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Stories from Friday, December 2, 2011

Redistricting creates open Senate seat, shifts House boundaries (12/02/11)
The map of redrawn Missouri House and Senate districts has upended area campaign plans with the creation of an open Senate seat and caused uncertainty in other House races with major boundary shifts. Area legislators and political candidates were still trying to make sense Thursday of the statewide map that was released earlier this week by a panel of Missouri appeals court judges based on the 2010 census and will take effect with the 2012 elections...
Home tour sign removal sparks Cape ordinance debate (12/02/11)
Melody Anderson returned from her Thanksgiving trip to Kentucky on Saturday and noticed it at once -- the signs were gone. With less than a week until the Lutheran Family and Children's Services holiday home tour, the 15 or so 2-by-2-foot signs she had put up around town to promote the fundraiser had been removed without warning...
Sales at Cape, Jackson thrift stores surging this year (12/02/11)
Alice McCline is on a mission. She's looking for a chest of drawers, a coffee table and lamps for her new apartment -- without spending much money. "I've found some gorgeous bargains in here," McCline said about the Cape Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Cape Girardeau. She waited outside for nearly half an hour along with 30 others Thursday to be first to get inside to see this week's new merchandise...
Federal prosecutor disputes recommended federal sentence for Clay Waller (12/02/11)
An initial presentence report on Clay Waller's federal conviction suggests he spends six to 10 months in a penitentiary for threatening his sister-in-law on an online message board, but the prosecution argues his sentence range should be higher.
Area schools' graduation rates drop under new system of calculation (12/02/11)
Graduation rates at school districts around Southeast Missouri have taken a dip under a new system of calculating the numbers, including in Cape Girardeau, where the new method puts the rate down almost 10 points to under 70 percent. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2010-2011 report card on its website Thursday, which contains the new graduation rates for the state, districts and schools. ...
Saturday fundraiser in Benton banks on variety (12/02/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- For the past 12 years, the annual Winter Wonderland of Treasures Sale in Benton has promoted its variety of handmade crafts. And there's a good reason for that, according to event organizer Judy Scherer. "When people come to a craft show, they want to see crafts," Scherer said, adding she limits the number of direct-sales booths to three to five of the total 55 vendors...
KFVS names new general manager, vice president (12/02/11)
Tim Ingram, a longtime television businessman who grew up watching KFVS12, will be the new vice president and general manager of the local station, the company has announced.
Isle of Capri cites flooding for loss in second quarter (12/02/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. reported a larger loss for its fiscal second-quarter than it had a year ago as flooding along the Mississippi River cut customer traffic and boosted marketing costs. The casino operator said Thursday that its net loss amounted to $1.5 million, or 4 cents per share, for the period ended Oct. 23 versus a net loss of $1 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier...
Man accused of grabbing gun during Cape Girardeau argument over gas (12/02/11)
A Jackson man is in custody after he allegedly wielded a gun during a verbal altercation with a woman at a gas station Monday night. The 38-year-old man allegedly engaged in an argument with a woman while he was pumping gas at Kidd's, 1325 Broadway, around 7 p.m. ...
Southeast announces graduation details (12/02/11)
Southeast Missouri State University has announced plans for winter graduation. The university will confer degrees upon 656 students at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Show Me Center. According to a university news release, Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn, retired director of the Army National Guard of the United States and a 1968 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, will deliver the commencement address. ...
Boil-water order for Marble Hill's north side (12/02/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The city of Marble Hill has issued a boil-water order until further notice for the entire north side of Crooked Creek due to a water main break on High Street. Crooked Creek runs through the middle of Marble Hill. The order is the second for the city in less than a month. In early November an order was issued for the city's south side after a water main break...
Tilley endroses Mitt Romney (12/02/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Another prominent Missouri Republican is endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential race. On Thursday, Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley cited Romney's experience and said that he seemed to be the best positioned among the GOP candidates to beat President Barack Obama. Tilley, of Perryville, called it a "no-brainer."...
Highway 51 reduced for pavement repairs (12/02/11)
Highway 51 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane from Highway 34 to County Road 802 for pavement repairs. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will perform the repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. For more information, call the Missouri Department of Transportation's customer service center at 1-888-275-6636...
Area representative files storm shelter tax credit legislation (12/02/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the Missouri Legislature set to reconvene next month for its first general session since the devastating Joplin tornado, one state lawmaker is looking to make it easier for Missourians to protect themselves from future storms.
Scott County Commission approves new aerial photos (12/02/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Low-flying planes and high-resolution cameras will provide a better map for Scott County's geographic information system.
Lobbyists paid for Mo. lawmakers' playoffs tickets (12/02/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers from both major parties had choice seats for the Cardinals' championship run, courtesy of lobbyists for Ameren, AT&T and other companies. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that lobbyists spent about $13,500 taking elected officials and their family members to World Series and playoff games in private suites at Busch Stadium...
Mo. revenue increases 2 percent through November (12/02/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri tax revenues have increased this year but are falling short of what was expected in the state's budget. The state Office of Administration reported Friday that state revenues through November increased 2 percent, to $2.84 billion from $2.78 billion last year. So far, sales tax collections are up 3.4 percent but corporate income taxes are down 10.7 percent...
Grape tomatoes recalled over salmonella concerns (12/02/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis-based produce company is recalling some grape tomatoes that could potentially be contaminated with salmonella. Front Row Produce says it is recalling 10-ounce pint and 10-pound bulk grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen Citrus of Mission, Texas. The recalled produce was distributed to foodservice distributors and retail stores in Missouri and Illinois...
Economy improving; job growth is still weak (12/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- Factories are producing more. Construction is growing. People are buying more cars. The holiday shopping season is off to a strong start. Normally, all that would suggest a bright outlook for the economy. The problem is employers still aren't hiring much, the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains high and Europe's debt crisis poses a grave threat to the future...
Strong winds down trees and power lines in Western states (12/02/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Some of the worst winds in years blasted the West on Thursday, toppling trees and trucks, kicking up blinding dust across highways and bringing hurricane-force gusts of more than 100 mph in the mountains. "It was like being in a hurricane. I thought I was going to blow away," said Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who lives in the Southern California city of Sierra Madre...
Today in History (12/02/11)
Today is Friday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2011. There are 29 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 2, 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would eventually lead Cuba to Communism in a nationally broadcast speech that began around midnight and ended five hours later...
European Central Bank chief hints at more support for euro to help ease debt crisis (12/02/11)
BRUSSELS -- European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi hinted the bank was ready to play a bigger role in the resolution of Europe's debt crisis, but only after the 17 countries that use the euro tether their economies more tightly. Speculation is mounting that EU leaders will align their budgetary policies more closely in order to bring government debt levels under control in the future. ...
U.N.: Syria in a state of civil war (12/02/11)
BEIRUT -- Syria has entered a state of civil war with more than 4,000 people dead and an increasing number of soldiers defecting from the army to take up arms against President Bashar Assad's regime, the U.N.'s top human rights official said Thursday...
Advance boys basketball team dumps Oran to reach Oran tourney title game (12/02/11)
The Advance boys basketball team defeated Oran 68-58 in an Oran tournament semifinal Thursday.
Porter leads Scott County Central boys basketball team past Malden at Oran tourney (12/02/11)
The Scott County Central boys basketball team defeated Malden 88-57 in an Oran Invitational semifinal Thursday.
Leopold capitalizes on Scott City's poor shooting at Woodland boys basketball tournament (12/02/11)
The Leopold boys basketball team defeated Scott City 55-53 in a Woodland tournament semifinal Thursday.
High school roundup: Central boys basketball team reaches final of Potosi tourney (12/02/11)
All the scores from Thursday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team hangs tough on road in loss to Northern Iowa (12/02/11)
Turnovers in the second half doomed the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team's upset bid Thursday night. The Redhawks led host Northern Iowa by a point at halftime, but the Panthers ran away in the second half for the 62-42 victory in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Nutt preaches need for better defensive play from Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team (12/02/11)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt knows the Redhawks must improve defensively to achieve the level of success he thinks the team can attain. The Redhawks' defense has been one of their glaring sore spots so far this year, and it was exemplified Tuesday when host Arkansas State shot 55.1 percent from the field to rout the Redhawks 79-63...
Southeast Missouri State roundup: Redhawks soccer team earns OVC sportsmanship award (12/02/11)
News from around the world of Southeast Missouri State athletics.
Slimmer Moore plays bigger role for Missouri men's basketball team (12/02/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A four-guard attack largely is responsible for No. 13 Missouri's best start since 2006 under new coach Frank Haith. A not-so-big man off the bench has done his part, too. Senior Steve Moore had trouble keeping up with the running game and avoiding foul trouble last season. He lost weight during the offseason, and the 6-foot-9, 267-pounder has become more of a contributor...
Miller's punt return is forgotten in Rams' latest loss (12/02/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Nick Miller could have been a hero. Everyone would have been raving about Miller's electrifying 88-yard return for a score in the first quarter of the Rams' 23-20 loss to Arizona if the St. Louis Rams had been able to make a tackle on Patrick Peterson's NFL record-tying fourth punt return for a touchdown this season...
The Deerslayer Seven (12/02/11)
Sometimes great things just fall out of the sky and right into your lap. Take, for instance, the advice Cape Girardeans will be giving to the Deerslayer Seven, the official committee appointed this week to come up with recommendations for the best way to deal with our fair city's exploding deer population...
Bars make Christmas special for children with annual Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash (12/02/11)
Christmastime brings feelings of charity, and there is one event that is growing every season, helping children receive toys for Christmas. This year, Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash looks to provide even more children with a special Christmas gift. "We have seven locations that we are doing this year with eight bands spread across them," said Ryan Eftink, organizer of the event. "The Rude Dog has always been a sponsor, and continues to be the heart of the event."...
First Friday receptions 12/02/11 (12/02/11)
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTIONS The Artist Studio The studio will be showcasing holiday creations: reconstructed Santas and homemade pepper jellies by Debbie Ebaugh, artisan home-baked breads Tom Jorgensen and mini-framed acrylic paintings and necklaces by Judy Barks-Westrich...
Peanuts gang grows up for Second Stage show (12/02/11)
The Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz -- a line-drawn cartoon about the trials and tribulations of Charlie Brown, his dog Snoopy and the rest of his grade school friends -- entertained young and old alike for nearly 50 years, begining in October 1950. Schulz kept his characters perpetually young, but there are those who've wondered what the gang would have been like as teenagers...
Best bet: River Campus Class Voice Recital (12/02/11)
You can say you knew them when. Southeast Missouri State University students from the voice for musical theater III class will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Shuck Recital Hall. The free recital allows students to put to work skills they've learned through the semester. ...
New book provides glimpse into Michael Jackson's personal life (12/02/11)
NEW YORK -- A personal assistant-turned-personal manager to Michael Jackson said the King of Pop had been taking propofol as early as 1999, and that the singer was drugged up ahead of his 2001 30th anniversary concerts. Frank Cascio, who became a family friend to Jackson at age 5 and eventually one of the singer's closest friends and employees, writes in a new book that he first noticed Jackson taking the drug Demerol while accompanying the singer on his "Dangerous" tour in 1993...
Southeast symphony, choral groups unite for Vivaldi's ‘Gloria' (12/02/11)
Three groups will share the stage at the Bedell to peform a Vivaldi classic. The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union and the University Choir share the River Campus stage Tuesday as they unite to perform Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria."...
Gladys Dees (12/02/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Gladys Dees, 89, of Adrian, Mo., formerly of Chaffee, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in Adrian. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Muehlebach Funeral Home in Kansas City, Mo. Burial will be in Staley Mound Cemetery.
Loretta Hamilton (12/02/11)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Loretta Jacqueline Hamilton, 65, of Mounds died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at her home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bible Way Church of God in Christ in Pulaski, Ill. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at the church, with Roy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Garden in Villa Ridge, Ill...
Kenneth Hebrock (12/02/11)
Kenneth L. Hebrock, 61, of Scott City passed away at his home Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Ken was born Jan. 29, 1950, in Philippi, W.Va. He married his beloved wife of 38 years, Tonia Hobbs on July 5, 1973. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fay Calvin and Betty Jean Hebrock; and two brothers, William Clyde and Billy Fay Hebrock...
Gene Johnson (12/02/11)
Gene L. Johnson, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Sept. 3, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, to Elbert and Erma Hobbs Johnson. He and Opal Nelms were married March 7, 1948, in St. Louis. Gene graduated from Central High School in 1943...
Jackie Atkins (12/02/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Jackie Don Atkins, 56, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in the arms of his loving wife at their home in Chaffee. Jack was born May 24, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, to the late Gus Henry and Opal Mae Wiseman Atkins. He was a lifelong resident of Chaffee. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/2/11 (12/02/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Department of Public Safety released the following item. Theft...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/2/11 (12/02/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police and fire report 12/2/11 (12/02/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Out of the past 12/2/11 (12/02/11)
With three commuter airlines now serving the Cape Girardeau area, the municipal airport has become a busy place, with more passenger traffic than was the case only a few months ago when only one airline made stops here; flying out of the local airport are Northwest Airlinks, Trans World Express and Britt Airways...
Christmas downtown (12/02/11)
Downtown Cape Girardeau is a great place to be this time of year. From storefront decorations to wreaths lining the streets, the holiday traditions make for a festive atmosphere. Tonight another Christmas tradition will take place: the Downtown Christmas Open House. ...
Christmas fun (12/02/11)
There is no shortage of special events this time of year. Here's a quick look at a few -- many Christmas-themed -- taking place in the coming days:n Tonight is the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Cape Girardeau. The galleries will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m...
Speak Out 12/2/11 (12/02/11)
WHY can't you take the elderly off the school tax? I can't even buy Christmas for my family, not even the smallest of babies. Many states and cities don't make the elderly pay the high school taxes. It's like you are waiting for Scrooge to come at the end of every year...
Prayer 12/2/11 (12/02/11)
O Lord, give us one pure and holy passion to know and follow hard after you. Amen.
Beacon Health Center Holiday Open House (12/02/11)
The Board Members and staff invite you to attend the Beacon Health Center Holiday Open House on Friday December 9, 2011 at the facility at 6468 Highway 77 in Benton. The opening ceremony will begin at 1:30 pm with building tours and refreshments from 2-4 pm...
Boy Scouts achieve rank of Eagle (12/02/11)
An Eagle Court of Honor was conducted by Boy Scout Troop 224 of Scott City on November 3. Two scouts were honored for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Myron "Trey" Bond Carter III has been in scouting since August of 2000. He is a junior at Scott City High School. ...
Celebrating 105th birthday (12/02/11)
Cora Busby celebrated her 105th birthday on Nov. 19 among many of her family and friends at her home in rural Perry County. She remains in good health and is proud to oversee the maintenance of her own home and direct her own health care. She loves to go shopping and take long rides in the country. ...
Tickets still available for Pops Concert (12/02/11)
Tickets are still available for the Heartland Pops 2011 Christmas Show on Sun. Dec. 11 at 2:00P.M. at Cape Central Junior High School. Featured will be the Immaculate Conception Church Bells of Joy Ringers and Choristers and the Dexter Public Schools Eighth Grade Honor Choir. ...
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