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Stories from Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cape County Commission approves extension for road construction (12/01/11)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners granted a formal extension Thursday to Elmer Buchheit Construction, Inc. for completion of grading on County Road 233 near Whitewater. The original timeline was compromised by rainy weather and unexpected site requirements...
Downtown Cape prepares for Friday's open house (12/01/11)
Old Town Cape is partnering with several downtown Cape Girardeau retailers for the annual Christmas open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. In addition to special store events, Old Town Cape will be offering free horse carriage rides, Christmas caroling, free photos with Santa and free activities for children in Santa's Workshop. Consumers can also be entered in a drawing to win a $1,500 downtown shopping spree...
Buzzi Unicem holds meeting on hazardous waste burning permit (12/01/11)
Buzzi Unicem will invest more than $1.5 million in upgrades to its Cape Girardeau cement plant if changes to its hazardous waste permit are approved. During an informational meeting Wednesday, company representatives along with Missouri Department of Natural Resources and EPA officials answered questions about the company's plans to burn more hazardous waste in the future. About 25 people attended the meeting...
Parents as Teachers educators kept busy by state funding cuts (12/01/11)
A day has only so many hours, but two remaining Parents as Teachers parent educators in the Cape Girardeau School District are doing what they can to serve families of 242 children. "We're very busy, but we are hanging in there," said Stephanie Ellinger, who has worked as a parent educator in the district for 12 years...
More than 100 pounds of pot found during Pemiscot County traffic stop (12/01/11)
A traffic stop in Pemiscot County led to the discovery of large quantities of marijuana and cocaine early Monday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. According to a written report provided by trooper Clark D. Parrott, at 12:02 a.m. Monday a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped a 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck traveling northbound on Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County for a traffic violation...
Prosecutor responds to motion for the dismissal of music festival drug charges (12/01/11)
Federal prosecutors have responded to Jimmy Tebeau's lawyer's motion to dismiss charges against his client of facilitating drug sales, saying that the indictment is sufficient and does not infringe on Tebeau's right of free speech. Tebeau, 44, of St. ...
Study finds TRC construction work at Sikeston feasible (12/01/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Groundwork by officials from Three Rivers College shows construction of an eastern campus at Sikeston is feasible. Next is a funding campaign for the building. Three Rivers president Dr. Devin Stephenson presented the findings from a feasibility study to about three dozen area residents Tuesday...
Joplin business leader speaks at Cape disaster preparedness event (12/01/11)
Joplin, Mo.'s business community is bouncing back after the deadliest and most destructive single tornado to hit in the United States in more than 60 years struck the city in May, according to the head of the city's chamber of commerce. As part of an emergency preparedness seminar attended by about 100 businesses representatives at Cape Girardeau's Drury Lodge on Wednesday, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce president Rob O'Brian shared lessons learned by local businesses there...
Accident causes brief power outage for 5,500 in Cape (12/01/11)
Power was out briefly Wednesday morning for approximately 5,500 Ameren Missouri customers in Cape Girardeau due to a truck hitting a pole containing a switch. Ameren spokesman Mike Cleary said a truck backed into a pole near the intersection of Independence Street and Minnesota Avenue at 8:08 a.m., causing a widespread outage in the center of town and momentary outages elsewhere. Crews repaired the switch and repaired the outage in less than 20 minutes...
Cape Air offering free shuttle service in St. Louis (12/01/11)
Cape Air's St. Louis hub will offer a free interterminal shuttle that drives Cape Air passengers between all terminals at Lambert -- St. Louis International Airport without security rescreening beginning today. Connections to Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and all other airlines will no longer require additional security screenings since passengers will remain within the TSA-secured area at all times...
Emerson Bridge reduced to one lane today for maintenance (12/01/11)
East- and westbound Highway 34/74 will be reduced to one lane in Cape Girardeau for routine maintenance on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Thursday. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will perform the work from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs and motorists are asked to use caution when traveling in the area...
In federal court: Man pleads guilty to firearms charges (12/01/11)
The U.S. attorney's office released the following information Wednesday for defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. PLEADED GUILTY Residence: Perry County Charges: Aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence...
Eastbound LaSalle Avenue under repair (12/01/11)
The eastbound lane of LaSalle Avenue will be under repair and traffic will be rerouted into one of the westbound lanes. Fronabarger Concreters will perform the repairs for the Cape Girardeau Public Works Department. The work will consist of concrete slab repair and replacement, which will take about two weeks to complete...
Eric Church to perform at Show Me Center (12/01/11)
Country artist Eric Church will bring his first headlining tour, "Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour," to the Show Me Center on Jan. 20. Supporting acts will include Brantley Gilbert and The Cadillac Black. Church released his third studio album, "Chief," on July 26. He was awarded the Academy of Country Music New Solo Vocalist of the Year Award in April and received a Country Music Award nomination for New Artist of the Year in November...
Southeast Missouri man killed in Tuesday crash (12/01/11)
BERNIE, Mo. -- A Malden, Mo., man lost his life Tuesday in the first winter-related wreck in Stoddard County this season. Michael D. Jines was struck head-on in his 1996 Dodge Ram as he was traveling south on Highway 25 at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Horses could soon be slaughtered for meat in U.S. (12/01/11)
TULSA, Okla. -- Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.
Judicial panel redraws Mo. legislative districts (12/01/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A panel of Missouri appeals court judges released new boundaries for Missouri House and Senate districts Wednesday based on the 2010 census, saying some "significant changes" were necessary to account for population shifts during the past decade.
Missouri gubernatorial candidate acknowledges DWI (12/01/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has acknowledged a drunken driving violation from several years ago. Spence told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he made a mistake when he attempted to drive home after a night of celebrating with friends in July 2004. He was pulled over by police in the St. Louis suburb of Warson Woods. State records show Spence's driver's license was suspended for three months...
Breeding program gives hope for Ozark hellbender (12/01/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The rare Ozark hellbender, an endangered amphibian found only in a few Missouri and Arkansas counties, has been successfully bred in captivity for the first time, offering new hope for the animal's survival, scientists involved in the breeding effort said Wednesday...
Spence gives $2 million to his Missouri governor campaign (12/01/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican businessman Dave Spence has contributed $2 million to his own campaign for Missouri governor. Online records for the Missouri Ethics Commission show Spence gave the money to his campaign Wednesday. Records also show that Spence received a $100,000 donation Tuesday from St. Louis businessman William Koman and $25,000 from Daniel Creston, an executive at Alpha Packaging...
Sen. McCaskill proposes earmark ban (12/01/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is proposing legislation aimed at congressional earmarks. McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, and Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, on Wednesday introduced legislation that would ban congressionally directed spending items and limit tax or tariff benefits...
GOP: Offsetting cuts must cover payroll tax relief (12/01/11)
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional leaders stressed a willingness Wednesday to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut due to expire Dec. 31, setting up a year-end clash with Democrats over how to pay for a provision at the heart of President Barack Obama's jobs program...
Central banks move to stabilize financial system (12/01/11)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The central banks of the wealthiest countries, trying to prevent a debt crisis in Europe from exploding into a global panic, swept in Wednesday to shore up the world financial system by making it easier for banks to borrow American dollars...
After raids in two cities, Wall Street protesters shift tactics (12/01/11)
NEW YORK -- The overnight police raids in Philadelphia and Los Angeles that dismantled two of the nation's biggest Occupy Wall Street encampments leave just a few major "occupations" still going on around the U.S. But activists are already changing tactics and warning of a winter of discontent, with rallies and marches every week...
Dog steps on gun, shoots hunter (12/01/11)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah bird hunter was shot in the buttocks after his dog stepped on a shotgun laid across the bow of a boat. Box Elder County Sheriff's deputy Kevin Potter said the 46-year-old Brigham City man was duck hunting with a friend when he climbed out of the boat to move decoys...
Today in History (12/01/11)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2011. There are 30 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1941, Japan's Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands after his government rejected U.S. demands contained in the Hull Note, including a call for Japan to withdraw all of its forces from China and French Indochina...
Secretary of state tests reforms on Myanmar visit (12/01/11)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar -- Looking to cement a foreign-policy success and prod reform in one of the world's most isolated and authoritarian nations, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she was hopeful that "flickers of progress" would burst into flames of reform in Myanmar...
Britain orders Iran diplomats to leave (12/01/11)
LONDON -- Britain ordered Iran on Wednesday to remove all its diplomats from the U.K. within 48 hours following attacks on its embassy and a residential compound in Tehran -- one of the most significant diplomatic retaliations against Iran since the 1979 U.S. Embassy crisis...
Caruthersville's Fonda captures Carr Trophy (12/01/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Elbie Fonda set high goals for the 2011 football season. The Caruthersville senior wanted to run for 3,000 yards and lead his team to a state championship. For a shot at one, however, he had to sacrifice the other. "We believed he could do it, but as things progressed, we wanted to take care of his body because we were hoping for 15 games," Caruthersville coach Nathan Morgan said. "He understood that and did exactly what was needed without question."...
High school roundup: Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team dumps St. Vincent 69-46 (12/01/11)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team gets little time to savor first victory (12/01/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball boarded a bus early Wednesday for the 450-mile trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where the Redhawks (1-6) will face defending Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament champion Northern Iowa (4-1) at 7 p.m. today.
Area digest 12/1/11 (12/01/11)
Kevin McNabb won the 1-mile Toybox run, which was renamed Kim's Toybox Mile after race founder Kim McDowell. McNabb finished the mile in 4 minutes, 16 seconds. Samantha Thierry was the top female finisher, crossing the line in 6:02. Results -- Kevin McNabb 4:16; Billy Leighton 4:36; Matt Phau 4:47; Roy Leighton 4:49; Ross Tilghman 5:05; Mark Hahn 5:08; Peter Simpson 5:10; Riley Duncan 5:12; Alex Ramsey 5:14; Art Waddle 5:40; Thad Lake 6:02; Samantha Thierry 6:08; Sean Bard 6:28; Travis Johnson 6:46; Nathan Phelps 6:59; Joe Windeknecht 6:59; Greg Martin 7:26; Hannah Glueck 7:47; Tara Calkins 7:47; Jessica Rosati 7:51; Taylor Vaughn 7:57; Todd Roth 7:58; Ron Rosati 7:58; Matt Anders 7:58; John Dennis 8:00; Crystal Richey 8:25; Maxwell Richey 8:26; Kelsey McCrite 8:33; Danny McCrite 8:33; Evan Stephens 8:36; Jason Stephens 8:36; Kristie Milam 8:40; Garrett Richey 8:42; Wyatt Gerard 8:49; Shelly Gerard 8:50; Linda Robert 8:52; Maddison Phelps 9:18; Rodney Phelps 9:19; Mason Lewis 9:31; Adrian Fox 9:40; Rose Fox 9:40; Lenny Martin 10:11; Laura Dee 10:52; Jennifer Berck 10:59; Zach Lewis 11:05; Christina Lewis 11:05; Tiff Brey 12:28. ...
Bradford limited in practice by sore left ankle (12/01/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was limited in practice after aggravating a high left ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Bradford probably took half of the snaps in practice Wednesday as a precaution. The quarterback said the ankle was sore but otherwise he felt pretty good considering it's late in the season...
Rams defense worst in NFL vs. the run (12/01/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Steve Spagnuolo's reputation was built on defense, which keeps letting him down. The St. Louis Rams are the NFL's worst against the run by far with five games to go in a lost season. At times they've been spectacularly bad, surrendering two franchise-record rushing days...
Perryville's St. Vincent is fourth overall in competition to fund programs (12/01/11)
Matthew Prost's tuba that he plays for the St. Vincent de Paul High School band has seen better days. It's dented and scratched. But it's had a good run since it was bought by the school in 1937. Prost is hopeful his instrument will be replaced soon...
Make instant snow (12/01/11)
All you need to make your own snow is a polymer you can purchase online called Instant Snow. STEP 1: Place one teaspoon of Instant Snow polymer into the transparent cup. STEP 2: Quickly add two ounces of water to the transparent cup and watch...
Who's Next (12/01/11)
SCHOLARSHIP -- From staff reports...
Black Eyed Peas to join Obama for Christmas tree lighting (12/01/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Black Eyed Peas and Kermit the Frog are joining the lineup of performers who will help light the National Christmas Tree near the White House. Carson Daly will host the lighting ceremony today. Performers will also include Big Time Rush, Ellie Goulding, the band OneRepublic, country star Rodney Atkins and singer Marsha Ambrosius...
Central's Madrigal Feaste returns (12/01/11)
The Madrigal Feaste returns Dec. 9 and 10 in the commons of Cape Girardeau Central High School, bringing with it an opportunity to celebrate the season in the style of "merrie olde England," according to the school's choral department. The Renaissance-themed event brings music, laughs and full stomachs for participants and students. The town crier will announce the beginning of the feaste at 6:45 p.m. each day...
neXt up 12/1/11 (12/01/11)
NEXT WEEK "Mario Kart 7" DS "Just Dance 3" PS3 "The Hangover Part II" R "Cowboys & Aliens" PG-13 "The Help" PG13 Glee Cast, "Glee: The Music 7" Amy Winehouse, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" The Black Keys, "El Camino"...
Mary Myers (12/01/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mary Alma Myers, 99, of Marble Hill passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Woodland Hills Nursing Home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Raymond "Bud" Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery near Marble Hill...
Louise Nanna (12/01/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Louise Nanna, 78, of St. Louis, formerly of Marble Hill, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at her home. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois Road. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the chapel. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery...
Kenneth Hebrock (12/01/11)
Kenneth Lee Hebrock, 61, of Scott City died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Green (12/01/11)
Betty Roxie McLemore Green, 77, of Jackson, formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Betty, daughter of John William and Grace Pearl Vaughn McLemore, was born Oct. 27, 1934, in Chaffee, Mo. She grew up in Chaffee on her family's farm and attended public schools. She married Lloyd Green in Commerce, Mo., and together they had three daughters...
Ruth Heuer (12/01/11)
Ruth Edna Heuer, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born July 8, 1922, in Cape Girardeau, to Arthur L. and Helen Bertling Kelpe. She graduated from College High School in 1940. She and Hilbert L. "Bert" Heuer were married Sept. 22, 1946, in Cape Girardeau. He died Oct. 16, 2008...
Barbara Hochberger (12/01/11)
Barbara Louise Hochberger, 82, of Three Rivers, Mich., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Heartland Health Care Center. She was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Chicago, daughter of Carl and Barbara Kurz Anderson. On June 25, 1949, she was united in marriage to James A. Hochberger in Chicago...
Danny Brack (12/01/11)
WICKLIFFE, Ky. -- Danny Howard Brack, 64, of Wickliffe passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at Western Baptist Hospital. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Wickliffe and Ironworkers Local 782. Survivors include his wife, Doris Ann Barnes Brack of Wickliffe; two daughters, Danielle (Jerry) Summers of Kevil, Ky., Amanda Brack and fiance Jeff Crews of Scott City; a son, Travis Brack and girlfriend Katy Hard of Wickliffe; three grandchildren, Devan, Austin and Marena Summers of Kevil; and a great-grandchild, Aidan Summers of Kevil.. ...
Births 12/1/11 (12/01/11)
Daughter to Ryan Anthony Sanders and Melissa Ann Stroder of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 7:32 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. Name, Bryleigh Grace. Weight, 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Ms. Stroder is the daughter of Dewayne and Elaine Stroder of Leopold, Mo. She is a sales representative with AT&T. Sanders is the son of Rochelle Sanders and Chester Sanders of Malvern, Ark. He is employed in environmental services at Southeast Hospital...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/1/11 (12/01/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson fire report 12/1/11 (12/01/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 12/1/11 (12/01/11)
First it was deer hunting season and now it is rainy weather which is delaying the start of the removal of asbestos insulation from around the rusty boilers of two steam locomotives in Capaha and Arena parks. Cape Girardeau police have taken one youth into custody and are expecting to question more juveniles about a rash of about 40 vandalism incidents reported Friday, Saturday and Sunday; one of the incidents involved a homemade bomb made with fuel in a glass jar that was thrown at a pickup setting it afire.. ...
Business training (12/01/11)
With 2011 coming to an end and a new year just around a corner, one resolution many might have for the new year is to grow their business. Two free training opportunities through the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet and the Cape Girardeau and Jackson area chambers of commerce on how to do this will take place Wednesday...
We cannot police the world (12/01/11)
As your publication has recently reported, the Afghanistan-Iraq wars have been brought closer to home upon the death of Brownwood native James Burnett Jr., 21, of the U.S. Army caused by an improvised explosive device. We all convey our deepest condolences...
Speak Out 12/1/11 (12/01/11)
A senior citizen lady on Bainbridge Road wishes to thank a large group of teenagers from the Jackson school group who raked and bagged all of her leaves from her yard the week before Thanksgiving. May God bless all of you. MAYBE watching violent shows on TV all the time is not good...
Prayer 12/1/11 (12/01/11)
We give thanks to you, O Lord, for you are good and your love endures forever. Amen.
Ride of the Week submission (12/01/11)
Make and model: 1969 Corvette Owner(s): Wally and Sharon Eck Owner's hometown: Jackson, MO Names of people in photo: Wally Eck Special features: 383 stroker engine, 4 speed transmission, Crager SS wheels with red line radials, magnetic red paint...
$1500 Christmas Furniture Giveaway (12/01/11)
its Christmas time and time for giving. From now until dec 24th at 11:00 am sumbit us a letter or youtube video of derserving family who could use $1500 of new furniture from Perryville Discount Furniture! We are looking for a story of whythis family truley deserves new furniture. ...
Eight CHS students selected for All-State Choir (12/01/11)
Eight Cape Central High School students have been selected to participate in the Missouri All-State Choir which will perform at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in January. All-State Choir is the highest honor a high school choral student can achieve. ...
Character Breakfast (12/01/11)
Minnie Mouse and grandkids at Characters Breakfast in Disneyland.
Rafiki (12/01/11)
Rafiki the mandrill from the Lion King at the characters breakfast entertains my grandson in Disneyland.
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