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Stories from Sunday, December 16, 2012

Trauma doc talks about rescuing man caught in auger (12/16/12)
Typically, trauma surgeons don't travel outside their hospital operating rooms to work, but Thursday, Dr. Orlando Morejon of Saint Francis Medical Center flew to be at a patient's side as emergency crews worked to extricate him from a grain bin auger. ...
SEMO Regents approve River Campus construction (12/16/12)
A motion to move ahead with construction of academic and residence space at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University was unanimously approved Friday during a meeting of the university's Board of Regents. Regents approved the design and construction of a three-story, L-shaped building to be positioned close to the Seminary Building at the River Campus. ...
Fiscal cliff could have local effect (12/16/12)
Looming less than three weeks away could be big changes to the country's financial situation, from households and small businesses to government entities that provide services to millions. In Southeast Missouri, schools could see reductions in federally funded services for students. Local governments are also bracing for another dip in sales tax revenue after the books finally began to even out as the recession wanes...
Mo. Rep. Emerson may move up resignation date (12/16/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson may end up resigning her U.S. House seat earlier than originally planned. Emerson issued a statement Friday suggesting she may move up her Feb. 8 resignation date if doing so would allow enough time to set a special election for April 2 to choose her replacement...
Cape, Jackson administrators discuss security in wake of Conn. shootings (12/16/12)
Questions that can fly through one's mind of upon hearing of such a tragedy that occurred Friday in an elementary school in the quiet New England suburbs are endless. "Is my child safe at school?" worries a parent. "Will that happen in my class?" students ask themselves...
SEMO students celebrate winter graduation (12/16/12)
More than 700 graduates -- cheered on by proud parents and well-wishers -- were awarded degrees Saturday at Southeast Missouri State University's Fall Commencement ceremony. In all, 532 undergraduates and 192 master's candidates had degrees conferred upon them. Fifteen students earned specialist degrees...
Chamber of Commerce to operate Cape Area Magnet (12/16/12)
The Cape Girardeau Area Magnet board has contracted with the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce to operate the regional economic development organization. The Magnet board includes representatives from Cape Girardeau County, the city of Cape Girardeau, city of Jackson, and the city of Scott City. ...
Area legislators appointed to Missouri House committees (12/16/12)
State representatives from Southeast Missouri will serve as members of several budget appropriations committees, Missouri's House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, Mo., announced Friday. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, who will begin her first term serving the 147th District in January, and Steve Hodges, D-East Prairie, Mo., will serve on the House Appropriations Committee for Education, which oversees bills that provide funding for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education.State representatives from Southeast Missouri will serve as members of several budget appropriations committees, Missouri's House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, Mo., announced Friday. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, who will begin her first term serving the 147th District in January, and Steve Hodges, D-East Prairie, Mo., will serve on the House Appropriations Committee for Education, which oversees bills that provide funding for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education. ...
Advance, Mo., man wins $250,000 in lottery game (12/16/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- An Advance farmer is the first to claim the top prize of $250,000 in the Missouri Lottery "Season's Greetings" scratch-off game. Richard Beussink, 56, bought the ticket in late November at the Amerimart convenience store, 102 S. Oak St., in Advance, according to a Missouri Lottery news release. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 12/17/12 (12/16/12)
401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. Monday Items for discussion Communications/reports...
Wells named to Mineral Area College board of trustees (12/16/12)
Alan Wells, longtime director of the St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties Joint-Communications Center, has been appointed to serve out the remainder of State Sen.-elect Gary Romine's term on the board of trustees at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo...
Cape Girardeau storage units broken into (12/16/12)
Seven storage units were burglarized at a Cape Girardeau storage business sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey said someone broke into the units at A1 Mini Storage, 832 S. Kingshighway. He didn't disclose what was taken but said an investigation was ongoing....
City cuts ribbon on Veterans Memorial Drive (12/16/12)
Cape Girardeau city manager Scott Meyer, Chris Koehler, Mayor Harry Rediger, Randy Lappe, Scott Brooks, Lee VanderMierden, Casey Brunke, Kelly Green and Dan Schuchart cut the ribbon marking the opening of Veterans Memorial Drive Phase 1 Friday morning, Dec. ...
Revote in 150th District on hold (12/16/12)
A revote in the 150th District House race between state Republican Rep. Kent Hampton of Malden, Mo., and Democrat Tom Todd of Campbell, Mo., has been postponed, according to representatives from the Dunklin County prosecuting attorney's office and Russell Oliver, Hampton's attorney...
Snow routes set for Jackson (12/16/12)
The City of Jackson is reminding motorists of snow-route designations in effect this winter. According to the Jackson Public Works Department, a snow-route ordinance adopted in September will be enforced during major snowfalls that warrant a snow-event proclamation. ...
Club news 12-16-12 (12/16/12)
Members of the Town and Country FCE Club held their Christmas dinner and party Dec. 6 at Pagoda Gardens in Cape Girardeau. Mary Klaproth gave the devotional entitled, "Time for Everything." Klaproth presided over a brief business meeting with members repeating the pledges to the United States and Missouri Flag and National FCE Creed. ...
Mo. tax credit panel pares back recommendations (12/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A gubernatorial commission pared back its recommendations for revamping Missouri's tax credits Friday, in a move that may reflect the political reality at the state Capitol but one that didn't go over well with representatives of education groups who served on the panel....
Ridding river of rock pinnacles may come this week (12/16/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday said it was finalizing how soon crews could begin clearing submerged rock formations hindering Mississippi River barges as concerns linger the drought-plagued waterway soon may close to shipping...
Emerson may move up resignation date (12/16/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Missouri U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson suggested Friday that she may resign sooner than originally planned so that a special election to choose her replacement can be held as soon as possible. Emerson had announced earlier this month that she plans to resign Feb. ...
Crop insurance could be a juicy target in 'fiscal cliff' deal (12/16/12)
WASHINGTON -- Rural lawmakers worry that $9 billion in annual federal crop insurance subsidies are an easy target for spending cuts in a "fiscal cliff" deal so they're shopping around for a late compromise on a farm bill to protect them. The chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture committees already were set to make a sizable contribution to deficit reduction through a new farm bill. ...
Today in History (12/16/12)
Today is Sunday, Dec. 16, the 351st day of 2012. There are 15 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes...
Military upbeat on Afghan war progress (12/16/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. commanders are offering glowing reviews of their 2012 war campaign, upbeat assessments that could be interpreted as leeway for President Barack Obama to order another round of troop withdrawals next summer. Obama faces a tension between calls by Democrats and even some Republicans to wind down the war more quickly and the military's desire to avoid a too-fast pullout that might squander hard-won sacrifices...
Jackson wins Tiger Classic wrestling meet (12/16/12)
Winning tournaments is nothing new to the powerhouse Jackson High School wrestling team. But Saturday's victory carried special meaning considering it came only a few miles from home in the region's premier event. "It's kind of like a home meet for us," Jackson senior Kodi Byrd said. "It was one of our goals this year."...
High school roundup: Perryville boys rally to win 52-37 against host Meadow Heights (12/16/12)
All the local high school events reported Saturday to the Southeast Missourian.
Central's Vinson recovering from knee surgery (12/16/12)
The Central girls basketball team is heading into this week's Kelso Supply Holiday Classic at the Show Me Center without their floor leader. Chelsea Vinson, who was entering her fourth year as a varsity player, had surgery on her right knee Dec. 10 at Washington University Orthopedics in St.Louis to repair a meniscus and damaged cartilage. The injury will sideline Vinson for a couple months, though the senior forward hopes she'll return to the Tigers by the end of the season...
Sikeston overpowers Notre Dame boys 59-39 (12/16/12)
SIKESTON -- In the past few years, one aspect that made the Sikeston Bulldogs a difficult team to beat was that you never knew who was going to beat you. Friday night it was Reese Porter's time to shine in the Bulldogs' 59-39 victory over SEMO Conference and district foe Notre Dame...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team likely to redshirt Reese (12/16/12)
Freshman point guard is due to arrive after Christmas
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team looks to build winning streak (12/16/12)
The Redhawks seek back-to-back wins for first time under Margenthaler
Lincoln's namesake cars returning to roots (12/16/12)
By Gary Clothier Question: I have been admiring the 2013 Lincoln Motor Co. lineup. Who was the company named after? Chester, Va. Answer: In August 1917, Henry M. Leland formed Lincoln Motor Co. He named it after his hero, Abraham Lincoln. The company's mission was to build aircraft engines with cylinders supplied by Ford, not to build cars...
Adopt Tabitha (12/16/12)
Tabitha is a beautiful 4-year-old cat who loves people! At a recent adoption event, she loved being petted by adults and children. She does want a home without other cats. Tabitha would be a wonderful companion! For more information, contact Safe Harbor at 243-9823...
Adopt Max (12/16/12)
Max is a 6-month-old, male terrier mix. He is already neutered and super fun. For more information, contact the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri at 334-5837. ...
Pets of the week (12/16/12)
Pet Names: Sammy and Chance Owner: Debbie Knox Favorite activity: Celebrating the holidays. ...
Salvation Army thankful for generous community (12/16/12)
With less than two week to go, the Salvation Army has reached nearly 70 percent of its $320,000 goal for the holiday season. According to Maj. Ben Stillwell, the local organization has raised more than $223,000 through its red kettle campaign. The campaign began Nov. 13 and continues through Dec. 24...
The wisemen's gifts chosen with purpose (12/16/12)
When I was 5 or 6, I think I received the best Christmas gift. I've both given and received lots of great gifts. None of them can top the HotWheels race track I received back in the Christmas of 1970-something. The track was amazing. It came with a bright yellow 1957 Chevy hot rod with flames painted along the sides. ...
Shoulds and oughts are impractical (12/16/12)
How often have you said, "I ought to do this," or "I should do that,"? Everyone has his own repertoire of what he believes he's responsible for. Your list of should dos and ought nots is usually built into your make up -- the stuff consisting of past experiences, what you've been taught and what you continue learning. But what trauma, guilt, sadness, emotions and even happiness your bank of shoulds and oughts can cause in dealing with other people, particularly inside your family unit!...
Generosities (12/16/12)
More than 45,000 cans were donated at the annual Cans Film Festival Dec. 1 at Cape West 14 Cine. The cans are being sorted by the Girl Scouts and will be donated to the Salvation Army for its holiday programs for those in need. Slumberland donates to Making Homes project...
FYI (12/16/12)
Grace United Methodist Church will hold a community New Year's Eve celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 in the fellowship center. Attendees are invited to make new friends and have fun at this family-friendly, alcohol-free gathering. Reservations must be made before Dec. 28. For more information, call 334-1321, email graceofc@sbcglobal.net or visit www.capegrace.org....
Cornbread bar wins Season's Best holiday cookie contest (12/16/12)
It's hard to beat a good cookie during the Christmas season. And the options are seemingly endless. After sampling the entries, the judges for the 2012 Season's Best holiday cookie contest selected Dana Johnston's cornbread bar as the winner. "I was surprised by the taste," said Pam Pittman of Schnucks, who served as one of four judges. "It does not taste like cornbread and has some flavors you wouldn't think it would have."...
Recipes to help you celebrate the season (12/16/12)
Everyone seems busy planning Christmas menus and getting grocery shopping started. There are main dish decisions to be made, then all of the side dishes, not to mention the dessert options. I have included a coupe of recipes here today that might help with a side dish or two, a quick dessert and a couple of other recipes that might find their way to your Christmas celebration this year...
Tolkien class at Marquette proves popular with students (12/16/12)
MILWAUKEE -- The vast collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts initially sold senior Joe Kirchoff on Marquette University, so when the school offered its first course devoted exclusively to the English author, Kirchoff wanted in. The only problem: It was full and he wasn't on the literature track...
Randy Brown (12/16/12)
Randy Donald Brown, 57, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, son of Donald and Wanda Schweer Brown. Randy attended First Baptist Church of Jackson. He worked at D-W Tool in Cape Girardeau 23 years...
Mary Eftink (12/16/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mary Louise Eftink, 60, of Marble Hill passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau after a long, declining illness. She was born in Cairo, Ill., on Nov. 16, 1952, the daughter of Amos W. and Mary Blanche Alvey Holifield. ...
James Gibbar Jr. (12/16/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James Henry Gibbar Jr., 82, of Perryville died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. He was a member of the National Guard. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. until time of service at Young and Sons Funeral Home...
Gerald Grigsby (12/16/12)
Gerald W. Grigsby, 92, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Sept. 10, 1920, in Helena, Ark., to Walter and Veda Berry Grigsby. Gerald was a corporal in the United States Army during World War II. Gerald prided himself in having the responsibility of driving a Prime Mover Truck to deliver heavy duty ammunition into dangerous combat areas...
Jane Hart (12/16/12)
Jane Ann Hart, 77, of Scott City died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Ralph Charles and Raye Marie Ryan Davidson Sr. She married Edward Linn Hart. He preceded her in death Oct. 5, 1998...
Ocela Jauch (12/16/12)
Ocela "Sue" Jauch, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Delmar Gardens Nursing Center in St. Louis of complications from a stroke earlier this year. She was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Corning, Ark., to the late Amos and Francis Andersen Tucker...
Kathleen Jones (12/16/12)
Kathleen A. Jones, 90, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Whitewater, daughter of George W. and Belle Proffer Rhodes. She and Edgar O. Jones of Whitewater were married in 1939. He preceded her in death Nov. 4, 1998...
Tontalan Johnson (12/16/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Tontalan L. Johnson, 33, of Mounds died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service Monday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds...
Bonnie Lennington (12/16/12)
Bonnie Lou Lennington, 86, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Marion, Ill., to Charles Oscar and Jessie Falsom Owdom Howard. She and Kenneth Warren Lennington Sr. were married Saturday, June 15, 1946, at Pinckneyville, Ill. He died Nov. 4, 2000...
Hazel Moore (12/16/12)
Hazel Pearl Moore, 95, of Oak Ridge died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital-West in Lake St. Louis, Mo. She was born May 13, 1917, in Cantwell, Mo., to George Washington and Mary Josephine GoFourth Self. She and Wilson D. Moore were married Oct. 19, 1935. He died Nov. 8, 1998...
William O'Donnell (12/16/12)
MEXICO, Mo. -- William Edward O'Donnell, 89, of Mexico entered into the arms of his Lord Jesus Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Loving husband of 67 years of the late Nylahmae O'Donnell; beloved father of Sue (John) Berger, Jeanette (Larry) Blincoe, Pat (Dale) Sluhan; grandfather; great-grandfather; great-great-grandfather; dear brother of Joseph G. Collias (Marjorie) and Jean N. Collias (late Geri); dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend to many...
Philip Revelle (12/16/12)
Philip Wayne "Dane" Revelle, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel, with the Rev. Donny Ford officiating. Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park...
Joshua Smith (12/16/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Joshua Andrew Smith, 27, of Perryville died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at his home. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until time of service Tuesday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Milton Ryan, C.M., officiating...
Births 12/16/12 (12/16/12)
Son to Harry Raymond Hathaway II and Ashley Nicole Weibrecht of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:01 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Name, Kalyb Ross. Weight, 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Fourth son. Ms. Weibrecht is the daughter of James and Cherri Weibrecht and Rhonda and Charlie Staffeldt of Perryville. Hathaway is the son of Ross and Nora Evers of Sparta, Ill. He is self-employed...
Drew - Masters (12/16/12)
Amanda Jo Drew and James Mical Masters were married Aug. 18, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Delta. Jim Evans performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Brian and Kimberly Drew of Delta. The groom is the son of Tony Masters of Fruitland and Lori Malone of Delta...
Kloess - Kassel (12/16/12)
Kevin Kloess of North Platte, Neb., and Pamela Enke of St. Charles, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Aryn Kay Kloess, to Brent Gary Kassel, both of St. Louis. He is the son of Gary and Sandy Kassel of Jackson. Kloess is a graduate of Brentwood High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is employed at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis...
Koch - Cannon (12/16/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- John and Martha Koch of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordin Paige Koch, to Andrew Lawrence Cannon. He is the son of Timothy and Germaine Cannon of Chaffee. Koch is a 2011 graduate of Chaffee High School, and 2012 graduate of Trend Setters School of Cosmetology. She is employed at Guardian Angels Homecare Inc., and is a stylist at Style Stop Lifestyles...
Hamm - Davis (12/16/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Larry and Paulette Hamm of Benton announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Hamm, to Kevin Davis. He is the son of Richard and Mary Davis of St. Louis. Hamm is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau. She received a bachelor of science degree in public relations from Southeast Missouri State University. She is director of public affairs at Osborn Barr Communications in St. Louis...
King - 50 Years (12/16/12)
Mr. and Mrs. Roger King of Oak Ridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 7, 2012, with family and friends at a surprise dinner at Delmonico's in Jackson. King and Doris Morton were married Dec. 7, 1962, in Jackson, by the Rev. Colter. The couple has two children, Richard (Sheila) King and Kristi (Troy) Heisserer of Jackson. The Kings have three grandchildren, Matt Whittaker of Bowling Green, Ky., Payton and Sammy Jessie of Jackson; and a great-grandchild, Jayden Whittaker...
Jackson police report 12/16/12 (12/16/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 12/16/12 (12/16/12)
A Collinsville, Ill., truck driver escapes serious injury when the semitruck he is driving is struck by a westbound Cotton Belt train in Scott City; he was apparently attempting to cross the tracks by driving around the lowered crossing gates to get to the nearby Wetterau Foods warehouse...
School menus Dec. 17-21 (12/16/12)
MONDAY--Hamburger, potato tots or cherry tomatoes or baby carrots, peach cup. TUESDAY--Taco salad, refried beans or cherry tomatoes or baby carrots, pears. WEDNESDAY--Breaded pork steak w/wo brown gravy, broccoli & cheese or cherry tomatoes or baby carrots, roll, mixed fruit cup...
Business park (12/16/12)
On Wednesday, Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger and Southeast Missouri State University president Ken Dobbins announced at a news conference that the city would purchase about 247 acres of prime real estate to develop a business park. The university owned the property -- once using it as a demonstration farm -- along Interstate 55 at the LaSalle Avenue and East Main Street interchange. ...
Nixon and Medicaid expansion (12/16/12)
The hot topic of the hour is Gov. Nixon's support for the expansion of Medicaid as outlined in President Obama's "Affordable" Care Act. I put "affordable" in quotation marks to emphasize there is nothing about this legislation that could be misconstrued as affordable. As all other entitlement programs have done over the years, the costs always are much greater than originally estimated, and the problems these programs promise to fix continue to plague society...
Speak Out 12/16/12 (12/16/12)
While in a waiting room in a medical facility, the TVs were turned on, but there was no volume. If the volume was up, you probably couldn't hear it because of the chatter. Why can't these places have closed captions on for those with hearing problems?...
Prayer 12-16 (12/16/12)
Lord Jesus, we fix our eyes on you, the author and perfecter of our faith. Amen.
ChrisTTTTmas ParTTTTy (12/16/12)
Cape County Tea Party's Christmas Party This Tuesday!! TTTT Meeting?!?! Humbug that!! This Month We're Partying! Instead of our regular monthly meeting, join us to celebrate The Season at the Trail of Tears Bar and Grill! Join us at for fun and fellowship... ...and maybe even a Christmas Carol!...
Friends of the Museum Award Winners (12/16/12)
Dr. John Holcomb, center, president of the Cape River Heritage Museum board of directors, presented certificates to two outstanding supporters of the museum at an open house on December 15. Jerry Ford, left, has donated his time and talents for fund-raising and special events. Dave Boyer accepted the award on behalf of Canedy Sign and Graphics for creating the museum's new lighted sign on Independence Street...
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