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Stories from Sunday, November 25, 2012

Shoppers, most retailers embrace earlier hours (11/25/12)
While many major retailers in Cape Girardeau were slicing into Thanksgiving Day -- beginning Black Friday deals on Thursday -- JCPenney and Menard's were notable holdouts. Would the later openings, which gave employees more time to spend with their families, cause sales to suffer?...
Dormant tax soon to be felt by county property owners again (11/25/12)
Cape Girardeau County residents soon will be subject to a general-revenue property tax that hasn't been seen in several years. The levy, set by the Cape Girardeau County Commission in September for the 2012 property tax year, comes as the county grapples with declining sales-tax revenue. The county, under state law, has had the ability to levy the tax but hasn't done so since 1979, when voters approved a sales tax with the promise of a 50 percent reduction of the general-revenue property tax...
Morley Swingle's career - so far (11/25/12)
The Southeast Missouri compiled a timeline of highlights on Morley Swingle's career as Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney. The list includes professional accomplishments, controversies and high-profile cases. H. Morley Swingle was born in Cape Girardeau, the son of Sgt. Morley G. Swingle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Swingle reflects on career as longest-serving prosecutor (11/25/12)
Everywhere Morley Swingle went, he kept seeing the old man. And he wished it would stop. Swingle, in his mid-20s and just out of law school, had just wrapped up his first jury trial. The good news, for Swingle and his new employers at Spradling and Spradling, was that he had won. The bad news, for a man of Swingle's temperament, was that he had won...
Accident leaves man in hospital (11/25/12)
A crash on Highway A in Scott County on Friday afternoon sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries. Norbert Kluesner, 92, of Benton, Mo., was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau after the John Deer Gator utility vehicle he was driving southbound collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by Matthew Glastetter, 32, of Benton, Mo. The crash happened at about 3 p.m., two miles east of New Hamburg, Mo., according to the Missouri Highway Patrol...
Trooper arrests two for meth possession (11/25/12)
A man and woman are facing felony charges after their arrest early Saturday morning in Scott County. Bryan T. Dyson, 30, of Jackson, Mich., and Josephine V. Zapata, 36, of Olathe, Kan., were arrested at about 4:30 a.m. after a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper pulled over their vehicle...
Road work continues Tuesday, Wednesday on Bloomfield Road (11/25/12)
Work is progressing on Bloomfield Road improvements, from County Road 206 to White Oaks Lane. Project consultants' field crews should finalize design details this week and will be on site for core drilling in several locations along the existing pavement Tuesday and Wednesday...
Club news 11-25-12 (11/25/12)
The Town and Country FCE Club met Nov. 8, at the Pie Safe in Pocahontas. Lois Seabaugh was in charge of arrangements. The devotion, "Thanksgiving" was given by the hostess. Pennies for "coins for friendship" were collected. Thank-you notes were read from Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center, the Lutheran Home and the Salvation Army...
Midwest farmers seek alternatives to costly winter hay (11/25/12)
WICHITA, Kan. -- There's no grass for grazing on Debbie and Duane Blythe's ranch in Kansas' parched Flint Hills. Their cattle nibble on the leafy tops of turnips the couple planted after harvesting their winter wheat. The Blythes are among thousands of farmers looking for alternative ways to feed their animals this winter after one of the worst droughts in the nation's history dried up grasslands in much of the country. ...
Corps cuts flow on Missouri River (11/25/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low-water conditions on the Mississippi River and potentially bring barge traffic to a halt within weeks. The Missouri flows into the Mississippi around a bend just north of St. Louis. One result of this year's drought, the worst in decades, has been a big drop in water levels on both rivers...
Nearly 15-pound baby born in Columbia (11/25/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A baby boy weighing 14 pounds, 6.4 ounces may have set a record at a mid-Missouri hospital. Doctors were expecting Colten Levi Swanigan to weigh from 11 to 12 pounds at birth. But Donny Swanigan and Roxanne Giordano weren't prepared for the number on the Boone Hospital Center scale Sunday after their son's cesarean delivery...
University controller charged with stealing (11/25/12)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis woman faces a criminal charge after an internal audit found she used her position as Missouri Baptist University's controller to embezzle about $107,000. Melinda Okai, 48, of O'Fallon, Mo., is charged in St. Louis County with stealing more than $25,000...
9 more Iraq, Afghan war veterans join Congress (11/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm. Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence...
Immigrants struggle to cope in Sandy's aftermath (11/25/12)
NEW YORK -- Superstorm Sandy plunged some immigrants living illegally in the U.S. into darkness and even deeper into the shadows. Some of those who need help to obtain temporary housing and food are afraid to come forward because they risk deportation. And many have returned to damaged, powerless, moldy homes because they have no other place to stay...
Mass. natural gas explosion damages 42 buildings; 18 hurt (11/25/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday. A strip club was flattened and a day -are center was heavily damaged in the massive blast Friday night in Springfield, one of New England's largest cities...
Added holiday hours steal Black Friday's thunder (11/25/12)
Thanksgiving shopping took a noticeable bite out of Black Friday's start to the holiday season, as the latest survey found retail sales in stores fell slightly from last year. Saturday's report from retail technology company ShopperTrak found consumers spent $11.2 billion at stores across the U.S. That is down 1.8 percent from last year's total...
Man opens fire on 2 Alabama deputies (11/25/12)
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- The shootout that left one Alabama deputy sheriff dead and another in critical condition Saturday began when they checked on a man at his mobile home and he opened fire on them, authorities said. Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Mack said gunfire erupted Friday after Michael Jansen pulled a handgun on Deputy Scott Ward and his colleagues outside of Jansen's Fairhope-area home...
Today in History (11/25/12)
Today is Sunday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2012. There are 36 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 25, 1952, the play "The Mousetrap," a murder mystery by Agatha Christie, first opened in London's West End; it is the longest continuously running show in history...
Thai anti-government protesters clash with police (11/25/12)
BANGKOK -- Protesters calling for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down rallied in the heart of Bangkok on Saturday, clashing with police in the first major demonstration against the government since it came to power last year. Organizers had spoken of mobilizing hundreds of thousands of supporters. But only around 10,000 turned up, and by dusk the leaders called the rally off...
Egypt reformist warns of turmoil from Morsi decree (11/25/12)
CAIRO -- Egyptian democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei on Saturday warned of increasing turmoil that could lead to the military stepping in, unless the Islamist president rescinds his new, near-absolute powers, as the country's long fragmented opposition sought to unite and rally new protests...
Hamas No. 2 rejects Gaza arms halt (11/25/12)
CAIRO -- Gaza's ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself because only a strong arsenal, not negotiations, can extract concessions from Israel, the No. 2 in the Islamic militant group said Saturday. Comments by Moussa Abu Marzouk, just three days after the worst bout of Israel-Hamas fighting in four years, signaled trouble ahead for Egyptian-brokered talks between the hostile neighbors on a new border deal...
Christmas tree shipment dumped in Austrian garden (11/25/12)
VIENNA -- An early seasonal delivery went badly wrong in Austria when a truck was involved in a crash and dumped 14 tons of Christmas trees in a resident's garden. Police in Vorarlberg state, at Austria's western tip, say the accident happened Friday night as a truck with a trailer loaded with trees drove through the town of Hohenems...
Pope elevates 6 cardinals to choose successor (11/25/12)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI responded to criticism that the club of churchmen who will choose his successor is too Eurocentric, elevating six new cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. during a formal ceremony Saturday...
Offense struggles again as Southeast men fall to UIC (11/25/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team keeps playing strong defense. But the Redhawks' offensive funk continued Saturday as Southeast suffered its third straight loss, 56-45 at Illinois-Chicago. Southeast, which fell to 3-4, scored its fewest points in a game since the 2009-10 season -- coach Dickey Nutt's first with the Redhawks...
Harriel fractures finger, out indefinitely (11/25/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team just can't avoid the injury bug. Southeast lost another key player over the weekend as the Redhawks competed at the David Jones Classic in Houston, Texas. Senior forward Brittany Harriel, arguably Southeast's top player, injured a finger midway through the first half of Friday's 61-44 loss to tournament host Houston...
SE women coming up big in clutch (11/25/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team is starting to make a habit of comeback victories. And junior college transfer point guard Jordan Hunter is starting to make a habit of game-winning shots. Hunter, for the second time in less than a week, scored in the closing seconds to lift the Redhawks to a dramatic triumph...
Baseball team loads up on pitching (11/25/12)
Southeast Missouri State interim baseball coach Steve Bieser recently announced the addition of six players to the Redhawks' 2014 roster during the NCAA's early signing period. Joining the Redhawks next season will be Greg Mosel, Tyler Iago, Travis Hayes, Garrett Stockton, Matthew Wade and Andrew Croucher...
No. 13 Missouri gets past VCU 68-65 (11/25/12)
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) -- Laurence Bowers had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Phil Pressey had 11 points and eight assists, leading No. 13 Missouri to a 68-65 victory over VCU on Saturday in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Pressey gave the Tigers (5-1) the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:17 to play. That capped a run of five straight possessions where the teams exchanged the lead...
Rams, Cardinals look to end skids (11/25/12)
By BOB BAUM ~ Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Seven weeks ago, Arizona's surprising 4-0 start to the season ended with a thud in a dominant Thursday night victory by the Rams over the Cardinals. Neither team has won a game since. The Rams have gone 0-4-1, with a 24-24 tie with NFC West-leading San Francisco the only relative bright spot. The Cardinals' 17-3 loss to St. Louis sent them into a tailspin of six straight losses and counting...
Porter has big night as Georgetown wins 72-50 (11/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- Otto Porter scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds, Greg Whittington had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Markel Starks scored 15 to lead Georgetown past Mount St. Mary's 72-50 Saturday. Mikael Hopkins, who added 13 points, hit a layup to start the second half, and after the Mountaineers' Xavier Owens scored to make it 36-34, the Hoyas (4-1) scored eight straight -- including four by Hopkins -- to lead 44-34...
Growing up and passing time: Author Stan Crader's latest book released (11/25/12)
Those familiar with Stan Crader's first two books will be glad to know that Tommy, Flop, Booger and the rest of the gang from Colby High School are back. In "The Longest Year," everyone is getting a driver's license except Tommy, the youngest of his group of friends. While he watches his friends, and his girlfriend Melody, take and pass their driver's test, he counts the months until he can join them, hence the title of the book...
Adopt Ivy (11/25/12)
Ivy is a 2-year-old beautiful white-and-gray kitty. She has a sweet disposition. Ivy would love to be in a home. For more information, contact Safe Harbor Animal Shelter at 243-9823. ...
Adopt Miss Lilly Bell (11/25/12)
Miss Lilly Bell Is a 1 1/2-years-old Maine coon mix. She spayed and is also good with kids and dogs. For more information, contact the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri at 334-5837. ...
Pet of the week (11/25/12)
Pet Name: Maxx Owner: Tammy Freeland Schaefer Favorite activity: Posing for pictures. ...
Jason Gray to perform in Jackson on Friday (11/25/12)
Jason Gray is a familiar face -- and voice -- to contemporary Christian music listeners. Songs like "Remind Me Who I Am," "Good to Be Alive" and "More Like Falling in Love" are some of his better known hits. Gray will be in the area this week for a Christmas concert at CrossRoads Fellowship Church in Jackson. The concert, which starts at 7 p.m. Friday, will also include local singer Ryan Corn...
Sometimes God speaks to us through others' actions (11/25/12)
It's the little things that remind me of God's love, that show me his presence and the sweet, gentle touch of his concern and care for me. His presence is like the whisper after the wind, earthquake and fire that he speaks to Elijah in (1 Kings 19:11-14), surprising me with the sweet things only he could know would touch my heart that turn me towards him...
Seek to understand, not simplify, the Bible (11/25/12)
Years ago, while appearing before a committee vetting candidates for ordained ministry, I answered a question that earned me a well-deserved dollop of ridicule. It's been a lot of years but my memory of the brief exchange went like this:Me: "I believe what the Bible says."...
FYI 11-25-12 (11/25/12)
Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Osage Centre. The breakfast is for children ages 12 and younger, accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per child, $8 for two children, $11 for three children, $5 per adult in advance or $8 per person on the day of registration. Registration must be done by Friday. All proceeds go to the Parks Development Foundation. For more information or to register, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 339-6340...
Ideas for transforming leftover turkey (11/25/12)
After Thanksgiving, there always seems to be some turkey in the freezer, and it needs to be used up within a reasonable amount of time. Of course, my mother's homemade pot pie is so amazing and is such a treat every year, but some of you may be looking for something besides pot pie for that leftover turkey...
Eggless cookie dough recipe is intended to be eaten with a spoon, not baked (11/25/12)
Now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is on the horizon, I've started my annual holiday cookie baking. I've been doing this for years and it gives me great satisfaction to see how my family and friends enjoy the results of my efforts. But the truth is I really do it for the dough...
Pine siskin, a goldfinch relative (11/25/12)
This bird is an adult male pine siskin. The pine siskin is a close relative to the American goldfinch with which it is easily confused. The slender pointed beak of the pine siskin is perfect for retrieving the seeds out of the protective seed ball of the sweet gum tree. As its name implies, the pine siskin also can dig the seeds out of the cones of conifer (pine) trees. Insects are also a major food item...
Billy Buell (11/25/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Billy "Little Bill" Buell, 78, of Delta, passed away Saturday morning at Chaffee Nursing Center. Billy was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Oran, Mo., to the late Joe and Pauline Eva Hall Buell. Billy started riding horses as a jockey at an early age, racing in a lot of states, of which Florida was one of his favorites. He raced for a lot of years. Billy retired as a laborer for Labor Local #561 in Evansville, Ind...
Leon J. DuMay (11/25/12)
Leon J. "Bud" DuMay, 87, of St. Peters, Mo., died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at the home of his son in St. Peters, Mo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Chapel. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Burial will follow in Cape County Memorial Park...
Donald Dunn (11/25/12)
WARE, Ill. -- Donald Lee "Mutt" Dunn of Ware, 79, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Monday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Stamp officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery...
Delmar H. Hadler (11/25/12)
Delmar H. "Doc" Hadler, 73, of Perryville, Mo., died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Young and Sons Funeral Home in Perryville, Mo. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Mo., with the Rev. Thomas Handrick officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Crosstown, Mo...
Delbert D. Mainer (11/25/12)
Delbert D. "Pete" Mainer, 80, of Mc Clure, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford & Sons Funeral Home Mt. Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with burial following at Lindsey Cemetery in McClure, Ill., with full military honors...
Gary L. McDowell (11/25/12)
Gary L. McDowell, 74, of Jackson died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson and from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau...
Dr. Sam McGowen (11/25/12)
MASCOUTAH, Ill. -- Dr. Sam H. McGowen, 68, of Mascoutah died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at his home. He was born March 9, 1944, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Sam was superintendent of School District 19 in Mascoutah from July 1994 to June 2012. He retired as a lieutenant colonel with Missouri National Guard after 25 years of service...
Sidney McNair (11/25/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Sidney Burl McNair, 82, of Bloomfield, formerly of Charleston, Mo., and Senath, Mo., died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Calhoun, Miss., to Sidney Lois and Bertie Mae Cooke McNair. McNair began working with R.E.A. ...
Vernon Meyr (11/25/12)
Vernon E. Meyr, 78, of New Wells passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 7, 1934, near New Wells, to Edward C. and Esther E. Huttegger Meyr. He and Shirley M. Amelunke were married Aug. 8, 1964, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit...
Linda O'Neal (11/25/12)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Linda Lee O'Neal, 51, of Morley, formerly of Oran, Mo., died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel, with the Rev. Ira Sandefer officiating, assisted by the Rev. David Thompson. Burial will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield...
Pingel - Jenkins (11/25/12)
Lindsey Shea Pingel and Curtis Michael Jenkins were married July 21, 2012, at Lynwood Baptist Church. The Rev. Mark Anderson, pastor, performed the ceremony. Pianist was Shane Steck and guitarist was Will Anderson, both of Cape Girardeau. Soloists were Elizabeth Soto of Kansas City, Mo., and Will Anderson...
Heisserer - Maschmann (11/25/12)
Editor's note: The follow announcement has been corrected. Gene Heisserer of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Butch and Cathy Dirnberger of Oran, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Elizabeth Heisserer, to Elliot Thomas Maschmann, both of Paragould, Ark. He is the son of Darryl and Betty Maschmann of Cape Girardeau...
Hartmann - Bleier (11/25/12)
Richard and Kathleen Hartmann of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Marie Hartmann, to Eric Leo Bleier, both of Memphis, Tenn. He is the son of Frederick and Julie Bleier of Memphis. Hartmann is a 2002 graduate of Jackson High School. ...
Carson - Geis (11/25/12)
Phil and Joyce Carson of Oakdale, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Carson, to Aaron Geis. He is the son of Rick and Barb Geis of Cape Girardeau. Carson received a bachelor's degree in English education and a master's degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University. She is an English teacher at Jackson High School...
Schubert - Knuth (11/25/12)
Tim and Linda Schubert of Perryville, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Kalena Schubert, to David Steven Knuth, both of Jackson. He is the son of Steve and Mary Knuth of Saybrook, Ill. Schubert is a 2004 graduate of Perryville High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in biology in 2007 and a master of natural science in 2010 from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a high school science teacher with Scott County Central School District...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/25/12 (11/25/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police report 11/25/12 (11/25/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses...
Out of the past 11/25/12 (11/25/12)
City manager Gary A. Eide is resigning to take a position as city manager of Salem, Ore.; formal announcements are scheduled to be made later today at simultaneous press conferences here and in Salem; Eide will begin his new duties in Salem on Jan. 4...
School menus Nov. 26-30 (11/25/12)
MONDAY--Chicken bites or garden salad or sandwich, broccoli & cheese or cherry tomatoes or baby carrots, pears. TUESDAY--Crispito with cheese or garden salad or sandwich, blackeye peas or cherry tomatoes or baby carrots, orange sections. WEDNESDAY--Chili with cheddar goldfish or garden salad or sandwich, candied carrots or cherry tomatoes or baby carrots, mixed fruit cup...
Thanks for making Riverfront Market a great success (11/25/12)
By Marla Mills Old Town Cape's first season of the Cape Riverfront Market more than exceeded the expectations of organizers and volunteers as the vision created by our community was realized. This vision incorporated not only to provide access to quality, locally grown produce as well as value-added and handmade items, but to create an environment that encouraged community and brought people downtown. ...
Debt group (11/25/12)
If you've followed the national news even slightly over the last couple of months you know the country faces a "fiscal cliff" come January. A series of tax increases and budget cuts would automatically go into effect Jan. 1 without action by the president and Congress...
Prayer 11-25 (11/25/12)
O Lord Jesus, we come before you with thanksgiving and sing your praises. Amen.
Mom and Daughter read!y to walk (11/25/12)
My sister, Kathy and her daughter Samantha ready to walk in the Parade of lights!!!
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