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Stories from Monday, December 12, 2011

Volunteers at Cape center pack 632,000 meals for starving children in Haiti (12/12/11)
About 2,600 volunteers flocked into the Shawnee Park Center on West End Boulevard this weekend to prepare meal packets to feed starving children in Haiti. Their efforts will ensure that more than 1,644 children will get one balanced, nutritious meal a day for the next year.
Jackson's Santa Express train sells out for season (12/12/11)
Jackson's Santa Express was stranded at the station last year, but tickets for rides with St. Nick on the antique tourist train are sold out this Christmas. Harriet Drusch, a volunteer board member with St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway, the not-for-profit group that keeps the train going, said the positive response is greatly needed and appreciated...
Bloomfield Road to reopen to traffic today (12/12/11)
A stretch of Bloomfield Road that has been closed nearly six months for a $1.25 million road-widening project -- one month longer than intended -- is scheduled to reopen to traffic today. The news came as a relief to residents, who have had to deal with time-eating detours since the project began in June...
Sister reclaims laughter in sold-out River Campus show (12/12/11)
Although holiday spirit filled a packed Bedell Performance Hall Sunday night, no one was safe from one devout nun's jabs. For a second straight year, actress Kimberly Richards reprised her role of Sister, a nun who frequently involves the audience in her stern yet hilarious monologues. Richards came to the 550-seat venue last November and performed "Late Night Catechism," which was met with immense laughter and cheer...
Men in fatal accident near Jackson were thrown from vehicle (12/12/11)
The two men in a fatal car accident outside Jackson on Saturday had been thrown from the vehicle as it flipped, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Dennis Blessing, 44, of Jackson died at the scene when his 1998 Chevrolet Camaro ran off Highway 72, became airborne, flipped several times and landed on its top, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's report. ...
Bids rejected for Highway 34 improvements (12/12/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission rejected bids for the contract to improve Highway 34 in Bollinger County during its regular meeting Dec. 7. Bids received for the project were higher than anticipated. The project included grading and optional paving from west of County Road 500 to east of Route ZZ near Marble Hill, Mo., and from west of Route ZZ to east of Highway 51 near Marble Hill. ...
Contract for I-55 work in Ste. Gen County awarded (12/12/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a contract for improvements to Interstate 55 in Ste. Genevieve County. The $21,671,867 contract was awarded to Chester Bross Const. Co./C.B. Equipment Inc. of Hannibal, Mo...
Highway 72 in Bollinger County reduced for shoulder repairs (12/12/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 72 from Route K to County Road 226 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, call MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Pavement repairs set for U.S. 60 in Stoddard County (12/12/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eastbound U.S. 60 from Highway 51 to County Road 485 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today and Tuesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to noon daily. 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...
Analysis: Candidates lacking for some offices in Missouri (12/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan is running for Congress again next year. The St. Louis Democrat assures people of that. But exactly in which district Carnahan will run remains to be determined. The uncertainty surrounding Carnahan's campaign stems from a legal challenge to Missouri's new congressional boundaries enacted in response to the 2010 census. ...
Demolition begins on tornado-torn Joplin schools (12/12/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Demolition has begun on one of several Joplin schools destroyed by the May 22 tornado, bringing a chapter of the city's history to a close. The Joplin Globe reported work started Friday at Irving Elementary School, constructed in 1927, which will be rebuilt on land where St. John's Regional Medical Center sat before the deadly storm destroyed it...
Officials say former Dent County deputy shot ex-wife, boyfriend (12/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former rural Missouri sheriff's deputy is suspected of killing his ex-wife and her new boyfriend before leading officers on a high-speed chase that ended with a shootout at an upscale hotel hosting a Christmas party for hundreds of doctors, nurses and their families, authorities said Sunday...
Plane lands on Mo. road after running out of gas (12/12/11)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An Indiana pilot headed to Springfield for a weekend excursion was forced to make an emergency landing on a Greene County highway when his plane ran out of gas. The Springfield News-Leader reported the pilot signaled the Springfield-Branson National Airport around 2:30 p.m. Saturday that he was trying to land on the highway...
Small St. Charles County town recovers from April tornado (12/12/11)
NEW MELLE, Mo. -- The same Good Friday tornado that slammed into Lambert Airport and damaged hundreds of homes in St. Louis County made its first stop in the St. Charles County town of New Melle. Seven months later, the town is back on its feet...
Missouri woman asks to go to jail to avoid overdose, gets her wish (12/12/11)
LEBANON, Mo. -- A 24-year-old Phillipsburg, Mo., woman who told police she wanted to go to jail before she ended up overdosing on drugs has gotten her wish. Last week, Richelle Denise Vanluven handed police her purse and said she had three syringes loaded with a mixture of methamphetamine, bath salts and opiates...
Today in History (12/12/11)
Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2011. There are 19 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 12, 1911, Britain's King George V, who also held the title Emperor of India, announced during a visit that the Indian capital would be transferred from Calcutta to Delhi...
Passenger advocate sought to handle complaints at U.S. airports (12/12/11)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two New York lawmakers have called for a passenger advocate at airports to immediately act on complaints by passengers over security screenings. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens want the Transportation Security Administration to create the position at all airports...
NRC panel: Nuclear chief damages agency (12/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- Four Nuclear Regulatory commissioners from both parties say they have "grave concerns" about the panel's chairman, charging that the actions of Gregory Jaczko are "causing serious damage" to the commission and creating a "chilled work environment at the NRC."...
U.S. to leave Mexican border crossing to rangers (12/12/11)
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas -- The bloody drug war in Mexico shows no sign of relenting. Neither do calls for tighter border security amid rising fears of spillover violence. This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in sight. ...
Gas drilling surges in Ohio, brings jobs and worries (12/12/11)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After a childhood spent moving around, Patti Gorcheff vowed that she'd never uproot her daughter. But she says wastewater disposal in her area from an oil and gas drilling frenzy that's hit Ohio and other states has forced her to change her mind...
U.S. trade deficit shrinks for fourth straight month (12/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October to its lowest point of the year after Americans bought fewer foreign cars and imported less oil. The shrinking trade gap boosted growth over the summer and may do so again in the final three months of the year. But economists worry the trend could reverse next year, especially if Europe's debt crisis worsens...
Public retirement ages come under greater scrutiny (12/12/11)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After nearly 40 years in public education, Patrick Godwin spends his retirement days running a horse farm east of Sacramento, Calif., with his daughter. His departure from the workaday world is likely to be long and relatively free of financial concerns, after he retired last July at age 59 with a pension paying $174,308 a year for the rest of his life...
State prison panel to release final report (12/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A committee examining Missouri prison and sentencing systems was preparing to release recommendations it estimates could save the state several million dollars and allow a prison housing unit to be closed. The Jefferson City News Tribune reported Saturday that the Missouri Working Group on Sentencing and Corrections planned to release a final report this week. ...
Northeast states cut heating aid to poor (12/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- Deep cuts in federal home heating assistance benefits mean the poor probably can't afford enough heating oil to stay warm. Thousands of poor people across the Northeast are bracing for a difficult winter with substantially less home heating aid coming from the federal government...
Arab uprisings reshape map of U.S. influence (12/12/11)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- About 18 months before the Egyptian uprising that would doom Hosni Mubarak, a U.S. diplomatic cable was sent from Cairo. It described Mubarak as the likely president-for-life and said his regime's ability to intimidate critics and rig elections was as solid as ever...
U.K.'s free health care under threat (12/12/11)
LONDON -- When David Evans needed a hernia operation, the 69-year-old farmer became so alarmed by the long wait that he used an ultrasound machine for pregnant sheep on himself to make sure he wasn't getting worse. It was only after repeated calls from himself, his doctor and his local member of parliament that the hospital performed the surgery, nearly a year after it was first requested. Under government guidelines, he should have started getting treatment within 18 weeks...
Syrian troops clash with army defectors (12/12/11)
BEIRUT -- Syrian troops battled army defectors Sunday in clashes that set several military vehicles ablaze. The fighting and other violence around the nation killed at least eight people, activists said. For the first time, an act of violent protest against President Bashar Assad's regime spilled across the border into Jordan, where about a dozen Syrians attacked their embassy Sunday in the capital, Amman, injuring at least two diplomats and four other consulate employees...
Charleston gets top seed for Christmas tournament (12/12/11)
The Blue Jays will be seeking their record 16th title
Dismal Rams will play Seattle on national TV (12/12/11)
St. Louis battles both injuries and the Seahawks
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team must find consistency (12/12/11)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team has displayed flashes of brilliance and bumbling in fairly equal doses so far this season. That's probably been the most maddening thing for third-year coach Dickey Nutt, who has been frustrated by the Redhawks' inconsistency during their 4-6 start...
Talking shop Stacy Busch-Heisserer, owner of Busch Pet Products (12/12/11)
As the daughter of kennel owners and dog handlers, it's no surprise Stacy Busch-Heisserer ended up in the pet care industry. Her business, Busch Pet Products, got its start strictly with online sales. It has expanded to include both a retail store and self-service dog wash in addition to its website...
Hotshots ‘gourmet bar food' opens Thursday (12/12/11)
Hotshots sports bar and grill will open Thursday at 15 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau in the former Breakaways building. Next week is a soft opening, with a grand opening celebration planned for January, said owner Michael Hess. Breakaways closed in July so Hess and his crew could work to renovate the interior, double the size of the kitchen, relocate the bar and add more seating...
People on the move 12/12/11 (12/12/11)
Anna Kangas, plan reviewer, recently began working with the city of Cape Girardeau Development Services division. Kangas is an architect through the American Institute of Architects and licensed with the Missouri Board of Architects. She received her Accredited Professional for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credential with Green Building Certification Institute in 2008, and achieved Construction Document Technologist credentials with Construction Specifications Institute in 2011. ...
Norma Blattner (12/12/11)
Norma Philamine Louise Kies Blattner, 86, of Cape Girardeau died with grace and peace Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in her home in the presence of her five children. She was born July 5, 1925, at Cape Girardeau to William J. and Elsie Heyde Kies. She and Louis C. "Bud" Blattner Jr. were married Oct. 22, 1944...
Helen McCarty (12/12/11)
Helen M. McCarty, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Dennis Blessing (12/12/11)
Dennis A. Blessing, 44, of Jackson died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Roger Diamond (12/12/11)
Roger D. Diamond, 49, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Luther Rhodes officiating...
Joshua Burden (12/12/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. — Joshua Russel Burden, 21, of Marble Hill passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, as a result of a traffic accident in Jackson. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill.
Jackson police and fire report 12/12/11 (12/12/11)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/12/11 (12/12/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Theft Property damage...
Out of the past 12/12/11 (12/12/11)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents has accepted the resignation of Dr. August R. "Gus" Meyer, a top administrator at the university for 26 years; he will retire Dec. 31. The dream of three Cape Girardeau fire chiefs for the past 15 years moved a step closer yesterday, when bids for a new aerial platform ladder fire truck were opened at city hall; the apparent low bid of $399,500 was submitted by Ladder Towers Inc. of Ephrata, Pa...
Deer committee (12/12/11)
The number of deer in the Cape Girardeau city limits has led to a new seven-member group tasked with studying the issue, hearing from a variety of individuals, and eventually making a recommendation to the Cape Girardeau City Council as to what should be done to mitigate the issue...
Speak Out 12/12/11 (12/12/11)
I agree with the caller concerned about the AR reading program in our schools. Love of reading is its own reward. Those slower readers are not going to love to read if they are punished by not meeting goals set by those using it to justify withholding class activities that have nothing to do with the AR program. Being left out of these activities, even though they have tried to meet their goals, is very disheartening. Have teachers become so calloused that they can't relate anymore?...
Prayer 12/12/11 (12/12/11)
O God, may we live a life of service, being willing to help others in need. Amen.
Two more contributors to new Tiger Stadium (12/12/11)
The Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation expressed its gratitude this week to two additional donors for the on-going improvements at Tiger Stadium at Cape Central High School. Pictured above, CHS Alumni Josh Ford (Class of 2003), Adrian Toole (Class of 1979) and Foundation Director Amy McDonald admire new umbrellas, tables and grills in the "tailgate" area of Tiger Stadium. ...
Guardsman honors local Jackson business (12/12/11)
Jackson, Mo. -- Luiz Goez, operations manager at Blue Chip Midwest LLC., was recently presented with a Patriot Award in recognition of his extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves. The Patriot Award was created by the Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation's call to duty...
A GIFT THAT WILL LAST (12/12/11)
In this holiday season and throughout the year, right here in Southeast Missouri, there are abused and neglected children who live in the shadows of our lives. She may be the little girl in your son's kindergarten class, who had to move homes and change schools three or four times in the last year. He may be the lonely child at the park who doesn't join the game. They are the forgotten children who have no one to speak for them...
Cheese Adds Flavor to Savory Sides (12/12/11)
Selecting the main entrée for special dinners or simple family meals is often the easy part of menu planning. The challenge comes with deciding what will accompany the entrée. Side dishes can take a meal from dull to dazzling. If you're looking to expand your side dish repertoire, look no further than the cheese section of the dairy case. ...
Anybody want a puppy for christmas? (12/12/11)
Sammy just wanted to go in and she got ambushed by her 6 part husky pups!
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