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Stories from Monday, December 19, 2011

Cape police want to prevent possible violence downtown (12/19/11)
Police cruised downtown Cape Girardeau and watched with a vigilant eye as people walked -- even stumbled -- from bar to bar Saturday night. Occasional flickers of red and blue lights would seep into bars as police responded to infrequent calls of disturbances, quickly dispatching any trouble they saw. Only one arrest was made downtown Saturday, and it was for what police are calling "prohibited acts by yelling."...
Vigil for Cape stabbing victim held Sunday (12/19/11)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Friends and family of Jerry Conrad gather for a candlelight vigil on the southeast corner of the Common Pleas Courthouse lawn Sunday night, Dec. 18, 2011 in Cape Girardeau. Conrad was fatally stabbed outside a Spanish Street bar Friday and was found by police on the courthouse lawn....
Construction starts approaching for Broadway corridor, sewer plant in Cape (12/19/11)
When the Cape Girardeau City Council makes decisions about easements, it tends to be largely perfunctory. But when council members make two such decisions tonight, it will serve as a signal that construction starts for two of the city's biggest public projects of 2012 -- one the biggest in city history -- are rapidly approaching...
Jackson Chamber announces new board of directors (12/19/11)
Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce members have elected a new board of directors and the three businessmen stepping in hope to continue the organization's mission of strengthening local industry by increasing educational opportunities and expanding manufacturing...
Giving back to the community with Cape First's Perfect Gift (12/19/11)
Many spend the holiday season trying to find perfect gifts. For Cape First Church, the Perfect Gift is about meeting needs. This is the second year Cape First has done the Perfect Gift. In October, members were asked to submit requests for people they knew were in genuine need. They were asked, "What would the Prefect Gift look like and why?"...
Glenn House opens doors for holiday tour (12/19/11)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Debbie Montgomery tours the Glenn House with her grandchildren, Ella and Samuel Pletcher, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in Cape Girardeau. The Glenn House will be open for holiday tours Dec. 28, 29 and 30 from 1 to 4 p.m....
Business, residential projects increasing in Sikeston (12/19/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The city of Sikeston saw increases in both residential and commercial construction this year as compared with 2010. Trey Hardy, Sikeston's community redevelopment coordinator, noted there are still two weeks left in the year so it is possible a contractor could come in and bump the figures even higher for 2011 -- but even as they are now, the numbers look good...
Cape City Council agenda 12/19/11 (12/19/11)
City hall 401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Items for discussion Meeting, 7 p.m. today Consent Agenda New Ordinances Appointments...
Women sue Poplar Bluff on Internet access petition (12/19/11)
Two women have filed a lawsuit against the city of Poplar Bluff and City Clerk Pamela Kearbey concerning the number of signatures on an open access petition. The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court at Cape Girardeau on behalf of registered voters of the city of Poplar Bluff who signed an initiative petition that Kearbey has refused to certify, an ACLU news release said...
Analysis: Study finds fault with Missouri term limits (12/19/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Legislature has returned to the 1920s. It's a flash to the past that is due largely to term limits. A recent report by a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that the average tenure of state House and Senate members in the current era of term limits is similar to that of lawmakers who served in 1920s, when state government was much smaller and lawmakers weren't limited in how many times they could seek re-election. ...
Missouri farmers need big winter to make up for drought (12/19/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri cropland is so dry from last summer's extreme heat and lack of rainfall that University of Missouri researchers said the state would need 13 feet of snow this winter to make up for it. That's probably not going to happen, though, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the lack of moisture could soon have an impact on consumers...
Missouri housing agency upholds wage standards for Joplin (12/19/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A state housing agency rejected Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's proposal Friday to suspend new federal wage standards for Joplin, Mo.-area tornado recovery projects aimed at low-income residents. The Missouri Housing Development Commission agreed Friday to continue paying the prevailing federal wage to builders after learning a change could delay by at least six months construction projects already in line for state tax credits and low-interest loans. ...
Police officer, suspect injured in collision (12/19/11)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A St. Joseph police officer is slightly injured after an apparently drunken driver crashed into his squad car while other officers were in pursuit. The St. Joseph News-Press reported the driver who struck the squad car around 2 a.m. was believed to have been involved in a disturbance to which police were responding...
Witness links private to secrets seen on WikiLeaks (12/19/11)
FORT MEADE, Md. -- A computer-crimes investigator testified Sunday he found more than 10,000 diplomatic cables and other sensitive information on the work computer of the Army private charged with spilling a mountain of secrets to WikiLeaks. Moreover, Special Agent David Shaver told a military hearing he discovered evidence that someone had used the computer to streamline the downloading of the cables with the apparent aim of "moving them out."...
EPA rules threaten to close older power plants (12/19/11)
WASHINGTON -- More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey. Together, those plants -- some of the oldest and dirtiest in the country -- produce enough electricity for more than 22 million households, the survey found. But their demise probably won't cause homes to go dark...
Christmas shopping when money is tight (12/19/11)
NEW YORK -- Chennel King, a nurse from Norwalk, Conn., went Christmas shopping the other day with a new holiday companion: a budget. Despite a tough economic situation -- her husband was laid off almost a year ago -- King didn't want to disappoint her five children. So she still went to a mall in suburban New Jersey, but with a limit of $200 per child...
Congress' new terrorism rules leave open questions (12/19/11)
WASHINGTON -- After a bruising battle in Congress, the Obama administration retained the right to investigate and try suspected terrorists in civilian courts. But officials say newly enacted legislation raises a host of questions that will complicate and could harm the investigation of terrorism cases...
Economic recovery slow for U.S. not-for-profits (12/19/11)
SEATTLE -- As the first signs of an economic recovery make the news, many of the nation's not-for-profit organizations are digging in for another three to four years of financial distress, according to researchers who keep an eye on the charitable world...
Fort Hood soldiers are glad to be home from Iraq War (12/19/11)
FORT HOOD, Texas -- After having no contact with her soldier husband for a week, Jeannette Juroff was relieved to hear his voice when the phone rang at 3 a.m. Sunday. She could hear a bit of celebrating in the background since he was part of the last convoy of U.S. troops to leave Iraq as the nearly nine-year war came to an end...
House GOP leaders want new payroll tax cut bill (12/19/11)
WASHINGTON -- Top House Republicans rebelled Sunday against a bipartisan, Senate-approved bill extending payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months, reigniting a politically fueled holiday-season clash that had seemed all but doused. The House GOP defiance cast uncertainty over how quickly Congress would forestall a tax increase otherwise heading straight at 160 million workers beginning New Year's Day. ...
Today in History (12/19/11)
Today is Monday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2011. There are 12 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1843, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was first published in England. On this date: In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter...
Mystery surrounds son set to succeed Kim Jong Il (12/19/11)
BEIJING (AP) -- North Korea's heir apparent Kim Jong Un has swiftly risen to power since being made a four-star general a year ago, but he is even more of an enigma than his late father was during 17 years of absolute power. Within hours of news breaking Monday of leader Kim Jong Il's death over the weekend, the North's official Korean Central News Agency was reporting that the country, people and military "must faithfully revere respectable comrade Kim Jong Un."...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dead at age 69 (12/19/11)
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic longtime leader, has died of heart failure. He was 69. In a "special broadcast" Monday from the North Korean capital, state media said Kim died of a heart ailment on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" Saturday during a "high intensity field inspection." It said an autopsy was done Sunday and "fully confirmed" the diagnosis...
Hero of anti-communist revolution Vaclav Havel dies (12/19/11)
PRAGUE -- The end of Czechoslovakia's totalitarian regime was called the Velvet Revolution because of how smooth the transition seemed: Communism dead in a matter of weeks, without a shot fired. But for Vaclav Havel, it was a moment he helped pay for with decades of suffering and struggle...
Death toll from Philippine storm exceeds 650 (12/19/11)
ILIGAN, Philippines -- As a storm that killed more than 650 in the southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead...
Troops exit Iraq in subdued end to war (12/19/11)
AT THE IRAQ-KUWAIT BORDER -- Outside it was pitch dark. The six American soldiers couldn't see much of the desert landscape streaming by outside the small windows of their armored vehicle. They were hushed and exhausted from an all-night drive -- part of the last convoy of U.S. troops to leave Iraq during the final moment of a nearly nine-year war...
Alone in Antarctica: British woman on solo journey (12/19/11)
As she skis across Antarctica, Felicity Aston is taking on dangers including crevasses, storms, injuries and frostbite. Her biggest challenge, though, has been adapting to solitude in the seemingly endless expanses of white. For more than three weeks, she has been skiing toward the South Pole pulling two sledges packed with supplies. Aston is attempting to become the first woman to cross Antarctica alone, and has covered about one-third of the journey of more than 1,000 miles...
Holiday Classic tips off Tuesday (12/19/11)
The top two seeds are a combined 11-2 entering the Show Me Center Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament, which gets under way Tuesday. And neither of those teams is the defending champion. Jackson earned the top seed and is coming off a victory over two-time defending tournament champion Notre Dame. The Indians (5-1) knocked off the Bulldogs 43-33 on Thursday...
Woodland girls basketball team cruises to 6-1 (12/19/11)
The Woodland girls basketball team found little resistance in its road win Friday. Four Cardinals finished with more points than their opponent. Woodland cruised to a 58-9 victory over Egyptian, Ill., behind 15 points from Kathlyn Cooper and 14 from Lindsay Shell. Josie Long also netted 13 points and Lindsey Craft added 10 for the Cardinals (6-1)...
Missouri improves to 11-0 with rout of William & Mary (12/19/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri sixth-man Michael Dixon only can stand by and hear the roar when his starting teammates are introduced at Mizzou Arena. He sure knows how to grab some attention once he enters the game. The Tigers' super-sub scored a career-high 30 points as No. 10 Missouri beat William & Mary 94-56 on Sunday for its best start in two decades. That obliterated his previous high of 19 points, set just four games earlier against Northwestern State...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team falls in tournament (12/19/11)
Central Michigan defeated the Redhawks 100-59 in a tourney at Wright State
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will host SMU (12/19/11)
A Conference USA school will make a rare visit to the Show Me Center tonight
Bengals hand Rams fifth consecutive loss (12/19/11)
ST. LOUIS -- A.J. Green re-emerged and reached a nice rookie milestone after all but being counted out near halftime. He helped the Cincinnati Bengals get off the mat, too. The rookie wide receiver had six catches for 115 yards to top 1,000 yards, and the Bengals held an offense led by a quarterback still learning his own team's personnel to 2 of 13 on third down in a 20-13 victory Sunday...
FBS quarterback appears headed for Southeast Missouri State (12/19/11)
It appears the Southeast Missouri State football program will add a transfer quarterback from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). The Toledo Blade newspaper said indications are that Trent Hurley will transfer to Southeast after he was granted his release from Bowling Green last week...
Farmers turning to solar power to cut energy bills (12/19/11)
Solar power is energizing Southeast Missouri farms, helping farmers offset their own energy costs and generating clean power utility companies can buy. There are about four farmers in the Gordonville area now using portable trailers equipped with solar panels to power irrigation systems previously operated by gasoline pumps...
Postal union to hold informational picket (12/19/11)
Members of American Postal Workers Union Cape Area Local 4088 will hold an informational picket today beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau post office to distribute literature and answer questions about local postal facilities slated for closure, including the The Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility and several rural post offices in the region...
People on the move 12/19/11 (12/19/11)
David Hinkebein, Perryville, Mo., a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has attained the fraternal insurance counsellor designation. This title is an educational designation that can be earned by career life insurance representatives associated with fraternal insurance societies...
Joel Stafford (12/19/11)
Joel Jessie Stafford, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at his home. Private services will be at a later date at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Richard "Dick" Dirnberger (12/19/11)
Claude Richard "Dick" Dirnberger, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a Knights of Columbus rosary immediately following...
George Huber (12/19/11)
George E. Huber, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the home of his daughter in Sikeston, Mo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Gynel Nickell (12/19/11)
Gynel Nickell, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Family services will be at a later date. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Proffer (12/19/11)
Donna Proffer, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. She was born Dec. 29, 1928, in Advance, Mo., to Steve and Mary Jenkins Horn. She and Frank Proffer were married June 23, 1947, in St. Louis. Donna and her husband moved to Berkeley, Mo., from Cape Girardeau in 1947 and returned to Cape Girardeau in 1990...
Earl Fehr (12/19/11)
Earl Richard Fehr, 60, of Scott City died Saturday Dec. 17, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 18, 1951, in St. Charles, Mo., the son of Orville Herman and Doris Ruth Buescher Fehr. He married Marsha Darlene Hensley on Nov. 11, 1972, in Scott City...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/19/11 (12/19/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Arrests Thefts...
Jackson police and fire report 12/19/11 (12/19/11)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/19/11 (12/19/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Out of the past 12/19/11 (12/19/11)
For the fourth year in a row, the Cape Girardeau Area Wide United Way has met its fund-raising goal, announces campaign chairman Harry Rediger; to date the campaign has collected $360,200 in pledges, surpassing the goal of $352,100. CAIRO, Ill. -- Cairo's residents face another medical crisis Sunday; that's the day Southern Medical Center will close its doors to all services; the hospital discontinued all but emergency-room treatment Dec. 1 in an attempt to stay in business...
The gift of food (12/19/11)
We live in a generous community. A number of churches and organizations do many wonderful things to help others here and around the globe. Last weekend that generosity was on display at a food packing event at the Shawnee Park Center. Over a three-day period, about 2,600 volunteers packed more than 632,000 meals as part of the MobilePack event for Feed My Starving Children, a Christian-based organization that distributes food to people in 70 countries. ...
Speak Out 12/19/11 (12/19/11)
I just read where Mr. Obama very cleverly misled Iran by orchestrating the failure of a fake drone in order to gain intelligence from their military. Mr. Obama is good with actions like this that are effective without putting our troops in harms way. ...
Prayer 12/19/11 (12/19/11)
Blessed is your name, O Lord Jesus, in all the earth. Amen.
'Wonder of Christmas' at First Baptist Church Cape (12/19/11)
First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau celebrates the Wonder of Christmas with two special services. On Christmas Eve we will celebrate with a special Christmas Eve service that has become a "Cape Tradition". It features our First Baptist Church Sanctuary choir, FBC Praise Team, Chadie Fruehwald on organ and harp, Women's Ensemble, handbells, soloists, etc. Pastor Mike will share a Christmas devotional titled 'The Wonder of Christmas' and the service will close with candlelight communion...
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