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Stories from Thursday, October 4, 2012

Work on the Little River Drainage District began 100 years ago today (10/04/12)
When people think of Southeast Missouri's landscape today, many conjure up images of the small, rural towns that dot the area or perhaps the region's vast and productive farmland. But it's doubtful most think of the work that began 100 years ago today on the Little River Drainage Project...
Nordenia in Jackson bought by German company Mondi (10/04/12)
Nordenia, which operates two packaging plants employing about 400 people in Cape Girardeau County, has been acquired by Mondi, headquartered in Greven, Germany. Mondi is an international packaging and paper group, with production operations across 29 countries. The group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2011, Mondi Group employed 23,400 people...
Woman accused of slapping Cape Girardeau nursing home patient pleads guilty (10/04/12)
A Cape Girardeau woman charged with backhanding a nursing home patient across the face pleaded guilty Wednesday. Sherri L. Sprenger, a nurse's aid, was accused of slapping a 98-year-old patient in the face at her former place of employment, The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau...
Study for highway connecting Cape, Paducah to begin in January (10/04/12)
Work is set to start in January on a study to determine the best route for a new four-lane highway to connect Cape Girardeau with Paducah, Ky. The Illinois Department of Transportation will oversee the first tier of an environmental-impact statement required by federal law to study route concepts and select a corridor for the new 40- to 50-mile stretch of road crossing five Southern Illinois counties...
Burglary charges hit 17 for Jackson man (10/04/12)
They stole with abandon, day or night, swiping anything from change in car consoles to high-tech electronics. They took hundred-dollar tennis shoes, video games and they snatched more than one big-screen television. One time a guitar. Another, personalized plates. Sometimes, nothing...
Cape Girardeau County public administrator candidates make case for election (10/04/12)
Candidates for Cape Girardeau County public administrator took to the podium Wednesday at Chateau Girardeau to answer questions about their qualifications for the job from members of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. Mary Cotner, a Democrat and physical therapist, and Lisa Reitzel, a Republican and nurse for a surgery center, outlined their goals for office and talked to the group about how they perceive the role of public administrator in the lives of individuals for whom they'll serve as a court-appointed guardian, those individuals' families and the administrators of health care facilities and social service agencies they will likely encounter in the course of a day's work.. ...
Pink Ribbon luncheon held Wednesday in Cape (10/04/12)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Pat Boyd, left, is joined by her friends, Sheila Cunningham, Janet Varnon and Carol Miller, at her table for the ninth annual Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. ...
Sikeston man accused of sexual assault (10/04/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A man who worked at the SEMO Food Bank was charged this week with sexually assaulting a person who volunteered at the organization. Roger B. Woolsey was charged Monday with felony sexual assault for allegedly inappropriately touching a female, whose age wasn't given in a police probable-cause statement, while she was staying at his home. The two weren't in a relationship, according to the victim...
Three arrested for reported Cape Girardeau burglary (10/04/12)
Three suspects face charges of stealing and second-degree burglary after their weekend arrests. According to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey, officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Briarwood Drive about 5 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of suspicious activity at a home. When the officers arrived, witnesses confirmed the suspicious activity and gave a description of a man and two women who had by then fled the scene...
No injuries in Tuesday night home fire (10/04/12)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a structure fire at around 9 p.m. Tuesday that confronted firefighters with moderate smoke and heat. According to a spokesman for the fire department, the fire occurred at 58 Rivercrest Drive in the home's kitchen. ...
Southeast gets agriculture grant from USDA (10/04/12)
Southeast Missouri State University was awarded the Missouri Higher Education Partnership for Agriculture Relevancy grant by the USDA, according to a Wednesday news release. The two-year grant is worth $30,000 and will be used for improving agriculture and renewable resources teaching...
Students participate in Walking School Bus (10/04/12)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Students of Alma Schrader Elementary School participate in Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. ...
Commission awards contract for Highway 51 bridge work (10/04/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a $74,845 contract to Lehman Construction LLC of California, Mo., for the replacement of the railing on a bridge on Highway 51 in Stoddard County. The bridge is just south of Route K near Puxico, Mo...
Highway 34 in Wayne County reduced for pavement work (10/04/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 34 in Wayne County, between U.S. 67 and Route FF, will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal the roadway with a mixture of rock and oil. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Drought worsens in some key Midwest farming states; Missouri not as dry (10/04/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The nation's worst drought in decades is showing no sign of letting up in several key Midwest farming states, worrying farmers harvesting the summer's withered corn crop in record time that their winter crops may also be at risk. Overall drought conditions in the lower 48 states held steady over the seven-day period ending Tuesday, with about one-fifth of the total land area in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst classifications, according to the U.S. ...
Gov. Nixon asks deer hunters to help feed the needy in Missouri (10/04/12)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Deer hunting season is upon us, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking hunters to help families in need. Nixon was traveling to Columbia, Independence and St. Charles on Wednesday to speak at Bass Pro Shops and encourage deer hunters to donate venison to the Share the Harvest program...
Sweetener company CEO headed back to Missouri (10/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri officials say the former head of an artificial sweetener company has agreed to return from California to face charges of theft and securities fraud stemming from a failed factory project. Bruce Cole was chairman and CEO of Mamtek U.S. Inc., which received $39 million of industrial development bonds from the city of Moberly to build a sweetener plant...
McCaskill raises $5.8M; Akin backs abortion remark (10/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill touted a $5.8 million fundraising haul for her re-election campaign Wednesday as Republican challenger Todd Akin sought to raise cash amid new attention to his remarks about abortion. McCaskill's campaign promoted her quarterly fundraising totals as a record for a Missouri Senate candidate nearing an election. ...
Secret Cold War testing in St. Louis raises concerns (10/04/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Doris Spates was a baby when her father died inexplicably in 1955. She has watched four siblings die of cancer, and she survived cervical cancer. After learning that the Army conducted secret chemical testing in her impoverished St. Louis neighborhood at the height of the Cold War, she wonders if her own government is to blame...
Presidential candidates clash over economy in first debate (10/04/12)
DENVER -- In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. "The status quo is not going to cut it," declared the challenger...
'Batman' charged with obstructing Michigan police (10/04/12)
PETOSKEY, Mich. -- The search for a driver who fled an accident scene in northern Michigan last weekend apparently was a job for a dog, not a bat. State troopers arrested 33-year-old Mark Wayne Williams because they say he refused to leave them alone after he showed up Saturday night wearing a Batman costume...
Stocks edge up (10/04/12)
NEW YORK -- A pair of encouraging economic reports helped nudge the stock market higher Wednesday. Measures of business activity in the service sector and job growth last month came in better than economists had expected. The market's gains were held in check by a slump in energy stocks and Hewlett-Packard's 13 percent plunge. In a meeting with analysts and investors, Meg Whitman, H-P's CEO, predicted weak earnings and sales for the foreseeable future...
U.S. births down again as baby bust an economic trend (10/04/12)
NEW YORK -- Births in the United States fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy is still dampening enthusiasm for having children. Fewer than four million births were counted last year -- the lowest number since 1998...
Tough territory a border probe obstacle (10/04/12)
PHOENIX -- Investigators searching a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border for clues into the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent face a treacherous territory that is heavily used by drug smugglers, offers many hiding places and is close enough to Mexico for traffickers to make a quick getaway...
Meningitis cases at 26 in 5 states (10/04/12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has sickened at least 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. Four people have died, and more cases are expected...
Cash-strapped states weigh tax policy on drilling (10/04/12)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For decades, one tiny county in the rolling hills of Ohio's rural reaches was a depressed farm community saddled with double-digit unemployment. Now, Carroll County boasts more active oil and gas wells than any other in the state, and the tax dollars are flowing right along with the crude and natural gas...
Chicago police find about 1,000 pot plants in city (10/04/12)
CHICAGO -- In Chicago, a bustling urban metropolis where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room to grow something a little more organic: Marijuana. The plants grew even taller than the tallest Chicago Bulls. ...
Today in History (10/04/12)
Today is Thursday, Oct. 4, the 278th day of 2012. There are 88 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Oct. 4, 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. James R. Hoffa was elected president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The family comedy series "Leave It to Beaver" premiered on CBS...
Islamists in Mali recruit child soldiers (10/04/12)
MOPTI, Mali -- Salif Haidara sat drinking tea on the side of the road with other weary bus passengers when a man with a turban and a long beard approached them: Did they want to become holy warriors? The skinny teen had left his poor hometown in the desert with only the yellow tank top, pants and plastic flip-flops he was wearing. Now Salif was being told he could earn $30 a day for himself and $400 a month for his family -- an enormous sum for a boy who had just turned 16...
Iran tightens grip to stem fall of country's currency (10/04/12)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities used aggressive measures Wednesday in an attempt to halt the nosedive of the country's currency, making arrests, vowing to stamp out sidewalk money changers and warning merchants against fueling the mounting public anger over the economy...
Man gives up protest on top of St. Peter's Basilica (10/04/12)
VATICAN CITY -- An Italian man gave up his protest atop the St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday evening, after more than 24 hours perched on the 426-foot dome to demonstrate against government reforms. Two firefighters helped pull Marcello De Finizio inside the basilica a full day after he had eluded Vatican security to scale the dome and unfurl a banner reading: "Help! Enough Monti!" -- referring to President Mario Monti, the architect of Italy's economic reforms...
Coke, Samsung pull ads from Vietnam website (10/04/12)
HANOI, Vietnam -- Coca-Cola and Samsung have pulled their advertising from a popular Vietnamese website notorious for providing unlicensed downloads of Western and local songs, in a rare victory against online piracy in a country where it has grown unchecked...
Rights group report: Hamas security forces abusing Palestinians (10/04/12)
JERUSALEM -- An international rights group said Wednesday that Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip commit rampant abuses against Palestinian prisoners, including beatings with metal clubs and rubber hoses, mock executions and arbitrary arrests, and urged the Islamic militant group to swiftly reform its criminal justice system...
Turkey fires at Syria after shelling (10/04/12)
BEIRUT -- Turkish artillery fired on Syrian targets Wednesday after shelling from Syria struck a border village in Turkey, killing five civilians, sharply escalating tensions between the two neighbors and prompting NATO to convene an emergency meeting...
ND falls in district championship match (10/04/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The Notre Dame Regional High School girls tennis team put up a strong fight Wednesday. But the Bulldogs could not prevent host Kennett from winning its sixth straight Class 1 District 1 title. Kennett used a pair of marathon singles matches as the springboard to a 5-2 victory in the district championship match...
Central softball team notches first-round district tournament victory (10/04/12)
Sarah Kitchen saw it. The sophomore catcher knew she had a shot and thankfully for the Central softball team, she took it. Kitchen back-picked Hillboro's Hannah Evans at third base in the top of the fourth inning to end a major rally and propel the Tigers to a 10-5 win in the opening round of the Class 4, District 1 tournament Wednesday evening at the Jackson City Park...
ND outlasts Jackson in long soccer game (10/04/12)
It took soccer rivals Notre Dame and Jackson a long time to decide their matchup Wednesday night. The game was scoreless after 80 minutes of regulation and also after two 10-minute overtime periods. Both teams converted four of five shots during the first round of penalty kicks, with each goalkeeper making a save...
Area Digest (10/04/12)
Scores of 54 and 55 won the Championship Flight in the Notre Dame Fall Scramble golf tournament held recently at Dalhousie Golf Club. The team of Richie Phillips, Luke McMahan, Todd Hanson and Adam Shasteen carded a 54 to capture top honors among the afternoon tee times...
Build a seat of nails (10/04/12)
Have you ever sat on a seat of nails? Adult supervision is recommended. Materials Instructions STEP 1: Using the hammer, drive 50 nails evenly through the board approximately 1/4th of an inch from each other. STEP 2: Place the seat of nails on a chair. Carefully sit on the seat of nails, distributing your weight onto each nail evenly...
Next Cal (10/04/12)
FRIDAY "Taken 2," rated PG-13 "Pitch Perfect," rated PG-13 SATURDAY SUNDAY NEXT WEEK "Prometheus" "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial Anniversary Edition" "Monster" by KISS "Glad All Over" by the Wallflowers "Aftermath and Ascension" by Coheed and Cambria "Live While We're Young" by One Direction...
Who's Next (10/04/12)
Awards/achievements n Jason Peters of Cape Girardeau completed a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Peters has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco. Scholarships -- From staff reports...
Katherine Spangler (10/04/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Katherine Francis Spangler, 76, of Strattanville, Pa., formerly of Chaffee, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Clarion Community Hospital in Clarion, Pa. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee...
Fern Waddy (10/04/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Fern Marie Waddy, 91, of Cairo, formerly of Olmsted, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at her home. Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill., and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Pryor Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ near Villa Ridge, Ill...
Albert Beussink (10/04/12)
Albert J. Beussink, 86, of Jackson died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at his home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson. An American Legion service will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by parish prayers. The rosary, led by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, will follow parish prayers...
Ronald Hahn (10/04/12)
Ronald D. Hahn, 71, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 27, 1940, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Garnet S. and Bessie Sailors Hahn. He was raised in the Bloomfield, Mo., community by his beloved foster parents, Ruby and Jay Downen...
Junior Holman (10/04/12)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Pink "Junior" Holman, 86, of Matthews died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 1, 1926, in Lamar, Ark., to Pink William and Clara Alpha Grace Holman. He and Ruth Ruff were married Dec. 23, 1948, in Piggott, Ark...
Births 10/4/12 (10/04/12)
Daughter to Cody Ray Cook and Miranda Christine Statler of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:43 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. Name, Elena Christine. Weight, 4 pounds, 8 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Ms. Statler is the daughter of Randy Statler and Gigi Turner of Cape Girardeau. She is employed by SEMO Milling. Cook is the son of Debbie Newell and Bill Newell of Oak Ridge. He is employed with the Pipefitters Union...
Cape Girardeau police report 10/4/12 (10/04/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Assaults Burglaries Theft Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 10/4/12 (10/04/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson fire report 10/4/12 (10/04/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Jackson police report 10/4/12 (10/04/12)
*** JACKSON The Jackson Police Department released the following item. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft * Theft was reported in the 900 block of West Main Street.
Out of the past 10/4/12 (10/04/12)
Aircraft auctions, popular here in the 1970s, are returning to the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport; Ella Dowd, who clerks for Auction-Air, says the first auction will be held here Oct. 20. The Cape Girardeau Chapter of Mended Hearts Inc. holds a reunion at Southeast Missouri Hospital, with about 100 people attending...
Colin Powell and me (10/04/12)
In June and July 1989, I was an Army ROTC cadet, struggling at Fort Lewis, Wash., to complete six weeks of Advanced Camp training. This was the capstone experience at the time before commissioning as a second lieutenant. In almost every category -- physical fitness, weapons qualification and inspections -- I was at or below average in my training platoon...
Special Olympics (10/04/12)
More than 900 athletes and their families will be in town next weekend for the 2012 Special Olympics Missouri State Fall Games. If you've attended past events, you have an idea of how much these games mean to the athletes and their families. These young people face challenges, but there is a sweet spirit in each. The joy they experience when competing is truly heartwarming...
Libertarians, helmet law (10/04/12)
No sooner had Scott Moyers identified himself on the phone than I knew why he was calling. The city council was getting ready to consider a helmet law for scooter riders in Cape. So, if you're a reporter looking for someone to oppose helmet laws, who you gonna call? Libertarians. It was a no-brainer. (No offense, Scott)...
Speak Out 10/4/12 (10/04/12)
For years I participated in the corporate games. Now, I am a spectator. Obviously, I couldn't take in all of the growing number of different kinds of contests. This year, Cape Girardeau's corporate games offered participation in 22 types of games, all the way from softball to disc golf to trivia night. ...
Prayer 10/4/12 (10/04/12)
Lord Jesus, grant us a discerning mind that we may glorify you in all we do. Amen.
Lost Person Behavior class (10/04/12)
Lost person behavior by Robert J. Koester is the cornerstone of search and rescue efforts. Based upon a landmark study, this book is the definitive guide to solving the puzzle of where a lost person might be found. Nowhere else is it possible to learn about the latest subject categories, behavioral profiles, up to date statistics, suggested initial tasks, and specialized investigative questions. ...
A Guide to Healing High Blood Pressure (10/04/12)
High blood pressure, also known as "hypertension," puts your heart and circulatory system at risk. Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of your arteries as it passes through. When it's high, it means that things are not as healthy as they should be...
SCOTT COUNTY 4-H GIRLS COMPETE AT STATE CONTEST (10/04/12)
L-R, Hannah Duenne, Kinsey Pratt, Allison Seiler, Karli Pratt and Annie Duffield. These Scott County 4-H members recently competed in a State 4-H Rifle Competition at Prairie Grove Gun Range near Columbia. The 4-H program in Scott County serves over 160 youth ages 5-18 with 90 volunteer leaders...
Auxiliary Highlights Volunteer Contributions (10/04/12)
SoutheastHEALTH Auxiliary President Judy Brown presented a "check" to SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Wayne Smith at the Auxiliary Appreciation Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Drury Lodge. The "check" represents the $1.03 million worth of volunteer labor provided by Auxiliary members over the past 12 months. Auxiliary members contributed a total of 54,375 hours of service...
Our begging cat (10/04/12)
D.L. sits up on back legs and begs for pieces of ham. Also follows owner like a puppy. She must think she is a dog.
SoutheastHEALTH Honors Volunteers (10/04/12)
SoutheastHEALTH Auxiliary members honored for their hours of volunteer service, left to right: (front row) Carolyn Brant, Shirley Waterman, Ilena Aslin, Susan Trout and Alene Matthews; (second row) Dorothy Taylor Betty Heuring, Jeanette Patterson and Bob Matthews. Their volunteer service over the years ranges from 5,000 to 9,000 hours per individual. Members were honored at the Auxiliary Appreciation Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau...
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