and warning devices will be placed along the road. For more information, call the Missouri Department of Transportation Customer Service Center at 1-888-275-6636...
Scott City VFW post holds officer event (11/30/11)
Scott City VFW Post 6407 will hold an event for post-service officers. Information on VA health benefits and filing for compensation or pension will be available for veterans, spouses, widows and dependents. This event is open to all veterans. A copy of the veteran's DD214 or separation papers is important for processing enrollment or claims and should be brought to the event. ...
Two teens get probation in Poplar Bluff church arson (11/30/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Two Poplar Bluff teenagers recently were placed on probation after pleading guilty to throwing Molotov cocktails into a local church, then setting the church on fire when the devices didn't work. Robert Benjamin Rushin, 19, of the 700 block of County Road 456, and Zachary Edward Surque, 19, of the 100 block of County Road 4703, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree arson...
Stoddard County elected officials to get cost-of-living pay increase (11/30/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stoddard County Salary Commission voted 7-2 to grant a cost-of-living increase to elected officials beginning Jan. 1. The action came at its meeting Monday. The commission is made up of all county elected officials. County Recorder Kay Asbell made the motion to not increase the base pay for elected officials, but rather authorize the commission to give a cost of living increase to officials not to exceed the amount given to county employees. ...
Montee children arrested in altercation (11/30/11)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The children of Missouri lieutenant governor candidate Susan Montee became caught up in a melee outside a St. Joseph bar. The St. Joseph News-Press reported that Montee's two sons and one daughter became separated early Friday while celebrating a friend's birthday. ...
Greece gets $10.7 billion, but rescue plan stalls (11/30/11)
BRUSSELS -- Eurozone ministers sent Greece a $10.7 billion Christmas rescue package Tuesday to stem an immediate cash crisis yet failed to resolve fears that the common euro currency might be doomed. Stock markets around the world rose earlier in the day, hoping that intense pressure from the bond markets would finally force the 17-nation eurozone into quicker and more robust action...
After raising taxes, Illinois now considers easing them (11/30/11)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- What a state takes away, it also can give back. Less than a year after raising personal and corporate income taxes, Illinois officials are now considering a $250 million package of tax breaks for several prominent businesses threatening to leave the state, including Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. To make the measure more palatable, individual taxpayers also would get a dollop of relief...
American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection (11/30/11)
DALLAS -- The parent company of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, seeking relief from crushing debt caused by high fuel prices and expensive labor contracts that its competitors shed years ago. The company also replaced its CEO, and the incoming leader said American would probably cut its flight schedule "modestly" while it reorganizes. He did not give specifics. American said its frequent-flier program would be unaffected...
Cain tells aides he is reassessing his campaign (11/30/11)
ATLANTA -- Embattled presidential candidate Herman Cain told aides Tuesday that he's reassessing his campaign a day after an Atlanta businesswoman alleged a 13-year extramarital affair with the Republican. Cain has denied the affair as well as several other accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior that have dogged his candidacy over the past month. ...
DNA test shows construction worker was a Gacy victim (11/30/11)
CHICAGO -- After her older brother disappeared in 1976, Laura O'Leary suspected that the 19-year-old construction worker had probably died at the hands of John Wayne Gacy. But the family was never able to prove it. They got little help from authorities. And they couldn't locate any dental records to compare with the skeletal remains found beneath the serial killer's house...
Today in History (11/30/11)
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2011. There are 31 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens -- better known as Mark Twain -- was born in Florida, Mo. On this date:...
Egypt's military takes credit for election turnout (11/30/11)
CAIRO -- Egypt's military rulers were quick to take credit Tuesday for a strong turnout in the first elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a vote that appeared to be the country's freest and fairest in living memory. The military did not field candidates in the parliamentary vote. ...
Iranian protesters storm British Embassy in Tehran (11/30/11)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Hard-line Iranian protesters stormed British diplomatic compounds Tuesday, hauling down the Union Jack, torching an embassy vehicle and pelting buildings with gasoline bombs in what began as an apparent state-approved show of anger over the latest Western sanctions to punish Tehran for defiance over its nuclear program...
China prepares to enter vaccine market (11/30/11)
BEIJING -- The world should get ready for a new Made in China product -- vaccines. China's vaccine makers are gearing up over the next few years to push exports in a move that should lower costs of lifesaving immunizations for the world's poor and provide major new competition for the big Western pharmaceutical companies...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Oran's Seth Ressel (11/30/11)
Oran's Seth Ressel quickly made the adjustment to the varsity level. The sophomore scored 14 points in the first quarter of the Eagles' 75-49 win against Richland to open the season Monday. "He works hard. He stays in the gym a lot," Oran coach Joe Shoemaker said...
High school roundup: Meadow Heights girls rout Fredericktown 70-15 (11/30/11)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team notches first win (11/30/11)
Allyson Bradshaw saw it coming, Jane Morrill's outstretched paw closing quickly. Bradshaw went up for a 3-pointer from the corner before Morrill, her former Notre Dame Regional High School teammate, could get there. "Oh yeah, I saw her long arms," Bradshaw said about Morrill. "It felt really good, a lot better than her stuffing it back in my face."...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team has more problems with Arkansas State (11/30/11)
The Southeast men fell 79-63, dropping Nutt to 0-3 against his former school
Blues continue to flourish, win 2-1 (11/30/11)
WASHINGTON -- If Dale Hunter needs a role model as a new coach trying to make the Washington Capitals play better defense and with more confidence, all he has to do is study Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues. Hunter's NHL coaching debut was spoiled Tuesday night by the stingiest defense in the league. Hitchcock's Blues were a shutdown machine once again, limiting Alex Ovechkin to one shot on goal in a 2-1 victory...
Winter-prepared containers can extend lives of plants (11/30/11)
Perennials and containers make a great gardening combination, but they will quickly go to pot if overlooked in the winter. Plant roots are vulnerable to freezing in containers, where the soil hardens more than it would in the ground. Stems and branches -- particularly those on small trees and shrubs -- need protection from the deep chill as well as from snow and icy buildups. Containers should be cared for to prevent splintering and crumbling...
Receipes from leftover turkey (11/30/11)
Thanksgiving is over and many of you have put leftover turkey in the freezer. I know one person who puts the turkey carcass in the freezer for a couple of weeks, then pulls it out to make stock and soup for a later meal. For those of you who have frozen your leftovers I have a couple of recipes today that will help you in using those up. It is fun to be creative and see how we can use food items in many ways. I hope you enjoy these and come up with a few of your own...
Jackson's doctor to serve about two years (11/30/11)
LOS ANGELES -- The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars Tuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical profession."...
Betty Green (11/30/11)
Betty R. Green, 77, of Jackson, formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Charlene Sandage (11/30/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Charlene "Chicken" Sandage, 77, of Cairo died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. John Agbasiere officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens at Villa Ridge, Ill...
Mark Rolwing (11/30/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mark F. Rolwing, 82, of Charleston died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 22, 1929, to Otto Joseph and Ethel Newcum Rolwing. He lived in Charleston his entire life where he was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus...
Carol Edmison (11/30/11)
CHATHAM, Ill. -- Carol Ann "Cookie" Kenyon Edmison, 70, of Chatham, formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Ill. She retired Dec. 23, 2010, from Walmart in Springfield. She was born Sept. 29, 1941, in Detroit, daughter of Frank "Pete" and Edna Kenyon. She had two siblings, Debbie and Donald...
Ora Friese (11/30/11)
OAK RIDGE, Mo. -- Ora O. Friese, 71, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at his home in Oak Ridge. He was born Nov. 11, 1940, in Sedgewickville, Mo., to Albert and Dona Hobeck Friese. Friese was a lifelong farmer in the Sedgewickville community, and also served the area as a volunteer fireman. He attended Sedgewickville Lutheran Church...
Rev. John Reimold (11/30/11)
The Rev. John I. Reimold, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Feb. 22, 1931, in Detroit, Mich., to Carl J. and Alma Zabel Reimold. He and Margie Grossheider were married June 10, 1953, in Gordonville...
Muriel Reeves (11/30/11)
PULASKI, Ill. -- Muriel Janet "Mermie" Palmer Reeves, 92, of Pulaski passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born June 28, 1919, in Mounds, Ill., daughter of Roy and Ethel Helman Palmer. Mermie was a member of Pulaski Christian Church where she had served as a deaconess, member of Ladies Aid, member of Friendly Bible Sunday school class, member of Ladies Auxiliary of Cairo VFW Post 2649, a former member of Pulaski Homemakers Extension, and attended Senior Citizens Smiles I Center in Mounds for many years.. ...
Amy Gregory (11/30/11)
Amy Nocole Gregory, 31, of Jackson died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at her home. She was born March 13, 1980, in Cape Girardeau, to Glen Russell and Gloria Ann Fisk Gregory. Amy graduated from Jackson High School. She had worked as a cashier at Ozora Truck Stop in Ozora, Mo...
Births 11/30/11 (11/30/11)
Daughter to Ryan Thomas Plambeck and Catherine Michelle Concho of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 11:13 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Name, Arianna Marie. Weight, 2 pounds, 12 ounces. Ms. Concho is the daughter of Michelle Concho and Lawrence Concho of Cape Girardeau. Plambeck is the son of Carol and Steve Maldonado of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Gilster-Mary Lee...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/30/11 (11/30/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Theft Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 11/30/11 (11/30/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Jackson police and fire report 11/30/11 (11/30/11)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Burglary Theft Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 11/30/11 (11/30/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Representatives from two Bollinger County Methodist churches voted to merge into a new congregational body, adopting a new name and a new identity; the churches involved are Lutesville Methodist, founded in 1883, and Marble Hill Methodist, founded in 1918...
Election-year grandstanding (11/30/11)
With the imminent failure of the Congressional supercommittee, it should trigger the automatic spending cuts in the Department of Defense and the Medicare program. These two spending giants were targeted because that's where a huge chunk of the federal spending is aimed...
Toybox, elderly (11/30/11)
Cape Girardeau was buzzing this past weekend. Shoppers waited in lines early Friday morning for retailers to open their doors. After all, gift giving during the Christmas season is a favorite tradition for many. Unfortunately, some in our community have a hard time makings ends meet, let alone having the means to buy Christmas presents. For these individuals, local organizations such as Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly are a godsend...
Speak Out 11/30/11 (11/30/11)
I'VE seen the homeless in Cape Girardeau, and the Salvation Army can't support all of them. However, I have a suggestion if Cape Girardeau's homeless support systems are unable to shelter them. Maybe the next best thing is to help keep them warm. I've seen outdoor clothing, the clothing that deer hunters and mechanics wear to endure the outdoor weather. ...
Prayer 11/30/11 (11/30/11)
O God, may we care for the flock that you have entrusted us with. Amen.
Alma Schrader recognized for 2nd national award (11/30/11)
The Cape Girardeau Public School Board, during its November monthly meeting, recognized Alma Schrader Elementary School staff and students for their second national award from Character Education Partnership. This year's award was for the school's anti-bullying program. ...
Holiday Cheers; A Gift for Years! (11/30/11)
As the holiday season rolls around, many people are buying gifts for family, friends and loved ones. Children everywhere look forward to receiving gifts. This holiday season, CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Missouri, Inc.), asks that you donate the most precious gift to an abused or neglected child: a voice...
Relfections of the Castle (11/30/11)
Cinderella's Castle reflected in the moat at Disneyland.
Cinderella's Castle (11/30/11)
Photo of Cinderella's Castle in Disneyland. Clear day with bright sun and a little help from the digital camera's software.
Oran R-3 Celebrates American Education Week (11/30/11)
Oran R-3 school district recently celebrated American Education Week with an assembly honoring teachers and students that scored exceptionally well on the 2011 MAP or EOC exam. Oran was one of only a few area schools that met the 2011 AYP target set by the State Department of Education. Guest speaker for the assembly was 2003 Oran graduate, Dr. Ryne Wood. Ryne is currently working with Leet Eye Care in Cape Girardeau...
Madison's "Scary Face" (11/30/11)
My 2 year old daughter Madison shows off her "scary face" for the family!!
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