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Stories from Friday, December 23, 2011

Southeast Missouri food banks, pantries fighting hunger during holidays (12/23/11)
Dawn Grammar pushed the grocery cart toward her car, full of food she didn't have to pay for -- couldn't have paid for, even if she had wanted. A turkey. Milk. Bread. Canned vegetables. A few other items. Not much, really, but there wouldn't be a Christmas dinner without it...
Cape Air having its fourth consecutive profitable year (12/23/11)
Seth McDowell's holiday travels didn't involve a lot of hustle and bustle this year. He sat quietly at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport on Thursday waiting to catch his Cape Air flight to St. Louis. Getting through security was a snap. Parking was free...
Meals on Wheels program in Cape Girardeau ending (12/23/11)
After 37 years of operation, SoutheastHEALTH's Meals on Wheels program will cease to exist and the Cape Girardeau Senior Center takes over meal delivery with its Homebound Meals program Jan. 1. The number of people using the service has dwindled over the years because there are more options for meal service and less need, said Nancy Bray, the program's longtime volunteer coordinator. ...
Anonymous donor helps Jackson family after fire (12/23/11)
An anonymous donor has brought a little holiday cheer to a Jackson family after their house was ravaged by fire Saturday.
Six Cape Girardeau clerks cited for selling alcohol to minors (12/23/11)
Roughly one-fifth of the Cape Girardeau gas stations and other businesses canvassed during a routine alcohol compliance check Sunday had employees receive summonses for supplying alcohol to minors. The Cape Girardeau Police Department sent minors into 33 area businesses to try to purchase alcohol. ...
School bus in collision on Cape Rock Drive (12/23/11)
A school bus carrying three children was damaged Thursday morning after the driver of a car allegedly ran a stop sign and struck the bus. The bus was traveling eastbound on Cape Rock Drive around 7:20 a.m. when a small Mercury passenger car allegedly ran a stop sign at the Howell Street intersection and struck the bus in its rear axle, Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey said. ...
Police: Cape Girardeau garage fire appears suspicious (12/23/11)
A fire that ripped through a garage behind a Cape Girardeau day care and spread to an adjacent business Wednesday night is under police investigation.
Fruitland mobile home total loss after Thursday fire (12/23/11)
A Fruitland mobile home was a total loss after a Thursday evening fire, fire officials said. The Fruitland Fire Department was called shortly before 7 p.m. to 167 N. Legend Drive, according to firefighter John Beaudean. A family was home at the time but escaped without injury, he said...
Cape trash scheduled altered for holidays (12/23/11)
Because of the upcoming holidays, Monday and Tuesday trash and recycling service in Cape Girardeau will be a day late through Jan. 4. The Public Works Department will be on its holiday schedule Monday and Tuesday and Jan. 2 and 3. Monday's trash and recycling routes will run Tuesday and Tuesday's routes will run Wednesday. ...
Cape Girardeau County streams funds to specialized federal drug enforcement program (12/23/11)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission agreed Thursday to administer federal funding that provides specialized legal services to local law enforcement through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. Prosecution services funded by HIDTA are provided locally by special assistant federal prosecutor Tim Willis. He is stationed in the federal building in Cape Girardeau and collaborates with multiple law enforcement agencies across 16 counties on methamphetamine cases in Southeast Missouri...
KRCU to air town hall meeting with local elected officials (12/23/11)
KRCU Radio at Southeast Missouri State University will air "A Town Hall Meeting," with local officials at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and KRCU, was held Dec. 6 at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Speakers were: Jackson Mayor Barb Lohr, Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger, Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy, state Reps. ...
Pavement repairs set for I-55 in Cape County (12/23/11)
North- and southbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will begin on a section of the interstate between Highway 74 to Route K. ...
Wal-Mart pulls baby formula after Lebanon, Mo., death (12/23/11)
LEBANON, Mo. -- Wal-Mart says it has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy became gravely ill with a suspected infection and died after being taken off life support. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said Wednesday the move is cautionary as health officials investigate Sunday's death of 10-day-old Avery Cornett of Lebanon...
Army: Some Arlington markers may need replacement (12/23/11)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Thousands of grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery may need to be replaced or added to accurately account for the dead, following a meticulous Army review of each of the nearly 260,000 headstones and niche covers on the grounds...
Stranded Ariz. student, Texas family rescued (12/23/11)
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A college student was released from the hospital Thursday after surviving what she said was a nine-day ordeal of being stuck in her car in the snow with no heavy coat, blankets or gloves and only two candy bars for food. Authorities are still not clear about why 23-year-old Lauren Weinberg drove to the desolate mountain area of Arizona during finals week at Arizona State University before she was rescued Wednesday...
Jobless claims lowest since '08 as job market improves (12/23/11)
WASHINGTON -- In in the latest sign that the economy is surging at year's end, unemployment claims have dropped to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized that the nation was in a recession. Claims fell by 4,000 last week to 364,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the third straight weekly drop. The four-week average of claims, a less volatile gauge, fell for the 11th time in 13 weeks and stands at the lowest since June 2008...
Rise in economic gauge suggests brighter outlook (12/23/11)
WASHINGTON -- A gauge of future economic activity posted a solid increase in November, providing further evidence that the economy is gaining strength. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.5 percent in November following a 0.9 percent gain in October, which had been the strongest showing in eight months...
Cat travels 200 miles under car hood in Ohio (12/23/11)
MEDINA, Ohio -- A cat has survived a four-hour, 200-mile ride under the hood of a car traveling through Ohio. WJW-TV reported a man who'd left Xenia in southwest Ohio on a drive to Cleveland on Sunday afternoon stopped at a rest area when he smelled something. A patrolling state trooper found the motorist with his hood up and a black-and-white cat stuck in the engine compartment. The animal had burns on the right side...
House leaders accept Senate's payroll tax terms (12/23/11)
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Thursday bowed to demands by President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans for a short-term renewal of payroll tax cuts for all workers. The breakthrough almost certainly spares workers an average $20 a week tax increase Jan. 1.
John Edwards asks to delay trial, citing illness (12/23/11)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former presidential candidate John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend his approaching criminal trial over campaign finances and is asking for it to be delayed...
Ron Paul's anti-establishment campaign draws crowds (12/23/11)
MAQUOKETA, Iowa -- It's usually a low-key, even quiet affair. Ron Paul enters a room almost furtively, his narrow shoulders hunched as he takes the stage. For 30 minutes, he delivers something close to an academic lecture on monetary policy, the dangers of overseas military entanglements, the power of the free market and, of course, the importance of freedom...
Occupy protesters sue over free speech, force (12/23/11)
Most major Occupy encampments have been dispersed, but they live on in a flurry of lawsuits in which protesters are asserting their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly and challenging authorities' mass arrests and use of force to break up tent cities...
Profiling lawsuit could add to Arizona sheriff's troubles (12/23/11)
PHOENIX -- A judge is poised to make key decisions within the next few days in a lawsuit that alleges racial profiling in embattled Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration patrols in the metropolitan Phoenix area. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow will decide whether he will let the case go to trial or settle the dispute himself by either throwing out the case or declaring the Maricopa County sheriff uses racial profiling in his immigration enforcement...
Today in History (12/23/11)
Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2011. There are eight days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1941, during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese. On this date: In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va...
U.S.: Mistakes led to attack on Pakistani soldiers (12/23/11)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An investigation into a NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani troops last month near the Afghan border has concluded that a combination of mistrust and bad maps led to the airstrikes on two Pakistani outposts, the U.S. Department of Defense and a NATO official said Thursday...
Ties between Turkey and France fray over Armenia genocide bill (12/23/11)
PARIS -- Ties between France and Turkey, strategic allies and trading partners, abruptly unraveled Thursday after French legislators passed a bill making it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago constitute genocide...
Syria's Assad allows observers in, ups crackdown (12/23/11)
BEIRUT -- Bashar Assad's regime would appear to be setting itself on a collision course: It let in outside observers for the first time Thursday to monitor his commitment to halting the crackdown on dissent, even as his security forces unleashed a fiercer onslaught this week, killing more than 200 in two days...
Wave of bombings across Iraqi capital kills 69 people (12/23/11)
BAGHDAD -- A wave of 16 bombings ripped across Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 69 people in the worst violence in Iraq for months. The apparently coordinated attacks struck days after the last American forces left the country and in the midst of a major government crisis between Shiite and Sunni politicians that has sent sectarian tensions soaring...
N. Korea media dubs young Kim ‘outstanding leader' (12/23/11)
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- The handover of power in North Korea to Kim Jong Il's young son appeared to be going smoothly Thursday, with official media calling him the "outstanding leader" and no outward unrest in the capital or troop movements along its borders...
Pakistan PM alleges conspiracy to oust gov't (12/23/11)
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's prime minister claimed Thursday there was a conspiracy to oust the country's civilian government, a sign of growing tension with the army over a secret memo sent to Washington earlier this year asking for help in averting a supposed military coup...
Medvedev offers some reforms, demands stability (12/23/11)
MOSCOW -- President Dmitry Medvedev responded to protests over the fraud-tainted election by proposing some reforms Thursday to liberalize Russia's political system, but sternly warned that the government won't allow "provocateurs and extremists" to threaten stability...
Jackson hires new football coach (12/23/11)
Union High School football coach Brent Eckley has been hired to replace Van Hitt as the Jackson football coach.
Jackson girls basketball team defeats defending Holiday Classic champ ND 56-47 in final (12/23/11)
Connor King's frustration was obvious Thursday. She picked up two fouls less than three minutes into the Kelso Supply Holiday Classic championship game and sat the remainder of the first quarter. King was whistled for her third personal with 6 minutes, 29 seconds left in the second quarter, which landed her back on the bench for the rest of the half...
Meadow Heights girls basketball team loses second consecutive heartbreaker 52-51 (12/23/11)
The Panthers suffered a one-point loss a day after a setback to the defending champions in the semifinals
Central girls basketball team's inside game makes difference vs. Perryville (12/23/11)
The Tigers prevailed 51-46 in the fifth-place game
Scott City girls basketball team salvages tournament win in 7th-place game vs. Crusaders (12/23/11)
Scott City posted a 44-31 victory
Jackson boys basketball teams loses to Vianney in OT (12/23/11)
Jackson hit a basket in the final minute of regulation to force overtime, but unbeaten Vianney outscored the Indians by 10 points in the extra session to post a 70-60 victory Thursday night in boys high school basketball action. Senior guard Caleb Newcomer, who had a team-high 19 points, pulled Jackson (5-2) even with a basket with about 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Vianney held the ball for the remainder of regulation but misfired at the buzzer...
Missouri can keep Braggin' after win against Illinois (12/23/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Phil Pressey had 18 points, five assists and two steals, and ninth-ranked Missouri held off a second-half charge by No. 25 Illinois for a 78-74 victory in the annual Braggin' Rights game Thursday night. Reserve Michael Dixon added 18 points and Ricardo Ratliffe had 14 for Missouri, which squandered a 13-point cushion before recovering late. The Tigers have won three consecutive in the series and they're 12-0 for the first time since a 19-0 start in 1981-82...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team grabs first road win in California (12/23/11)
The Southeast men slipped past Sacramento State 77-76
Rams' Jackson close to extending string of 1,000-yard seasons (12/23/11)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is on the verge of a milestone. Just 34 more yards rushing and he will become the seventh player in NFL history to gain 1,000 yards in seven or more consecutive seasons. Only Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, Thurman Thomas, Eric Dickerson and LaDainian Tomlinson have done it...
Missy Kitty's wish list for this Christmas (12/23/11)
By Missy Kitty This has been a wonderful year for me. Lots of people who like to pet my soft, clean fur have asked what I want for Christmas. I think I have it. I think I've had it all year. It's called a loving family. A lot of cats I know don't have what I have. If I had opposable thumbs and could write my wish list for Christmas, I would put that at the very top. I'd wish for happy homes with lots and lots of food and treats for every stray cat in the world...
Local music and art folks give their favorite holiday film (12/23/11)
The holidays conjure up all sorts of traditions. Stockings hung with care, presents under the tree, our favorite movies on TV. The classics like "Miracle on 34th Street" and "A Christmas Story" will always be available. SE Live asked six local art and music movers and shakers to share their favorite cinematic indulgence for the holidays. It didn't have to be a Christmas movie or even a movie they watch every year, just one that represented the holiday season for that person...
Celebrate the New Year locally (12/23/11)
Several local venues and organizations plan to help you welcome 2012 with a bang. The United Way of Southeast Missouri is hosting its inaugural United We Rock New Year's Eve Party at The Venue Event Center in Cape Girardeau. The bands Mid-Life Crisis and Lawdogg will alternate performances throughout the evening with hors d'oeuvres served from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees will be given complimentary party favors and champagne for a celebratory toast at midnight...
Drake Douglas from Jackson has been given many opportunities through MU Singers (12/23/11)
Drake Douglas started singing in the car and at his church, but his voice recently brought him to Washington, D.C., where he sang at the White House with the MU Singers. Douglas, now a senior at the University of Missouri at Columbia, graduated from Jackson High School in 2007. ...
Best bet: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops (12/23/11)
Baby, it's cold outside. Warm up with a little roots reggae at the "Ho, Ho, Show" with Aaron Kamm and the One Drops at Pitters tonight. This St. Louis trio is steadily making a name for itself in Cape Girardeau. They play reggae, blues, rock and jam, all with a little soul. Kamm gives his voice and guitar skills while Andy Dorris funks it up on the bass and Sean Raila keeps pace on the drums. Cover is $5. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m...
Newsroom jingles (12/23/11)
I might still be a 7-year-old girl at heart. It's Christmastime and I can't concentrate. I struggle to finish my to-do list at work. I'd rather be chatting with co-workers or wrapping presents for our office Secret Santa. Anything but the norm. It's Christmas, and I want it to feel different. Not much differs in the day-to-day duties of a newsroom...
‘War Horse' hammers home the emotions (12/23/11)
Just in time for family-friendly holiday feel-goodery is Steven Spielberg's sweeping, historical epic "War Horse." It's a story that began life as a children's book by Michael Morpurgo, then made its way to the London and New York stages to great acclaim featuring inventive puppetry, and now arrives in theaters with all the grandeur a master filmmaker can conjure. ...
ARTifacts 12/23/11 (12/23/11)
The Broadway Esquire Entertainment Group will partner with amateur filmmaker Scott Phegley to produce and direct a documentary about the Esquire Theater's revival. Phegley contacted John Buckner with the group after hearing about the renovation plans. ...
Audrey Morgan (12/23/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Audrey Morgan, 95, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Chaffee, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Julia Jackson (12/23/11)
Julia K. Jackson, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau, and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau...
Helen McCarty (12/23/11)
Helen M. McCarty, 93, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 7, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo., to David and Katharina Metzler. She and Ivan H. "Mike" McCarty were married April 11, 1942, in St. Louis. Helen worked as a pharmacy tech in St. Louis. She won many ballroom dancing competitions around the country with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio...
Scott Elder (12/23/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Scott Elder, 40, of Perryville died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The Catholic wake will be at 7...
Jeffery Crews (12/23/11)
Jeffery Davis Crews, 43, of Scott City died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at his home. He was born Dec. 18, 1968, in St. Louis, to William and Artalee Eaton Crews. Crews was a truck driver with Pavestone Co. Survivors include his fiancee, Amanda Brack of Scott City; mother, Artalee Roberts of Scott City; four sisters, Kim (Roger) Irey of Scott City, Karen Dunn of Potosi, Mo., Chris (Tom) Akin of Claremore, Okla., Barbara Crews of the Farmington, Mo., area; five brothers, Billy, Timothy, Terry, Dennis and Michael Crews, all of the Farmington area; several nephews and nieces; and special pets, Rufus, Rose and Felix.. ...
Births 12/23/11 (12/23/11)
Son to Ryan and Amy Hagedorn of Lake St. Louis, Mo., St. John's Mercy Medical Center, 7:43 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Name, Luke Joseph. Weight, 7 pounds. Third child, second son. Mrs. Hagedorn is the former Amy Makowski, daughter of Joe and Debbie Makowski of Florissant, Mo. She is a kindergarten teacher with the Hazelwood School District. Hagedorn is the son of Richard and Doris Hagedorn of Cape Girardeau. He is a commercial pilot...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/23/11 (12/23/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police and fire reports 12/23/11 (12/23/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/23/11 (12/23/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 12/23/11 (12/23/11)
Area satellite dish owners are now able to subscribe to satellite television programming through Satellite Services Inc., a subsidiary of Tele-Communications Inc., the Denver-based company that operates the cable system here. A little doe yesterday jumped over a six-foot fence and landed in a swimming pool, which had been covered, at the home of Mary Blackiston, 1717 Colonial; after a brief swim, the deer leapt back over the fence and made her escape...
Christmas tournament (12/23/11)
The holiday season is full of activities. And if you're a high school basketball fan, there's no better time to catch a few games than at the Show Me Center in late December. Last night the annual Kelso Supply Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament wrapped up. After celebrating Christmas this weekend, basketball returns to the Show Me Center on Monday with the start of the 67th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament for the area high school boys teams...
Confusing election-year strategy (12/23/11)
It was disappointing to watch Senate Republicans go along with Senate Democrats with only a two month continuation of the 2 percentage-point cut in payroll taxes. They should have followed Speaker John Boehner's lead and endorsed the tax cut for the full year. ...
Missouri's own financial crisis (12/23/11)
In his Dec. 8 column, Wayne Bowen discusses the European debt crisis and lessons Americans can learn from it. I believe a European-caliber financial crisis is closer to Missouri than Mr. Bowen realizes. Some European nations borrowed too much and too often, and when their economies started to fail, they borrowed some more. ...
Stuff-A-Truck event a success (12/23/11)
Thank you to everyone who donated canned goods to the American Legion Post 158 and the Auxiliary Post 158 Stuff-A-Truck project. It was a good project to help families with their food needs. These food items and donations will go to the Jackson Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry...
Speak Out 12/23/11 (12/23/11)
STUDIES show that the items you buy for Christmas gifts this year will end up in the landfill sometime in the next six to 60 months. Instead of literally wasting your money, why not give the gift of time and love to each other, and then why not give your money instead to those who are truly in need? As you read this message, 500 children will die of starvation. We could end it easily by shopping less and giving more...
Prayer 12/23/11 (12/23/11)
O Lord Jesus, may the joy of the season fill our hearts daily. Amen.
Manpower Associates Helping Each Other (12/23/11)
The Manpower Associate Peer Assistance Committee (MAPAC) was able to make Christmas special this year for 12 Manpower families in need. MAPAC raised over $1500.00 in 2011 that was designated for Christmas, as well as accepting donations of toys and food. The items were distributed by Santa Claus at the Cape Girardeau Manpower Office, located at 1739 N. Kingshighway in Cape. Santa also posed for pictures with children of local Manpower Associates...
Happy That It Is Christmas! (12/23/11)
Pumpkin the cat either very happy or very scared of the Christmas tree.
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