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Stories from Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mining company wants to exchange land with Shawnee National Forest (01/15/12)
A plan to exchange 384 acres of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois with land owned by a subsidiary of coal mining company Peabody Energy has some calling for a stop to the swap. American Land Holdings of Illinois LLC wants a parcel of national forest land for a new coal mine and is willing to trade three parcels totaling 831 acres it either owns or has option to buy next to forest service properties...
Women discuss how art helped them deal with homelessness (01/15/12)
While the topics of art and homelessness normally don't go hand in hand, a small local group has found that art has helped them cope with the stress and turmoil of having been displaced from their homes. Cape Girardeau resident Julie Griffin, 53, discussed how painting and writing has helped her heal from a 14-year abusive marriage and the homelessness that resulted when she fled from her husband...
Cash, electronics stolen from Cape church (01/15/12)
Police are investigating a burglary and theft from a Cape Girardeau church. Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey said officers were called to Apostolic Promise Church at 750 N. Mount Auburn Road around 7 a.m. Thursday. Musical equipment, electronics and an unknown amount of cash and checks were stolen, Hickey said. The thief or thieves entered the church through a window, Hickey said, but the window wasn't broken. Police don't know whether the window was locked...
Area libraries changing to meet demand for digital books (01/15/12)
Area libraries are adapting to how more people are reading -- via electronic reader tablet. The Cape Girardeau Public Library has seen an increase in requests for help using the new gadgets to access the free digital books offered for checkout through the library's participation in Missouri Libraries 2 Go...
Caretaker charged with manslaughter in elderly Cape Girardeau woman's death (01/15/12)
A Patton, Mo., woman faces a manslaughter charge after an autopsy revealed that one of her home-health patients, who she was tasked with watching every day, had ulcers and bedsores with maggots in the wounds when she died. Sherrie Gail Coomer, 53, was charged with second-degree manslaughter Friday in connection to the death of 80-year-old Patricia Joan Langston
Jackson Chamber of Commerce picks Hitt for top honor (01/15/12)
The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce honored David Hitt for his dedication to the community at the organization's annual dinner Friday. Hitt was presented with the R.A. Fulenwider Meritorious Community Service Award by Gerald Jones, the 2010 recipient of the award...
Area rep pushes for passage of Caylee's Law (01/15/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A local state representative introduced House Bill 1167, also known as Caylee's Law, on the House floor Jan. 5. If the bill becomes law, it would make it a crime for parents, legal guardians or legal custodians to fail to report the disappearance of a child up to 17 years old to a law enforcement agency within 24 hours from the time they are discovered missing. ...
Hearing rescheduled for man accused of killing Caruthersville police officer (01/15/12)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The defendant charged in the death of Pemiscot County Officer Evan Burns appeared in court Thursday, with a hearing being rescheduled for early next month. Deonta Williamson, 29, appeared in court before Judge Byron Luber with his case being rescheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 6. The reason for the reschedule was not provided...
Poplar Bluff marijuana suspect surrenders (01/15/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man turned himself in Thursday afternoon after being charged earlier in the day with possessing more than 7 pounds of suspected marijuana with intent to distribute. Billy Dean Williams Jr., 32, was arrested at the Poplar Bluff Police Department on a warrant for the Class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute...
Gov. Nixon visits Sikeston manufacturer (01/15/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A tour of Sikeston's Tetra Pak plant was an opportunity for Gov. Jay Nixon to see the impact of one of his Missouri Works strategies. Tetra Pak, which creates food packaging cartons, received $30,000 in assistance through the Missouri Customized Training Program for software training and advanced training for custom equipment used in its manufacturing process...
Newcomer files for Cape Girardeau School Board (01/15/12)
Two Cape Girardeau School Board incumbents will face at least one challenger in the upcoming April election. Lynn Ware, a 15-year employee of the Cape Girardeau Police Department as coordinator of the Cape Girardeau Safe Communities program, filed for candidacy Friday. ...
Kansas City hunting program reduces deer population (01/15/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Joe Cascone started deer hunting, he thought nothing of driving an hour or two to get out of Kansas City. Today, he stays in the big city when he wants to hunt. Through a program managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, he bow hunts an island of timber within the city limits, not far from the traffic, subdivisions and activity of urban life...
Missouri senators target food stamp fraud (01/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican lawmakers are once again looking to crack down on welfare fraud, but opponents are asking whether the problems they seek to eliminate even exist. Last week the Senate committee on governmental accountability debated a piece of legislation that would require photo identification on all EBT food stamp cards in Missouri...
Sen. Blunt has coronary stent implanted (01/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri was recovering Friday after undergoing surgery to have a coronary stent implanted. Blunt, 62, underwent "a routine and successful" outpatient medical procedure Thursday at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., his office said Friday...
Mo. House member files payday loan legislation (01/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House member is proposing legislation that would ask voters to approve tougher regulation of certain installment loans. The legislation by Democrat Mary Still, of Columbia, would cap the interest on payday loans and some other installment loans at 36 percent...
MoDOT chief apologizes for road conditions (01/15/12)
ST. LOUIS - The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation is apologizing for the mess in the St. Louis area caused by the relatively light snowfall this week. St. Louis-area highways were gridlocked for hours after snow began falling just before morning rush hour on Thursday. Hundreds of wrecks occurred...
Missouri governor candidate wants moratorium on tax credits (01/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is calling for a moratorium on Missouri's tax credits. Spence said Friday that no additional tax credits should be issued until they are "fully vetted for effectiveness by independent review."...
President challenges GOP on goal they embrace (01/15/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is promoting his efforts to make government more efficient and to persuade companies to bring jobs back to the U.S. from overseas. He rolled out those election-year ideas this past week and used his radio and Internet address Saturday to urge Congress and the private sector to get on board...
Nigeria labor: No agreement to end fuel strike (01/15/12)
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigeria's government and labor unions failed Saturday night to end a paralyzing nationwide strike over high gasoline costs, potentially sparking an oil production shutdown in a nation vital to U.S. oil supplies. It was not clear early Sunday local time whether a major oil workers' union had gone ahead with its threat to have its members walk off their jobs starting at midnight in an effort to halt oil production...
N.D. senator uses address to promote Keystone XL pipeline (01/15/12)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A proposed pipeline to carry oil from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries is the "largest shovel-ready project in the country" with the potential to create thousands of jobs and reduce American dependence on oil from the Middle East, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said Saturday...
MLK parade organizers hoping for big turnout (01/15/12)
SPOKANE, Wash. -- White supremacist Kevin Harpham planted a bomb along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade here last year, hoping to strike a lethal blow against the unity and multiculturalism represented by the march. That bomb was found and disabled before it could explode, and Harpham was sentenced last month to 32 years in federal prison. ...
Harsh Alaska conditions prompt fuel shortages (01/15/12)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Living in Alaska's outer reaches is challenging enough, given the isolation and weather extremes, but at least three remote communities also have experienced weather-related late deliveries of fuel so crucial to their survival during an especially bitter winter...
Developers to pour water into dormant volcano to make power (01/15/12)
Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise...
Casino plans sprout in U.S. as states seek more revenue (01/15/12)
NEW YORK -- A Malaysian company's plan to build a $4 billion convention center and big-time casino on the outskirts of New York City could be the biggest shot fired yet in a tourism arms race that has seen a growing number of Eastern states embrace gambling as a way to lure visitors and drum up revenue...
Today in History (01/15/12)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2012. There are 351 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1862, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Abraham Lincoln's choice of Edwin M. Stanton to be secretary of war, replacing Simon Cameron...
Magnitude-5.7 quake hits Philippine island region (01/15/12)
MANILA, Philippines -- A moderate earthquake roused people from sleep but caused no injuries or damage in the northern Philippines early Sunday, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the magnitude-5.7 earthquake hit the Babuyan Islands region off the country's mountainous north. Philippine officials placed its magnitude at 5.5...
Iran says CIA behind nuclear scientist's killing (01/15/12)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said Saturday it has evidence that the United States was behind the recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran, state media reported. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was killed in a daylight assassination Wednesday when two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to his car in the Iranian capital. ...
Nepal luring tourists to Buddha's birthplace (01/15/12)
LUMBINI, Nepal -- Nepal's president announced a campaign Saturday to lure hundreds of thousands of tourists and pilgrims this year to visit the area of the country where Buddha was born. President Rambaran Yadav said Nepal is eager to welcome both devotees of Buddha and peace believers to Lumbini, in southwestern Nepal, where Buddha is believed to have been born 2,555 years ago...
Yemenis begin to return to area run by Islamic militants (01/15/12)
SANAA, Yemen -- At least 2,000 displaced Yemenis returned home Friday to a restive area in the country's south that has been under the control of al-Qaida-linked militants for more than seven months. Their return to Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province, provides some of the first civilian views of the Islamic rule the militants have begun to set up in the poorly governed hinterlands of the Arab world's poorest country: a zone where armed men from various Arab countries move about in new Toyota trucks and vow to implement strict Islamic law.. ...
Cruise ship runs aground in Italy (01/15/12)
PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy -- The first course had just been served in the Costa Concordia's dining room when the wine glasses, forks and plates of cuttlefish and mushrooms smashed to the ground. At the magic show in the theater, the trash cans tipped over and the theater curtains turned on their side. Then the hallways tipped, and passengers crawled on bruised knees through the dark. Others jumped alone into the cold Mediterranean Sea...
U.S. Marine video not likely to derail Afghanistan talks (01/15/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A 39-second video purporting to show Marines urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan is straining U.S.-Afghan relations but is not expected to undo months of work aimed at brokering peace with the Taliban. The images have not sparked widespread anti-U.S. protests, and Afghan officials say one battlefield abuse cannot derail the peace process, which has gained momentum in recent months with news that the Taliban will open a political office in Qatar...
Charleston boys basketball team buries Scott County Central with third-quarter spurt (01/15/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Central Braves know all about Charleston's position. The Bluejays sat on the lofty perch of No. 1 entering Friday's game against the Braves, a ranking Charleston assumed in the latest Class 3 state poll that was unveiled earlier in the week...
High school roundup: Perryville boys basketball team downs host to win Chester Invite (01/15/12)
All the scores from Saturday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Jackson girls swimming team captures team title at Rec Center Relays (01/15/12)
Host Jackson won the Rec Center Relays with 114 points at the Southeast Missouri State aquatic center. The Indians won five relay events at Friday's meet. Jericka Helton, Kyleigh Troxel, Jeanette Powell and Shelby Kate McCord combined to win the 200 medley relay, while Powell, Helton and Troxel also won the 600 medley...
High school roundup: Notre Dame girls basketball team falls in double OT (01/15/12)
All the scores from Friday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Ressel's hot hand shoots Oran boys basketball team past St. Vincent (01/15/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- The St. Vincent boys basketball team appeared poised to pull off a comeback Friday night. Seth Ressel had other ideas. Ressel, Oran's sophomore guard, scored 15 of his career-high 30 points in the fourth quarter to help the host Eagles win 59-50...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team's balanced attack sinks Eastern Illinois (01/15/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team won its first three Ohio Valley Conference home games by an average of 17 points. Saturday night's contest against Eastern Illinois looked like it might follow suit when the Redhawks built a 15-point halftime lead...
Eastern Illinois 'buzz saw' chews up Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team (01/15/12)
Eastern Illinois has been the Ohio Valley Conference's most successful women's basketball team over the past four-plus years. The Panthers continued their winning ways Saturday at the expense of Southeast Missouri State by routing the host Redhawks 73-46 behind a career-high 30 points from Mariah King...
Pressey helps Missouri men's basketball team wrangle Longhorns (01/15/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri needed someone to step up, and Phil Pressey was not shy. The sophomore point guard had 18 points, including seven straight to get the ninth-ranked Tigers out of trouble in the second half of an 84-73 victory over Texas on Saturday...
Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team sweeps individual events in dual loss (01/15/12)
The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team captured every individual event title during the Redhawks' season opener Friday night. But Northern Illinois used superior depth to win the dual meet at Houck Field House 190.350 to 190.100. Southeast coach Kristi Ewasko came away satisfied despite the loss...
Shattenkirk delivers win for Blues in shootout (01/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Kevin Shattenkirk scored the only goal in the shootout, and St. Louis' Jaroslav Halak made three saves in the tiebreaker to help the Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday night. St. Louis improved to an NHL-best 18-3-3 at home. The Blues, who have won five of six, are 10-0-2 in their last 12 home games. They had been 0-5 in shootouts and scored on just 1 of 17 attempts this season...
Cardinals ace Carpenter ready to get back to work (01/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter's offseason has gone by so quickly that the St. Louis Cardinals ace still hasn't seen any tape from the World Series victory over Texas. Not even his win in Game 7. "I haven't watched a single thing," Carpenter said. "I wish I could. I just haven't had the time."...
Fisher agrees to replace Spagnuolo as Rams coach (01/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams picked up their third win of a dismal season almost two weeks after they put away the helmets and shoulder pads. The Rams prevailed in a high stakes head-to-head competition with the Miami Dolphins and landed Jeff Fisher for their vacant coaching job. The team said Friday it was finalizing a deal to hire the veteran coach who sat out the 2011 season after 17 years in Tennessee...
Preserve your dress: Professional cleaning and packaging are necessary to keep your dress as pristine as it was on the wedding day (01/15/12)
This story originally appeared in the September issue of iDO, the Southeast Missourian's semiannual magazine for Southeast Missouri brides. To receive a copy of the next issue, email Cheryl Ellis at cellis@semissourian.com. For most women, their wedding dress is the single most expensive clothing item they'll ever buy. It also usually represents the day they felt the most beautiful, the most glamorous, the most elegant. So it shouldn't be left hanging in the back of your closet or collecting dust in the attic. ...
Musical dream: Local Messiah choir to perform in Altenburg and Cape Girardeau (01/15/12)
Several years ago while in Florida, Hope Botwinski heard a local Messiah choir and knew that one day she wanted to bring that same sound to Southeast Missouri. "Call it a dream," Botwinski said. This dream was revived when she learned about the growing shortage of musicians in the Lutheran Church...
Adopt Parker (01/15/12)
Parker is 2 years old. He is already neutered. Parker is available for adoption at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 334-5837.
Adopt Cinder (01/15/12)
Cinder is a schnauser mix with perhaps some Scottie. He is a happy, fun, playful dog that would make a great family pet. For more information, contact Safe Harbor at 243-9823.
Pet of the Week 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
Pet Name: Suede Owner: Tanner Herbst FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Suede's favorite activity involves running and playing.
FYI 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
St. Augustine School, 230 S. U.S. 61 in Kelso, Mo., will host a euchre tournament Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play will start at 7 p.m. For more information, call Brian Ziegler 450-4902. Ag Expo holding beauty pageant The Ag Expo Beauty Pageant will be held at the 26th annual Ag Expo 2012 on Saturday at the Black River Coliseum, 301 S. ...
Ziegler receives Eagle Scout award (01/15/12)
On May 5, Chance Nolan Ziegler of Troop 4016 of Cape Girardeau completed the requirements and was certified as an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America. Ziegler's project consisted of building a free-standing brick wall that rests upon a level excavated foundation of sand and gravel. A secondary project of building a cellar door was also underway...
ConnectionPoint Church pastor leading congregation in spiritual growth, outreach (01/15/12)
Many attend church to be connected with God and other believers. Pastor Chris Vaught of ConnectionPoint Church in Jackson sees the mission of the church to be just that. "We exist to connect people to God and others to ministry," Vaught said. "This is a very exciting time for our church. We're excited and passionate about our faith, serving the community and sharing our faith."...
Poll: Most favor limits on euthanasia (01/15/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Seven in 10 pet owners say they believe animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize animals only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted. Only a quarter of the people who took part in a recent AP-Petside.com poll said animal shelters should sometimes be allowed to put animals down as a population control measure...
New exhibit being added to annual Wildlife Supper (01/15/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The annual Wildlife Supper is slated to offer more food and a greater view of wildlife as a 48-foot exhibit is added to this year's event. "The exhibit contains over 30 of some of the largest deer mounts and wildlife mounts that most guys have every seen. They're jaw-dropping," said Dwayne Maynard, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church, which puts on the supper every year...
Your Generosity (01/15/12)
US Bank donates to Saint Francis Medical Center US Bank donated $1,750 to Saint Francis Medical Center. US Bancorp Foundation donates to organizations that offer support to programs that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low-income families and enhance the cultural and artistic life of the community. Pictured from left are Daryl Leine and Jim Ham, commercial lenders for US Bank; Carrie Copeland, development officer for St. Francis Foundation; and Cindy Friend, treasury management for US Bank.
Warm holiday wishes at Franklin Elementary (01/15/12)
The law firm of Lanzotti and Rau LLC warmed up the winter holiday season by providing more than 250 pairs of gloves and 250 hats to the students at Franklin Elementary School. ...
Fill your mind with good memories (01/15/12)
"Noah, are you asleep?" the wife asked her husband, bedridden in a nursing home. The question came about as I was visiting Noah one afternoon. After talking with his wife, Emma, I attempted to converse with him. He especially needed our company, so I walked over to his bedside and said, "You're just listening to us, aren't you, Noah?"...
Trusting God and facing the unknown (01/15/12)
In 2012 you will have the opportunity to be scared out of your mind. This year there are three Friday the 13th calendar dates, the most any year can hold. As you could probably guess, I am not one who holds to superstitions for dates. The only date that really concerns me is the one that keeps pushing me toward the four-decade mark...
Sapsuckers show up in area in winter (01/15/12)
This is a juvenile male yellow-bellied sapsucker on a pecan tree. A male yellow-bellied sapsucker will have two patches of red feathers. One patch runs across the top of the bird's head. The other is on the front of its neck. A female yellow-bellied sapsucker will have red across the top of her head like the male, but the feathers on the front of her neck are white...
Stephanie Augspurger (01/15/12)
Stephanie K. Henderson Augspurger, 55, of Loveland, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.
JoDonna Schwepker (01/15/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- JoDonna Ann Schwepker, 52, of Chaffee departed this life Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at her mother's home in Chaffee.
Arwin Koch (01/15/12)
Arwin G. Koch, 79, of Gordonville passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1932, in Gordonville, to Arthur and Dora Grossheider Koch. He and Betty Jean Faris were married July 21, 1961, at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville. They had been married nearly 18 years when she passed away July 1, 1979...
Margaret Ostendorf (01/15/12)
Margaret Ostendorf, 64, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Robert Jones Jr. (01/15/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Robert "Bob" Jones Jr., 59, of Anna died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill.
Lloyd Charles Whitledge (01/15/12)
Lloyd Charles Whitledge, 73, of Jackson died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson...
Billy Ray Kimbel (01/15/12)
Billy Ray Kimbel, 73, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 29, 1938, in Cape Girardeau, son of William E. and Mary Elizabeth Miller Kimbel. Billy was a custodian for Cape Girardeau public schools. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Jackson...
Births 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
Son to Kiara Shantenique Jackson of Cairo, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:41 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Name, Keron Francis-Antonio. Weight, 2 pounds, 6 ounces. First child. Ms. Jackson is the daughter of Sebrina Jackson of Cairo and Anthony Marks Sr. of Detroit...
McNeely - Burke (01/15/12)
Donna Sue McNeely and Maj. Joseph Patrick Burke were united in marriage Dec. 31, 2011, at the home of her parents. The Rev. Bart Edwards, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City, N.C., performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald T. McNeely of Morehead City, formerly of Cape Girardeau. Burke is the son of Patricia Burke of Fairview Heights, Ill., and the late Bernard Burke...
Moser - Strickland (01/15/12)
Julie Ann Moser and Kyle William Strickland exchanged wedding vows Oct. 15, 2011, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel. The Rev. Barry Pfanstiel performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Erika Beasley and Zach Rice of Cape Girardeau. Maid of honor was Marcia Herring of Jackson, and bridesmaid was Molly Ford of DeSoto, Ill...
Keele - Voshage (01/15/12)
Annah Jo Keele and Nicholas David Voshage were married Aug. 13, 2011, at Cape County Cowboy Church in Oak Ridge. The Rev. Jim Matthews performed the ceremony. Vocalist was Michael May of Jackson. The French Quartet also sang. The bride is the daughter of Steven and Rita Keele of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Joe and Ruby Voshage of Jackson...
LeGrand - Youngblood (01/15/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Timothy and Christy LeGrand of Benton and Jennifer and Mike Dunaway of Augusta, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith LeGrand, to Jake Youngblood. He is the son of Mike and Donna Youngblood of Aiken, S.C. LeGrand received a master of health science in occupational therapy at Medical College of Georgia. She is employed at the VA Medical Center in Augusta...
Harper - Shadforth (01/15/12)
Paul and Pam Harper of Birmingham, Ala., formerly of Jackson, announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Victoria Harper of California, Md., to Capt. Scott Shadforth of Patuxent River, Md. He is the son of Maj. and Mrs. A.G. Shadforth of Merritt Island, Fla...
Casper - Quesada (01/15/12)
Ken Casper of Millstadt, Ill., and Tina Collins of Oak Ridge announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Christine Casper, to Richard Dale Quezada. Casper is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School. She received an associate degree in nursing from Southeast Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is an assistant department administrator and registered nurse at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center in California...
Golike - Steffens (01/15/12)
Susan Golike of Cape Girardeau and Glenn Golike of Austin, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Margaret Golike, to Adam Louis Steffens. He is the son of Gary and Carol Steffens of Jackson. Golike is a 2003 graduate of Central High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in social work in 2008, and a bachelor of science in nursing in 2011, both at Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed at Southeast Hospital...
Poff - Lohmann (01/15/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Alec and Sarah Poff of Blue Springs, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Ellen Poff, to Chris Lohmann. He is the son of Terry and Mary Lohmann of Perryville. Poff is a 2004 graduate of Blue Springs High School. She received a bachelor of journalism and bachelor of arts and science from the University of Missouri in 2008. She is sponsorship coordinator for the American Optometric Association...
Browne - Hyde (01/15/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- E.J. and Debbi Browne of Pflugerville, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Michelle Browne, to Ryan Michael Hyde, both of Columbia. He is the son of Mike and Diane Hyde of Des Peres, Mo. Browne is a 2005 graduate of Notre Dame High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from the University of Missouri in 2008. She expects to receive a juris doctor degree from the university's School of Law in May...
Woodfin - 65 years (01/15/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Woodfin of Advance celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception Saturday at Bethel General Baptist Church. Hosts were their children. Woodfin and Gavada Corbin were married Jan. 16, 1947, in Piggott, Ark...
Jackson police and fire reports 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Amber M. Birge, 26, 616 W. Washington St., No. 3, received a summons for failure to register motor vehicle. @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Theft was reported in the 900 block of East Jackson Boulevard...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: * At 1:07 a.m., a citizen assist on Bloomfield Road...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Aaron Davis, 47, of Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for stealing motor vehicle parts. @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Maria N. Davis, 29, 757 Woodbine Place, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation for driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
Members of Habitat for Humanity had hoped to get their first Cape Girardeau project off the ground this week with the moving of a house on Pacific Street; but it looks like the project will be stalled, because it will cost nearly $4,000 to cut and resplice six telephone cables along the three-block route through which the house would have to travel...
School menus Jan. 16 to 20 (01/15/12)
MONDAY--No classes. TUESDAY--Crispito with nacho cheese sauce or ham & cheese on bun, candied carrots, cinnamon applesauce, granola trail mix cookie. WEDNESDAY--Chicken noodle soup & toasted cheese sandwich or peanut butter sandwich or turkey & cheese on bun, fresh veggies with ranch dressing, pineapple...
Dress code forum (01/15/12)
On Monday the Cape Girardeau School District held its first of two public forums on a proposed dress code. About 100 people attended the forum to learn more about the issue and give their opinion. Three members from the dress code committee gave an abbreviated presentation on the proposal, noting the suggested positive benefits of a new uniform policy. Following their presentation, 29 individuals spoke for about 90 minutes on the issue, the majority voicing their opposition to the proposal...
Be a positive influence (01/15/12)
One of my favorite people, Ronald Reagan, exuded confidence and optimism -- characteristics of American people that seem to be in short supply today. Even in the darkest days of the 1980s he did not see darkness and fear but saw it being "Morning in America again."...
Speak Out 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
GREAT piece by Paul Greenberg on Cape Girardeau native Richard Kinder. In his column, Greenberg praised Kinder for saying exactly what's on his mind. Would it be fair to say that Mr. Kinder can afford to? Casino signing SOME were wondering why there wasn't more excitement on the day of the signing of your name at the Isle of Capri casino in Cape Girardeau. Would you be excited and proud of signing your name to something that is going to be the demise of your fine city, Cape Girardeau?...
Prayer 1/15/12 (01/15/12)
O Lord Jesus, thank you that we are never too far from your grace. Amen.
Red-headed woodpecker (01/15/12)
This woodpecker is relatively uncommon around here. Notice the Downy woodpecker below the Red-head.
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