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Stories from Sunday, December 25, 2011

Two area truck drivers produce Christmas song, book (12/25/11)
Truck drivers Michael Webb and Rodger Pritchett wrote a song about a misfit Christmas tree over a citizens band radio while driving from Cape Girardeau to Little Rock one night, never imagining the words would grow into a children's book and then become a play...
$25,000 bid made for former Cape federal building (12/25/11)
The former federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau has drawn a bid of $25,000, the first official offer in the government's second attempt to sell the vacant Broadway building. But the agency charged with unloading unneeded government property said Friday that the seemingly lowball offer isn't out of the ordinary, considering that is also the required deposit from all bidders...
Kelso light show raises money for charity, inspires visitors (12/25/11)
KELSO, Mo. -- More than 80,000 lights flash to music at the Clark home near Kelso to celebrate Christmas, to raise money for charity and to remember a Jackson fifth-grader who died in November. Brandon and Brooks Clark put up the display for the third time this year at their mother's home, beginning work in September and finishing the day before Thanksgiving. ...
Area fitness center raises money to stay open (12/25/11)
A local fitness center embroiled in legal battles following an E. coli outbreak last year is struggling to keep its doors open. Class Act Family Fitness held a fundraiser Thursday asking its clients to help it raise the $18,000 it needed to keep Montgomery Bank from initiating foreclosure proceedings on its 57,000-square-foot facility...
Few apply to fill spots on Cape Girardeau County advisory boards (12/25/11)
Cape Girardeau County has 17 seats available on six of its volunteer advisory boards and almost no applications were filed by the Dec. 23 due date for them. An updated vacancy list was announced Dec. 14 on the county website and residents were invited to send a letter of interest to the county commission, which is responsible for reviewing applications and appointing advisory board members. The county has 16 boards...
Fire marshal: No electricity in Cape Girardeau building where fire started (12/25/11)
A fire Wednesday that damaged a garage and a business nearby is suspicious because the building where it started had no electricity or gas, according to the Cape Girardeau fire marshal. "That throws up red flags," said Brian Shaffer of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department...
Real estate broker tapped for Southeast Missouri State regents (12/25/11)
A local businessman who is well-known to Southeast Missouri State University and the community has been appointed to the university's board of regents by Gov. Jay Nixon. Thomas M. Meyer was announced as the board's newest appointed member Friday in a news release from the governor's office.
Dexter woman faces 60 felony counts for $315,000 worth of forged checks (12/25/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter, Mo., woman charged with forgery and stealing felonies earlier this month is now facing more than 60 felony counts. Kathy Ellsworth, 48, is accused of forging 41 checks totaling more than $315,000. Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver declined to comment on the case when asked whether that was believed to be the final amount...
Two Cape teenagers accused of stealing Christmas gifts (12/25/11)
Two teenagers are in police custody accused of early morning thefts from at least five vehicles in Cape Girardeau. Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey said the department received several reports of two teenage boys looking into vehicles around 5 a.m. Friday. Police located the boys and took them into custody following a short pursuit on foot...
Real estate broker tapped for Southeast regents (12/25/11)
A local businessman who is well-known to Southeast Missouri State University and the community has been appointed to the university's board of regents by Gov. Jay Nixon. Thomas M. Meyer was announced as the board's newest appointed member Friday in a news release from the governor's office. ...
Highway 51 in Bollinger County reduced for tree trimming (12/25/11)
Southbound Highway 51 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the roadway. This section of road is from Highway 72 to Route A. Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Highway 91 in Scott County closed for bridge repairs (12/25/11)
Highway 91 in Scott County will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge repairs. The bridge is between County Road 411 and County Road 435, and the closure will extend from U.S. 61 to Route CC...
Club news 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
The Kage FCE met Dec. 8 at the home of Judie Herbst for the club's Christmas luncheon. The luncheon was hosted by Shirley Palen and Herbst. Marie James and Dorothy Lichtenegger attended as guests. A short business meeting was held with president Dortha Strack presiding. Information for next year and report forms were distributed...
More trouble for Ameren's Taum Sauk plant (12/25/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A memo made public this month shows a June fire caused $10 million in damage to Ameren's Taum Sauk hydroelectric project and that the utility failed to report it promptly. The plant only resumed operating last spring -- more than four years after a mountaintop reservoir ruptured and flooded a state park...
More retailers pull formula after Mo. baby death (12/25/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Several more national retailers have joined Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in pulling a batch of powdered infant formula from their shelves after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died of a rare bacterial infection. Officials at Supervalu Inc., Walgreen Co., Kroger Co. ...
U.S. survey helps shed light on forest-damaging bug (12/25/11)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Triangular, purple kite-like contraptions placed in trees across the country are helping state and federal agriculture officials learn more about a deadly beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada and threatens countless more...
Tax cut lives on: Congress gives its approval (12/25/11)
WASHINGTON -- After weeks of bickering and doubt, Congress delivered a last-minute holiday tax cut extension to 160 million workers Friday along with further unemployment benefits for millions laid off in the nation's recession and weak economic recovery.
Arizona sheriff faces new setback over immigration (12/25/11)
PHOENIX -- America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" has been dealt another setback to his immigration enforcement efforts by a federal judge's ruling that bars deputies from detaining people based solely on the suspicion that they're in the country illegally...
Shoplifting up from this time last year (12/25/11)
More than spirits are being lifted this holiday season. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas this year, an estimated $1.8 billion in merchandise will be shoplifted from U.S. retailers, according to The Global Retail Theft Barometer, a survey of retailers worldwide. That's up about 6 percent from $1.7 billion during the same period last year...
Today in History (12/25/11)
Today is Sunday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2011. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 25, 1991, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a communist superpower that had already gone out of existence...
Thousands enjoy merry Christmas in Bethlehem (12/25/11)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Tens of thousands of tourists and Christian pilgrims packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the traditional birthplace of Jesus on a raw, breezy and rainy night...
Salvation Army bell ringers bring joy to customers with bells, songs (12/25/11)
Holiday shoppers walking into Walmart in Cape Girardeau hear not only bells ringing but also singing. Salvation Army bell ringer Michael Hill, 50, is new to Cape Girardeau. Hill moved from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau in July. He works part time ringing bells for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive and has become known around town as "The Singer."...
Celebs' pet New Year's resolutions (12/25/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Tony La Russa would like his dog to spend more time in his lap. Bob Barker would like his rabbit to spend more time in its litter box. And Lea Michele would like her cat to spend less time in her cotton ball jar. The Associated Press asked several celebrity pet owners about New Year's resolutions for their animals -- and resolutions their pets might have for them...
Awards and Accomplishments 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
An Eagle Court of Honor was conducted by Boy Scout Troop 224 of Scott City on Nov. 3. Two Scouts were honored for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Myron "Trey" Bond Carter III has been in Scouting since August 2000. He is a junior at Scott City High School. ...
Your Generosity 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
On July 23, the War Child Riding Group made its annual donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The group formed in 2005, and its first donation to St. Jude was $250. Since then, the War Child has grown in size and so has its donations. The total donation for 2011 was $13,280. ...
Adopt Max (12/25/11)
Max is 2 years old. He is already neutered. Max is available for adoption at The Humane Society 334-5837.
FYI 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
The Kenny Rogers Children's Center is hosting its third annual New Year's Resolution Run at 11 a.m. Dec. 31 in Sikeston, Mo. There are three races to compete in: the 1-mile fun run, 5K and the 10K. For more information or to pledge a donation, email Brooke at SplitMasterTraining@live.com...
East Cape Baptist Church to perform Christmas musical (12/25/11)
Christmas musicals are a favorite part of the holiday season for many. East Cape Baptist Church will be presenting the musical, "Mary Did You Know?" at 10 a.m. today on its campus at 60 Brookwood Drive in McClure, Ill. The choral musical will be shown in sync with a video presentation. Russell Dillingham, choral director at East Cape Baptist, said the combination of music and video makes the story come to life...
Love: The secret to gift giving (12/25/11)
The Southeast Missourian is kind enough to offer me a small stipend for every column written -- the proceeds of which I am deeply grateful to receive. I consider this source of revenue "mad money," meaning I do not feel compelled to account for its expenditure in a way that others might find rational and useful. (The preceding two sentences are meant as a "hook" to you, dear reader, in the hopes that you will be intrigued enough to read further.)...
Standing in awe of God's love (12/25/11)
Awe. As Mary, Joseph, the kings and the shepherds gazed upon that tiny, perfect baby swaddled in the manger, that must have been all that overwhelmed them. With his tiny hands that grasped their fingers, smooth eyelids closed in peace, and perfect little fingernails, their Savior and King lay before them. The one they desperately needed, the one their hearts ached for. The God of the universe was here. None of them understood, but their hearts did, and all they could do was bow down and worship...
There's a new car in the neighborhood (12/25/11)
There is a new type of vehicle zipping around Cape Girardeau. The miniature car has a domed hood and lacks a trunk and doors, among other things. It is white and bears a "Transformers" sticker on the front. The odd-looking vehicle appears to be a bug that has transformed into a car -- something from the future. It is called a BugE, an electric car built by Chad Sierman, who is the assistant director of aquatics at Southeast Missouri State University...
Therapy patients can now pedal to healthier lives (12/25/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- For some local individuals with neurological impairments, a cardiovascular workout isn't easy to come by in Southeast Missouri -- until now. A Sikeston rehabilitation service provider has installed a motorized functional electrical stimulation bicycle...
Monday bird count in Poplar Bluff needing volunteers (12/25/11)
The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running wildlife census in the world. Data from the nearly 2,000 count circles is recorded and made available for scientists and individuals in order to assess bird populations and guide conservation action. This will be the 112th official Christmas Bird Count...
Shop with a Cop brings early Christmas for nine children (12/25/11)
MARSHALL, Mo. -- Wednesday evening, the Marshall Police Department hosted Shop with a Cop and appeared to have a blast with selected children this year. Nine children eagerly waited to begin. They joked around with quick jabs, it was apparent some had met and worked with the officers in the past. They held wish lists in their hands, and some children had already priced items as to not go over their budget...
Adopt Clifford (12/25/11)
Clifford is a five-month-old brindle terrier mix. He is a happy, happy dog!! He would be so excited to find a home for the holidays.
Pet of the Week (12/25/11)
Pet name: Judy Owner: Tabitha Statler FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Getting in the Christmas spirit. Submit photos of your pet and look for pictures of other people's cuddly companions in a special section on the Your Photos page on semissourian.com. ...
Shop with a Hero (12/25/11)
"The year 2011 marks the 20th year in which Cape Walmart has held the annual shopping event called Shop with a Hero," store manager Gary Elders said. Walmart Foundation, local Walmart associates, heroes such as police officers, firefighters and first responders along with community partners help raise close to $8,000 to allow 78 children selected from local schools to spend $100 each. ...
Wood strawberry's fruit tastes like water (12/25/11)
Recently I took this photo of frost on a berry of a wild wood strawberry. The wood strawberry is a native ever-bearing plant with red seedy fruits about the size of a large pea. This plant propagates the same way tame strawberries do, by sending out runners upon which new plants grow. The berries themselves seem to serve no real purpose for the plant's survival from one year to the next...
Maggie Brotherton (12/25/11)
Sue Magdalene Brotherton, 77, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at her home in Jackson. She was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, to Chester and Mildred Clippard Smith. Maggie and Gus Brotherton were married June 25, 1954, in Jackson. She was a 1952 graduate of Jackson High School and worked at Jackson Hosiery. ...
Walter Ross (12/25/11)
Walter Thomas Ross, 58, of Carmel, Ind., passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on Dec. 22, 2011. Walt was born in Cape Girardeau on Jan. 25, 1953, to Charlie and LaVern Ross. Walt spent his entire career in the heavy equipment industry, in sales, service and management in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. His high standards and deep sense of responsibility inspired his co-workers, customers and family every day...
Births 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
Daughter to Michael Ray Maddox and Emily Suzanne Cowell of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 2:27 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Name, Gracie Sabrina. Weight, 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Ms. Cowell is the former Emily Burgess, daughter of Frank and Tammy Burgess of Cape Girardeau. Maddox is the son of Julie Maddox and Scott Cloniger of Marble Hill, Mo...
Gourdin - Watson (12/25/11)
Jeff and Sally Suchman of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Casey Gourdin, to Tynn Anthony Watson. He is the son of Tony and Kristi Watson of Jackson. Gourdin is a 2004 graduate of Jackson High School. She is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at Southeast Missouri State University. She is store manager at Sam's Fine Jewelry in Sikeston, Mo...
Enderle - Stephens (12/25/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Leo and Connie Enderle of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Katelyn Nicole Enderle, to Benjamin Kyle Stephens. He is the son of Patrick and Marca Stephens of Bunker, Mo. Enderle is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School, and a graduate student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy...
Wroble - Thompson (12/25/11)
James and Anne Wroble of Colleyville, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth Wroble, to Justin Ryan Thompson of Dallas, Texas. He is the son of Stan and Kay Thompson of Jackson. Wroble is a 2001 graduate of Trinity High School in Euless, Texas. She received a bachelor of arts degree in advertising from Texas Tech University in Lubbock in 2005. She is marketing director with Premier Communities Management Co. in Dallas...
Hull - 40 years (12/25/11)
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Hull Jr. of Jackson will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Monday. Hull and Jane A. Hahs were married Dec. 26, 1971, at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. The couple has two children, Chris Hull and Heather Hull; and three grandchildren, Hunter, Katee and Haedyn Hull...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Jackson police and fire report 12/15/11 (12/25/11)
Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday:...
Out of the past 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
The Salvation Army distributed more than 625 Christmas food baskets to needy families in Cape Girardeau this week; along with the food items, the baskets included toys for children. A tradition since 1945, the university's Christmas tournament will kick off tomorrow at Houck Field House; Notre Dame is seeded first, followed by Charleston and Scott County Central...
Christmas (12/25/11)
It is a simple story, but the birth in a stable some 2,000 years ago changed the world. On this Christmas Day, the story is told again from the Holy Bible (the Gospel according to St. Luke, Chapter 2):And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one unto his own city....
Speak Out 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
THANK you to all the people of God for helping my daughter and my grandchildren when my daughter ran out of her house with her babies in her arms at 3 or 4 a.m. one day as her house was severely burned. She ran back in to get her five-year-old son. A truck driver then helped her. The Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the family from Jackson or Marble Hill that rented a really nice house, and all others too -- God bless everyone for helping my precious daughter and my precious grandchildren...
Prayer 12/25/11 (12/25/11)
O Lord Jesus, today we celebrate your birth — God's greatest gift to mankind. Amen.
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