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Stories from Sunday, March 11, 2012

Peacocks delight generations at Cape County Memorial Park (03/11/12)
Visitors to Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery since the 1970s have been able to see something not usually expected in a graveyard -- peacocks. Office manager Barbara Rushing said the birds have been on the property longer than the 28 years she has been working at the cemetery. ...
Santorum: 'I have different visions' for U.S. than Obama (03/11/12)
Fresh off his win in Kansas, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum brought his staunch conservative message to Cape Girardeau on Saturday in hopes of parlaying some time spent in Missouri into its 52 delegates that are up for grabs in less than a week.
3rd annual Heart for Africa benefit draws more than 500 (03/11/12)
More than 500 people were able to see what life was like on an African farmn during the third annual Celebrate Hope benefit Saturday. The event at the Venue in Cape Girardeau showed pictures and art of children who have been served by Heart for Africa, a not-for-profit relief aid organization that works in Swaziland, Africa. Live chickens and goats were on display and could be sponsored by attendees for the Project Canaan farm, and there were live and silent auctions...
Suspect who shot self may have assaulted other women, Cape police say (03/11/12)
With the suspect still in an intensive care unit, two women have come forward with claims that he may be the same man who tried to sexually force himself on them in the days -- and in one case minutes -- before he allegedly attacked a women at gunpoint Sunday near a Cape Girardeau trail...
Senators urge Obama to approve disaster declaration (03/11/12)
Missouri's U.S. senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday encouraging approval of Gov. Jay Nixon's request for a disaster declaration for 18 counties damaged by the Feb. 29 tornado outbreak. According to a news release from the Senate, Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt are asking the president to respond promptly to the request...
New SHOW Mobile partnership to help extend services (03/11/12)
Southeast Missouri State University announced a new partnership with SEMO Health Network on Friday that representatives of both say will extend mobile medical and dental services from the SHOW Mobile farther into the Bootheel than ever before. The SHOW (Southeast Health on Wheels) Mobile is a 38-foot-long specially designed bus that includes a medical exam area, full dental suite, lab and office area. ...
Federal funds available to help rural economic development (03/11/12)
The Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge could help bring funds and jobs to Southeast Missouri. Announced by the USDA last week, the program will provide $15 million in grants to not-for-profit and government organizations in 20 regions nationwide in an effort to expand business opportunities in rural areas...
Ground broken for Melaina's Magical Playland (03/11/12)
Supporters of Melaina's Magical Playland break ground at the sight of the all-accessible playground Friday at Cape County Park North.
Hydraulic hose plant in Charleston closing (03/11/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- For the second time in one week, a Southeast Missouri employer has announced its closing. The Gates Corp., based in Denver, confirmed the Gates Rubber Co. in Charleston will close, leaving 127 people without jobs. The plant, 1300 Plant Road, makes hydraulic hoses used in tractors and airplanes...
History projects from across Southeast Missouri judged in Cape (03/11/12)
Southeast Missouri State University students Wayne Dierker and Rebecca Schmitt judge a history project titled "Methodist Reform" Friday morning in Cape Girardeau. Five hundred junior high and high school students from Southeast Missouri competed for awards in exhibit, media, performance, historical paper and websites...
Route OO in Cape County to be closed for pipe replacement (03/11/12)
Route OO from Route HH to County Road 382 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed Monday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signs will mark the work zone. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
House approves early retirement option for state workers to save taxpayer dollars (03/11/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, R-Lake St. Louis, is seeking to save the state some money without losing any more state employees. Gatschenberger is sponsor a bill that would give a cash incentive up to $20,000 to state employees who take early retirement during a three month period at the beginning of 2013. ...
USS Enterprise making final voyage (03/11/12)
NORFOLK, Va. -- When the makers of "Top Gun" were filming on board the USS Enterprise, they donated a set of black fuzzy dice to liven up the ship's otherwise drab interior. A quarter-century later, the dice will still be dangling inside the tower of "the Big E" as the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sets sail on its final voyage today...
Occupy Wall Street in NYC says it's low on money (03/11/12)
NEW YORK -- Occupy Wall Street in New York City could run out of cash in a matter of weeks. A finance report shows the group that galvanized the nationwide movement against economic inequality six months ago had about $45,000 left in its main account. That's for the week of March 2. Weekly donations plummeted to about $1,600...
Va. Tech president testifies: ‘I tried my best' (03/11/12)
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech's president on Friday defended his actions during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, saying in court: "I tried my best." President Charles Steger testified for two hours at a wrongful death trial brought by the families of two students killed during the April 16, 2007, campus attack. ...
‘America is coming back,' President Obama says (03/11/12)
HOUSTON -- Raising campaign cash in Republican territory, President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a rebounding economy and accused Republicans of banking on voters having "amnesia" about the steps that led to a brutal economic collapse. "The recovery is accelerating. America is coming back," Obama told 600 supporters at a Texas fundraiser...
Santorum takes Kansas; Romney counters in Wyoming (03/11/12)
WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses in a rout Saturday and Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney countered in Wyoming, a weekend prelude to suddenly pivotal Southern primary showdowns in the week ahead. "Things have an amazing way of working out," Santorum told supporters in Missouri, where he traced his campaign through a series of highs and lows. ...
Today in History (03/11/12)
Today is Sunday, March 11, the 71st day of 2012. There are 295 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan's northeastern coast, a combined disaster that killed nearly 20,000 people and caused grave damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl...
Afghanistan opens first major railroad (03/11/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- More than a century ago, fearing that his country might be swallowed up in the Great Game rivalry between the British empire to the east and the Russian army to the north, an Afghan king made a radical decision: He banned railroads...
Syria assaults opposition as diplomacy staggers (03/11/12)
BEIRUT -- Syria launched a long-anticipated assault to crush the opposition in the rebellious north on Saturday, bombarding its main city with tank shells from all sides and clashing with rebel fighters struggling to hold back an invasion. President Bashar Assad rejected any immediate negotiations with the opposition, striking a further blow to already staggering international efforts for talks to end to the conflict. ...
Fifteen Gaza militants killed by Iraeli airstrikes (03/11/12)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel pounded Gaza for the second day in a row Saturday, trading airstrikes and rocket fire with Palestinian militants and killing 15 of them as the deadliest Gaza violence in over a year showed no signs of abating. Despite Egyptian efforts to mediate a cease-fire, Palestinians fired more than 100 rockets, some striking major cities in southern Israel and seriously wounding an Israeli civilian. ...
Quake, tsunami anniversary marked in Japan (03/11/12)
TOKYO -- Japan on Sunday was remembering the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation one year ago, killing just over 19,000 people and unleashing the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter-century. Along the tsunami-battered northeastern coast, in Tokyo and elsewhere, memorial ceremonies were planned to mark 2:46 p.m. -- the precise moment the magnitude-9.0 earthquake hit on March 11, 2011...
Scott County Central boys basketball team earns fifth consecutive trip to final four (03/11/12)
The Scott County Central boys basketball team defeated Eminence 65-51 in a Class 1 state quarterfinal Saturday.
Oran boys basketball team's charge to final four falls short (03/11/12)
The Oran boys basketball team fell to Hayti 74-48 in a Class 2 state quarterfinal Saturday.
Southeast Missouri State baseball team earns split at Wright State (03/11/12)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team snapped its four-game losing streak Friday by beating host Wright State 10-7. Defending Horizon League regular-season and tournament champion WSU then silenced Southeast's bats during Saturday's 2-0 victory...
Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team's eason-best score not enough vs. Auburn (03/11/12)
It has not been a vintage season for the Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team, which has struggled to find consistency. But the Redhawks are hoping to finish strong, and they took a major step in the right direction during Friday's meet against visiting Auburn at Houck Field House...
Southeast Missouri State softball team rallies to dump Morehead State in Ohio Valley Conference opener (03/11/12)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team ended its nine-game losing streak in dramatic fashion Saturday. Cheyenne Gipson's bases-loaded walk capped a six-run bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Redhawks past visiting Morehead State 11-10. But Southeast was unable to sweep the Ohio Valley Conference-opening doubleheader. The Eagles posted a 3-1 win in the nightcap...
Missouri men's basketball team snares Big 12 tourney title on way out (03/11/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It seemed as if everybody was rooting against Missouri, the school that nearly brought the Big 12 to ruin, and you can be sure coach Frank Haith and the rest of the Tigers heard them. They made sure to leave a lasting impression on their way to the SEC...
Rams land multiple picks in deal with Redskins (03/11/12)
WASHINGTON -- Washington Redskins receiver Anthony Armstrong, who hopes to be catching passes soon from Robert Griffin III, tweeted that "Stock in Superman socks just sky rocketed." Especially if someone can make them in burgundy and gold. More pertinent was the reaction from someone who figures to be blocking for the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor...
Johnson helps Marlins down Cardinals 3-1 (03/11/12)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Miami Marlins will be thrilled if Josh Johnson is as effective on opening day against the St. Louis Cardinals as he was in these two spring starts. Johnson struck out three and allowed one hit over 2 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday in a 3-1 win over the Cardinals...
Elliott keeps Blues rolling in St. Louis (03/11/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Brian Elliott made 21 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Saturday to tie a franchise record with their 29th home victory of the season. St. Louis is an NHL-best 29-4-4 at home with four games left. The Blues went 29-7-4 at home in 1980-81...
Awards 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
Nine Perryville High School art students have work on display in Southeast Missouri State University's 34th annual high school art exhibition, "Exhibiting Excellence." The students are Macy Schnurbusch; Kelsey Vernon, daughter of Roger and Norma Vernon; Nicole Stone, daughter of Kathleen Cosby, Richard Weibrecht and Kevin Stone; Falina Boyer, daughter of Diane Boyer; Cody Morrison, son of Rodney Morrison and Susan Turner; Matt Busch, son of Patty and Rocky Busch; Ashley Moll, daughter of Tim and Cheryl Moll; Ali Koenig, daughter of Crystal Koenig and Doug and Cydney Koenig; and Gabriel Aguirre, a foreign exchange student from Mexico.. ...
Pet of the Week 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
Name: Oscar Owners: Ryan Lane and Stacy Dohogne Lane Favorite Activity: Oscar is a Schnauzer/Beagle Mix and he loves food of any kind and his Kong. ...
Adopt Lilly (03/11/12)
Lilly is a 4-year-old small white fluffy cat with big personality. She's playful and a good time, yet also loves attention from children and adults. For more information, call Safe Harbor at 243-9823.
Adopt Roxie (03/11/12)
Roxie is 7 months old. She is already spayed. Roxie is available for adoption at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 334-5837.
Your Generosity 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
Midwest Neurosurgeons is sponsoring the Cape Girardeau American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for the third year in a row. The 2012 theme for the event is movies, inspiring Midwest Neurosurgeons' team name "Dr. Fonn and the Sundance Kids," a play on the popular Western film. ...
FYI 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
St. Denis Parish Center in Benton, Mo., will host a Lenten luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dennis Lowe. St. Lawrence Parish Center in New Hamburg, Mo., is hosting a spring dinner and country store from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 18. Tickets are available for adults at $8, children 6 to 12 $4 and children 5 and younger are free. Carry-outs are available...
Cox finds his calling in music ministry (03/11/12)
Anyone who visits Fruitland Community Church on a Sunday morning can expect to be led in music by worship leader Jordan Cox. A Jackson native, Cox, 24, described his responsibilities as "continually praying and providing opportunities to encounter Christ."...
Pampering pets with healthier products (03/11/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Like many pet owners, customers at April Lawrence's pet bakery and boutique in central Iowa want the best for their four-legged family members. That means high-quality, safe and eco-friendly products, from organic food and treats to BPA-free toys and water dishes. And they don't mind paying extra...
South Carolina garden collects pre-1900 camellia varieties (03/11/12)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A South Carolina garden's goal of creating the world's largest collection of ancient camellias is a bit closer with the addition of about 200 ancient varieties in recent years, including about 100 brought from Europe in recent months...
Good Samaritan Chronicles (03/11/12)
For at least the next two months, the Southeast Missourian will collect submitted stories about the good things happening in the community. On the first Sunday of each month, some of these stories will be published. They will appear on Page 1, our Sunday Perspective page and in our Good Times section. ...
The vulnerability of humankind (03/11/12)
So you think you're tough? You think you have it all together? You think you have your feelings in check? Well, think again. As I dined in a local restaurant recently, my heart quivered as I watched a father and his three children sitting at a nearby table. The children seemed to be enjoying their meal and trying to appear happy. I watched the dad as he frantically attempted to assure that the children had a fun time...
God knows everything the sun's rays touch (03/11/12)
This is possibly the worst Sunday of the year. Daylight saving time ends. Now come Sunday evening and Monday morning I'm going to be thrilled. The day is longer. It's not dark 20 minutes after I get home. Soon every day, not just a select few, will be warmer. The loss of the precious hour of sleep is worth the sacrifice, yet trying to remain not just vertical but functional this Sunday morning is just going to be a challenge...
An early spring beauty (03/11/12)
In early spring before the oaks, hickories, maples and tulip trees bear new leaves, small woodland wildflowers begin to bloom. These wildflowers need sunlight in order to grow and produce seed. Tall trees reach out far and high to form a forest canopy. As the trees grow leaves, the canopy closes off sunlight, putting much of the forest floor in shade. ...
'Avatar' director plans record dive (03/11/12)
WASHINGTON -- A calm James Cameron has broken his own record with the world's deepest solo submarine dive, plunging 5.1 miles in the Pacific Ocean near Papua New Guinea, the filmmaker said Thursday. But that's nothing. He said he plans later this month to descend to the deepest place on Earth...
Winferd Upchurch (03/11/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Winferd Upchurch, 93, of Glenallen, Mo., passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, at his residence. He was born Feb. 25, 1919, second son of Oscar and Octa Rhodes Upchurch. He married LaVerne Aliene Woods at Corning, Ark., on Nov. 9, 1945, shortly after returning from military service. He served his country in the U.S. Army for four years in the Pacific, Australia and New Guinea with the 43rd Engineers...
Jessie Abernathy (03/11/12)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Jessie Lee Abernathy, 92, of Morley passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born April 15, 1919, at Oran, Mo., to the late William and Ada Taylor Black. Mrs. Abernathy was married Oct. 14, 1933, and her husband Mack preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1975...
Lois Leazenby (03/11/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Lois Johnson Leazenby, 96, of Advance passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born July 31, 1915, at Advance, the daughter of Volga and Bertha Mae Richmond Adkins. Lois was united in marriage to Henry Johnson on Sept. 15, 1934, at Advance. He preceded her in death May 30, 1980. She later married George Leazenby. They were united in marriage July 14, 1990, at Delta, and he preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1998...
Births 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
Son to Robert Michael and Bethany Lynn Cummins of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 9:37 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012. Name, Logan Dominick Arthur. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Fourth child, third son. Mrs. Cummins is the former Bethany Newton, daughter of Penelope Newton and David Sharp of Cape Girardeau. Cummins is the son of Brandie Cummins and Glen Cummins of Cape Girardeau. He is employed with Cummins MMA...
Hahs - Goetz (03/11/12)
Molly Katherine Hahs and Eric Brandon Goetz were married Nov. 12, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson. The Rev. John Harth performed the ceremony. Pianist was Regina Bullinger and soloist was Darlene Bullinger, both of Jackson...
Blue - Landewee (03/11/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Kristy Michelle Blue and Timothy Allen Landewee were married Oct. 1, 2011, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg, Mo. The Rev. Lewis Hejna and the Rev. Michael Casteel performed the ceremony. Organist was Cheryl Kern of Chaffee. Vocalists were Chris Scherer of Oran, Mo., brother-in-law of the groom; Dolly Kluesner, aunt of the bride, and Samantha Kluesner, cousin of the bride, both of Chaffee...
Meyer - Reagan (03/11/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Chantelle Renee Meyer and Derik Ivan Reagan were married Nov. 5, 2011, at St. Maurus Catholic Church in Biehle, Mo. The Rev. Anthony Dattilo performed the ceremony. Organist was Lucy Meyer and soloist was Debbie Myers. The bride is the daughter of Dale and Lisa Meyer of Perryville. The groom is the son of Mike and Cathy Reagan of Patton, Mo., and Joseph and Meliaa Chacon of Albuquerque, N.M...
Brueggeman - Ludwig (03/11/12)
Marianne McCormick of Cape Girardeau announces the engagement of her daughter, Deana Marie Brueggeman, to Chad Eric Ludwig. He is the son of Charlie and Mary Ludwig of Jackson. Brueggeman is also the daughter of the late Dean McCormick. Brueggeman is a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. ...
Cook - Brinkmeyer (03/11/12)
Michael and Lynda Cook of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Kathleen Cook, to David John Brinkmeyer, both of O'Fallon, Mo. He is the son of David and Jean Brinkmeyer of O'Fallon. Cook is a 2006 graduate of Central High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010, and plans to attend pharmaceutical school this fall. She is a clinical affairs specialist at bioMerieux Inc. in St. Louis...
Bridges - Duncan (03/11/12)
Tom L. and Carol Bridges of Tamms, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Arlene Bridges, to Joshua Kane Duncan, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Deborah Duncan of Cape Girardeau. Bridges is a 1998 graduate of Egyptian High School...
Riley - McCrate (03/11/12)
Rick and Shirley Riley of Kirksville, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Kent Riley, to Christopher Mathew McCrate, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is the son of Mike and Mary Kay McCrate of Jackson. Riley is a graduate of Kirksville High School. ...
Horrell - Westbrook (03/11/12)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Stephanie Ann Horrell and Jeremy Kenneth Westbrook announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Dennis and Pam Horrell of Leopold. He is the son of Kenneth and Mary Gayle Westbrook of Advance, Mo. Horrell is a 1999 graduate of Leopold High School. She received an associate degree in court and conference reporting from Meramec Community College in St. Louis. She owns a court reporting business in Southeast Missouri...
Hanners - Bollinger (03/11/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Scott and Tammy Hanners of Marble Hill announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hanners, to Eric James Bollinger. He is the son of Carson and Shelly Bollinger of Sedgewickville, Mo. Hanners is a 2009 graduate of Meadow Heights High School at Patton, Mo. She received an associate degree in nursing from Southeast Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2011. She is employed at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Jackson police and fire 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
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Cape Girardeau police report 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
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Out of the past 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
The Southeast Missouri Home Builders Association is urging the city council to implement construction trades licensing as a means of improving building code enforcement. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House of Representatives gives overwhelming approval to a bill sponsored by Rep. Marvin Proffer of Jackson giving citizens an opportunity to vote June 2 on whether any windfall from federal tax reform should be used to enhance state services or be refunded to taxpayers...
School menus for March 12 to 16 (03/11/12)
Cape Girardeau Elementary MONDAY--Chicken nuggets or turkey & cheese on bun, chicken & herb rice, peaches. TUESDAY--Taco salad or ham & cheese on bun, candied carrots, apple sections. WEDNESDAY--Breaded pork chop & brown gravy or turkey & cheese on bun, whipped potatoes, brown gravy, hot roll, pineapple...
The Catholic position on birth control and the government mandate (03/11/12)
It is important to be clear that the Catholic Church is not opposed to couples limiting their number of children. In fact, the Church encourages couples in the direction of what is called "responsible parenthood." According to Catholic teaching, a husband and wife should thoughtfully and prayerfully take into account both their own welfare and that of their children when deciding on how many children to have...
Severe weather (03/11/12)
It's probably not necessary to have an awareness week to remind everyone of the dangers of weather in Southeast Missouri. The leap-day tornadoes were a grim reminder of the devastation that can happen when warm and cold air masses collide. Despite the recent events, the National Weather Service and the State Emergency Management Agency will use this week to help deliver the message of safety when (and before) severe weather strikes...
Alternatives to deer hunting (03/11/12)
It came as no surprise to me when I read in the Southeast Missourian this morning that the committee vote favors urban deer hunting 4-to-1. What's new? This has been a one-sided discussion for months. Most of the members have been for urban deer hunting since the beginning of these discussions...
Speak Out 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Gary Garner on being named coach of the year. Gary, we always knew you were a great coach and a great person. 'The Pajama Game' I wanted to comment on the Southeast Missouri State University production of "The Pajama Game." Anyone that did not see it really missed a wonderful show. ...
Prayer 3/11/12 (03/11/12)
O Heavenly Father, my tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.
Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary's Adorable Adoptable (03/11/12)
Dutch is a black and white short-haired cat that was born in April of 2009. She lost her right eye due to an injury, but certainly doesn't let that hold her back! She is a funny little girl! Dutch loves to be loved, but has an independent streak a mile wide. She's ready to be a ray of sunshine in someone's life!! Please contact Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary at 243-9823 to find out all the details about Dutch!...
Peaceful Setting (03/11/12)
A dock on the water at Cape County Park South makes for a very peaceful setting on a warm day in early March .
Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge (03/11/12)
It was a warm day with a perfect blue sky for being out around Cape Girardeau to take pictures. This one is of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.

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