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Stories from Friday, December 9, 2011

Erasing history: When it comes to old buildings, preservation commission has limited power (12/09/11)
The Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission was created in 1990 with a special purpose -- to monitor, encourage and protect buildings of special historic, aesthetic or architectural significance.
Blanchard prepares to start in new location (12/09/11)
Staff of Blanchard Elementary are readying classrooms at Lynwood Baptist Church today so students can return to classes Friday. Superintendent Dr. Jim Welker said teachers prepared lists of items they need from their classrooms and the items were then being cleaned as needed by ServiceMaster, the company hired to clean the Blanchard Elementary School building after Tuesday night's fire, and moved by another company over to the church...
Poplar Bluff man to still run for Senate (12/09/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Conservative Republican Doug Libla on Thursday confirmed his intention to seek his party's nomination for the Missouri State Senate in the newly drawn 33rd District. Libla, co-owner of Poplar Bluff-based Mid Continent Nail Corp., has extensive business experience. Mid Continent Nail, which has been in business since 1987, has more than 300 employees...
Authorities think Bollinger County fire may be suspicious (12/09/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Monday night fire in Bollinger County appears suspicious, but officials are having a tough time deciphering what happened because the blaze was so destructive. Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, firefighters responded to a fire at a vacant home on Highway 34 less than a mile west of Route U near Marble Hill. ...
Number of house fires in area rises as temperature drops (12/09/11)
Five people were left looking for answers after a Thursday morning fire destroyed their home, but the family may not be the only one left out in the cold because of fire this winter. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a fire at 617 N. Spanish St. ...
Bollinger County authorities awaiting autopsy results in pit bull case (12/09/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Officials in Bollinger County are still waiting on autopsy results to pursue charges against a suspect who allegedly dragged and burned a pit bull in October.
$10,000 in stolen property recovered in Sikeston (12/09/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A joint investigation by local and out-of-state law enforcement officials has resulted in the recovery of over 300 stolen items valued at $10,000. On Dec. 1 Sikeston Department of Public Safety detectives met with Det. Brandon Matlock of the Tipton County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office, who was investigating a week-old burglary in his jurisdiction, according to Lt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for Sikeston DPS...
Cape County Commission starts 2012 budget process (12/09/11)
Review of the proposed 2012 budget began during Thursday's Cape Girardeau County Commission meeting.
Two injured in Sikeston stabbing (12/09/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A stabbing early Thursday at a Sikeston bar injured at least two people. About 1:20 a.m. the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call in reference to a disturbance with a weapon at Cheers Bar and Grill, located at 1212 Linn St., according to a news release from police spokesman Lt. Jim McMillen. Police were told one subject was armed with a knife and fighting staff members...
Highway 72 in Bollinger County reduced for shoulder work (12/09/11)
SIKESTON Mo. -- Highway 72 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane beginning today and continuing through Dec. 16, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs. This section of road is from Route K to County Road 226...
Holidays alter Jackson trash schedule (12/09/11)
The Jackson Sanitation Department will not collect trash Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. Garbage that would normally be collected Dec. 26 will instead be collected Dec. 27. Garbage that would be collected Jan. 2 will be collected Jan. 3. Additionally, the Recycling Center will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 31...
Southbound I-55 in Ste. Gen County reduced for pavement work (12/09/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southbound Interstate 55 from the Jefferson County line to Highway 32 in Ste. Genevieve County will be reduced to one lane today with a 15-foot width restriction while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Signs will mark the work zone, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Highway 91 in Stoddard County reduced for shoulder repairs (12/09/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 91 in Stoddard County from Route P to the Scott County line will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make shoulder repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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...
New gate for Discovery Playhouse presented (12/09/11)
Members from the Youth Education Learning and Literacy Foundation gather at Discovery Playhouse in Cape Girardeau on Thursday to present a welcome gate in memory of Kim McDowell, founder of the YELL Foundation. From left are Kim Mothershead, Carolyn Bock, Karie Hollerbach, Wendy Rust, Terry McDowell, Joy Gilbert, Vickie Howard, Mary Pensel, Julia Jorgensen and Rita Fisher...
Cape police offering free bicycle registration (12/09/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department is now offering free bicycle registration. Registration will allow lost or stolen bicycles to be identified and returned to their owners. The owner's information will be entered into a database and a registration sticker with an identifying number will be placed on the bicycle...
Minivan catches fire in morning Cape Girardeau car accident (12/09/11)
A minivan caught fire after it struck another van on Kingshighway Thursday morning. Around 7:30 a.m., a minivan traveling north on Kingshighway rear-ended another van and caught fire just south of Food Giant, Cape Girardeau Police spokesman Darin Hickey said. The accident caused some traffic backups during the morning rush to work...
New sign installed at Cape River Heritage Museum (12/09/11)
Adam Howell and Moses Dickey with the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department attach the top of the new Cape River Heritage Museum sign Thursday morning in Cape Girardeau. Canedy Sign & Graphics donated the bottom part of the sign, and John Pruitt designed the top part. Museum director Viney Mosley said, "It has taken a lot of work from a lot of people" to get the sign installed...
Romaine lettuce blamed for E. coli outbreak (12/09/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that romaine lettuce from a single farm is likely to blame for an E. coli outbreak in Missouri and nine other states. Sixty people became sick in the outbreak that began in October and ended in November. ...
Missouri panel wants performance funding for colleges (12/09/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri task force is recommending that funding for state colleges and universities should be based partly on performance criteria such as graduation rates. The proposal being presented Thursday to the state Coordinating Board for Higher Education suggests that Missouri start using a performance-based model in the 2014 fiscal year to determine funding increases beyond the institutions' core budgets...
European Union weighs greater unity to save euro (12/09/11)
BRUSSELS -- European leaders are wrestling over how much of their sovereignty they are willing to give up in a desperate attempt to save the ambitious project of continental unity that grew from the ashes of World War II. At stake at the summit in Brussels, which began Thursday evening, is not only the future of the euro, but also the stability of the global financial system and the balance of power in Europe...
Police: Shooter kills Va. Tech officer, self (12/09/11)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- A gunman killed a Virginia Tech police officer Thursday at a campus parking lot and then apparently shot himself to death nearby in an attack that shook the school nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.
Obama, GOP skirmish on payroll tax cut (12/09/11)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama vowed to delay Congress' year-end vacation as well as his own Thursday for "as long as it takes" to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts and long-term jobless benefits, his second challenge in as many days to conservative Republicans...
Study: More drivers texting at the wheel (12/09/11)
WASHINGTON -- Texting while driving increased 50 percent last year despite a rush by states to ban the practice, federal safety officials said Thursday. Two out of 10 drivers say they've sent messages from behind the wheel -- and that spikes much higher among young adults...
Exxon Mobil predicts surge in hybrid vehicles by 2040 (12/09/11)
NEW YORK -- Exxon Mobil Corp. expects to see more and more hybrids on the world's roads, with gas-sipping models like the Toyota Prius making up half of all vehicles by 2040. The largest publicly traded oil and gas company on Thursday released its annual energy outlook. ...
Occupy protesters pledge port shutdown despite union rejection (12/09/11)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Occupy Wall Street protesters want to shut down ports up and down the West Coast on Monday in a bid to gum up the engines of global commerce. But organizers who are partly billing this effort as a show of solidarity with longshoremen have not won the support of the powerful union representing thousands of dock workers...
Ala. GOP lawmakers have 2nd thoughts on immigration (12/09/11)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama Republicans who pushed through the nation's toughest law against illegal immigrants are having second thoughts amid a backlash from big business, fueled by the embarrassing traffic stops of two foreign employees tied to the state's prized Honda and Mercedes plants...
Today in History (12/09/11)
Today is Friday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2011. There are 22 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 9, 1911, an explosion inside the Cross Mountain coal mine near Briceville, Tenn., killed 84 workers. (Five were rescued.)...
Afghan mountain pass shows handover struggle (12/09/11)
GULRUDDIN OUTPOST, Afghanistan -- U.S. forces scored a strategic victory against the Taliban four months ago when they seized a mountain pass that had enabled suicide bombers to make their way from Pakistan to the Afghan capital, Kabul. But as American troops draw down in the war, it will fall on Afghan soldiers and police to hold this dirt road in eastern Afghanistan's Taba Kakar mountains. So far, the signs are not encouraging...
High school roundup: Central wrestlers pin rare loss on Ste. Genevieve (12/09/11)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Notre Dame boys basketball team falls to top-seeded Sikeston (12/09/11)
Sikeston went on a 24-4 burst during the third quarter on its way to a semifinal win in the SEMO Conference tournament
Charleston overtakes Central boys basketball team in SEMO Conference semis (12/09/11)
The Bluejays overcame an eight-point lead and beat Central 59-50 in the semifinals
Notre Dame girls basketball team rides hot start past Perryville 58-23 (12/09/11)
The Notre Dame girls basketball team defeated Perryville 58-23 on Thursday.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team looks for first road victory (12/09/11)
The Redhawks have recorded both their wins at the Show Me Center
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will try to maintain perfect home record (12/09/11)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team has struggled on the road so far this season, losing all five of its games away from Cape Girardeau. But the Redhawks (4-5) have been unbeatable at home, a trend they hope continues Saturday when Missouri-Kansas City (5-5) comes to town for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Fans are encouraged to wear white on Whiteout Night at the Show Me Center...
Cardinals great Albert Pujols signs 10-year free agent deal with Angels (12/09/11)
DALLAS -- Albert Pujols could have been a wealthy Cardinal for life, planning for the day his statue would be erected outside Busch Stadium next to those of Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and the other St. Louis greats. Instead, exactly six weeks after leading the Cardinals to a second title in one of the most thrilling World Series ever, he decided to accept the second-highest contract in baseball history for a new future in southern California with the Los Angeles Angels...
Pujols flees, but St. Louis still has a statue (12/09/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Hopeful fans took it as a sign Albert Pujols was staying put when a 10-foot statue was unveiled outside his restaurant in suburban St. Louis last month. Turns out it wasn't. Pujols chose to sign a huge contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. His decision, though, was less of a stunner than manager Tony La Russa's announcement that he was retiring right after the Cardinals won the World Series. La Russa, everyone thought, was a baseball lifer...
Southeast Missourian cookie contest judges (12/09/11)
Susan McClanahan writes the Southeast Missourian's weekly Recipe Swap column. She has been a cookie contest judge for at least five years and always looks forward to looking at the new recipes and, of course, tasting the entries. As for her favorite cookie, "I have two kinds -- round and square," she said...
Coming full circle in the age of electronic gadgets (12/09/11)
A while back I gave up my so-called smartphone. Yes, it was smarter than I was by a long shot. But it wasn't smart enough to think on its own. That smarty-pants phone used up way too much of my brain power. So I got rid of it. As I've told you before, my current cellphone only makes phone calls. No texting, friending or tweeting. It makes decent phone calls. That's what a phone should do...
Local musicians providing experience similar to Trans-Siberian Orchestra (12/09/11)
The name Trans-Siberian Orchestra may evoke feelings of Christmastime for some, while for others it might bring about thoughts of elaborate light shows and intricate music. This year, some local musicians hope to bring about similar feelings of holiday cheer as they bring their own version of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's music to the area...
'Sister's Christmas Catechism' brings more nun-sense to River Campus on Sunday (12/09/11)
Actress Kimberly Richards, whose one-woman comedy "Late Nite Catechism" delighted the audience at the River Campus in November 2010 and January 2008, returns to the Cape Girardeau stage Sunday evening to reprise the role of "Sister" in a holiday-themed version of the play...
Best bet: Mountain Sprout (12/09/11)
The Big Idea will play at Buckner Brewing Co. tonight, along with travelin' band Mountain Sprout. The Big Idea will open it up with its familiar originals, then Mountain Sprout will introduce its energetic rockabilly roots music with Grayson VanSickle on banjo and vocals, Adam Waggs on guitar, Daniel Redmond on stand-up bass and Blayne Thiebaud on fiddle. ...
ARTifacts 12/9/11 (12/09/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A free Christmas concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Charleston. Musicians will be Terry A. Parker, organ; Sallie B. Goodin, piano; Lydia Eddy Holton, cello, and the Sam C. and Jane Goodin Memorial Handbell Choir. Vocalists will be Mary Katherine Branum, soprano, and Kerry Davis, baritone. Special guest soloist will be Anne Bird Moore-Meyer, daughter of Joseph H. and Martha Pierceall Moore...
Christmas is here (12/09/11)
Christmas is in the air. It's also in the ink. I didn't realize it when assigning stories for this week's entertainment section, but when I see it all laid out on paper, I noticed a distinct holiday lean. Can you blame us? It is the most wonderful time of year, right?...
Pops concert will have big name stars (12/09/11)
The Heartland Pops Chorus performs several concerts each year, but its annual Christmas show, held this year at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School, is its biggest. Jerry Ganiel, founder and director of the group for the past 10 years, is looking forward to a special afternoon Sunday...
James Dover (12/09/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James Dover, 57, formerly of Chaffee, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Bertrand Retirement Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Union Park Cemetery. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements...
Charlene Powles (12/09/11)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Charlene "Toots" Powles, 78, of Tamms died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 27, 1933, in Chicago, daughter of Taft and Zethel Vick Cox. She and Donald Hunter were married Oct. 25, 1952. He preceded her in death Aug. 18, 1981. She and Howard Powles were married July 4, 1985...
Ruby Smith (12/09/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ruby Willene Howard Smith, 84, of Advance passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born June 30, 1927, at Bernie, Mo., daughter of David Oakle and Lila Pritchett Swift. Ruby worked at Inland Shoe Factory 15 years. She then owned and operated Ruby Howard's Grocery Store almost 30 years...
Troy Carmona (12/09/11)
Troy Mychal Carmona, 22, of Jackson died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, in Jackson. He was born Sept. 1, 1989, in Cape Girardeau, to Jody A. Jones and Leslie A. Carmona. Troy was employed at Texas Roadhouse and attended Southeast Missouri State University. He was a member of Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist basketball team. He had plans to later join the U.S. Navy...
Edward Speakman (12/09/11)
Edward D. Speakman, 65, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 3, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, to Henry Curtis and Della Estelle Waddle Speakman. He and Sherry Sue Ernst were married Sept. 28, 1968, in Sikeston...
Carlene Kasten (12/09/11)
Carlene Kasten, 94, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at the home of her son. She was born Aug. 18, 1917, in Jackson, to August and Minnie Peetz Hoffmeister. She and Ralph Kasten were married Aug. 3, 1946. He died Dec. 4, 2005. Carlene was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church and Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 Auxiliary. She was a former member of Eastern Star. She worked at the former Jackson Hosiery Mill and Bob's Donuts in Jackson...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/9/11 (12/09/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/9/11 (12/09/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson fire report 12/9/11 (12/09/11)
*** Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: * Emergency medical service on East Jackson Boulevard. * Emergency medical service on East Jackson Boulevard.
Out of the past 12/9/11 (12/09/11)
A waste-disposal company's proposed transfer station was buried last night by the city council, which turned down a permit for such a facility; Allen Waste Management of Carterville, Ill., owes the city $93,420 in landfill fees in connection with the dumping of trash at the Cape Girardeau landfill...
Weekend events (12/09/11)
It's a busy weekend for Christmas activities and other events in Southeast Missouri. In between trimming the tree and wrapping presents, consider attending one or more of the fun activities taking place over the next few days. Here are a few events:...
The truth hurts (12/09/11)
Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels once espoused a philosophy that if you told a lie long enough and enough times, the public will eventually believe it. If the president's administration now tells the citizenry that the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.6 percent, and that the private sector has created so many thousands of new jobs, then it is indeed a bright spot in a gloomy economy. Unfortunately, it ignores several realities. After all, never let the truth interfere with a good story...
Speak Out 12/9/11 (12/09/11)
THANKSGIVING Day became an official federal holiday in 1863. Most presidents since then gave a speech thanking God on that day. Before 1863, every state decided which day to celebrate. WE need to do something about global warming. I have a message for all the smokers out there. ...
Prayer 12/9/11 (12/09/11)
Your love, O Lord, is a priceless gift we are eternally grateful for. Amen.
Target's generosity brings cheer to Franiklin Elem (12/09/11)
Deborah McCann, first-grade teacher at Cape Girardeau's Franklin Elementary School pictured at right in the photo above, was thrilled watching her students putting on their new hats and gloves provided by the Cape Target store recently. "Target is so generous," she said. ...
Geraldine Johanningmeier 103 rd. Birthday (12/09/11)
Geraldine Johanningmeier celebrated her 103 rd birthday Thursday at the Chateau Girardeau, where she is a resident.Gerry was born Dec. 8,1908 at Whitewater, Mo. She was greeted with many friends, and family members. Geraldine is still very active, and can certainly carry a good conversation with anyone young or old. ...
Christmas Happenings at Maple UMC (12/09/11)
Maple United Methodist Church congregation invites the Cape Girardeau community and surrounding areas to a Sunday for Celebrating Christmas. The church encourages everyone to "take time out from the hustle and bustle of shopping and baking to relax and share Christmas in an old fashioned way, Sunday, December 11."...
Tracker welcomes the kids from Blanchard (12/09/11)
Tracker helped welcome the kids from Blanchard school this morning at Lynnwood Baptist Church.
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