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Stories from Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Crews make progress with Mississippi rock removal (12/19/12)
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) -- Crews scooping out Mississippi River bedrock in southern Illinois are making steady progress but have removed just a fraction of the rock pinnacles that are impeding navigation along a stretch of the drought-plagued waterway, an Army Corps of Engineers official said Wednesday...
Former Highway Patrol trooper pleads guilty to exposing self to girl (12/19/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A former Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was placed on probation Monday after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child by exposing himself to a pre-teenage girl. Nathan L. Wheeles, 37, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child....
Lower river stages affect fish, birds (12/19/12)
While low water levels on the Mississippi River present problems for some species within the water, some animals can thrive along sandbars and side channels that have been exposed during the drought. ..
Cape County budget review begins Thursday (12/19/12)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners will review for the first time Thursday a 2013 budget that aims to keep expenditures in line with flat revenue predictions. The public will be able to weigh in on budget plans for 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the county commission's chambers at the county administration building in Jackson. The hearing kicks off the commissioners' budget process, although the office of Auditor Pete Frazier has been putting together the budget for months...
Ribbon cut, but bridge project still closed (12/19/12)
Although a ribbon-cutting was held Tuesday to celebrate completion of the Ramsey Creek Bridge Project and the almost three-mile stretch of road connecting routes K and AB in Scott City, it's possible the road will not be ready for traffic for couple of weeks. ...
For now, excavating trumps blasting on Mississippi River (12/19/12)
THEBES, Ill. -- The Army Corps of Engineers is delaying the use of explosives to blast away treacherous rock pinnacles on the Mississippi River in southern Illinois because crews are having success removing the rocks with excavating machinery, officials said Tuesday.y...
Crews digging rock pinnacles; blasting on hold (12/19/12)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is delaying the use of explosives to blast free treacherous rock pinnacles on the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois because crews are having so much success removing the formations with excavating machinery, officials said Tuesday...
Bowen files for Ward 6 council seat (12/19/12)
Wayne Bowen, chair of the history department at Southeast Missouri State University, has filed to run for the Ward 6 city council seat in Cape Girardeau. A special election for the seat will take place in April. Bowen, who also is a Southeast Missourian columnist, turned in a required petition to city hall Tuesday, the first day of filing. No one else has picked up a petition to gather signatures in the ward, according to city clerk Gayle Conrad. Filing is open until Jan. 15...
State drops charges against Shelton to clear way for feds (12/19/12)
State charges were dismissed Monday against Jeffrey Dean Shelton, the accused kidnapper and convicted sex offender who made his initial appearance in federal court on charges of producing and possessing child pornography involving two Butler County girls...
Holiday of Lights (12/19/12)
Car lights streak along the Holiday of Lights display Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at Cape Girardeau County Park North. The free driving tour is open daily until 11 p.m. through Dec. 31.
Zalma boy missing; search intensifies (12/19/12)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bollinger County Sheriff's Department and other agencies spent most of Tuesday afternoon searching for 12-year-old Brent Jones of south Bollinger County. Jones was reported missing Tuesday afternoon, but had not been seen since 8:30 p.m. Monday, said Jim Bollinger of Marble Hill Search and Rescue. Jones is a 5-foot tall, white male with a dark complection. He weighs 90 pounds and was last seen wearing jeans, a dark-colored jacket and lime green shoes....
SEMO offices to close for holidays (12/19/12)
Because of the upcoming holidays, offices at Southeast Missouri State University will close at 5 p.m., Friday and reopen at 8 a.m., Jan. 2. Spring semester classes will begin Jan. 14.
Leopold woman pleads guilty to bank fraud (12/19/12)
Crystal Renee Elfrink of Leopold, Mo., pleaded guilty to a felony count of bank fraud on Monday, according to the United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Missouri. Elfrink was a trustee and had power of attorney for Loretta Elfrink, her aunt by marriage. who was retired and living in Bollinger County...
'Blue Christmas' helps those dealing with loss (12/19/12)
When people are grieving, the Christmas season can seem like an extended period of pretending to be happy when their hearts actually are heavy with pain. Dr. Jeff Long, former pastor of Centenary Methodist Church, wants people who might have recently lost loved ones to know they are not alone. They will be welcome at a "Blue Christmas" service at 6 p.m. Thursday in the main lobby at the Chateau Girardeau Retirement Community...
Mo. jobs, unemployment rate both fall in November (12/19/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's unemployment rate fell in November, but so did the number of people with jobs. Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development show Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.7 percent in November. The department said that was its lowest level in 49 months...
Oldest building in Columbia could be razed (12/19/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Columbia City Council member wants a closer examination of downtown zoning as the city's oldest building could soon be torn down and replaced by high-rise student apartments. A St. Louis developer is under contract to buy the Niedermeyer house in downtown at Tenth and Cherry streets in March. ...
Releases into Missouri River will be increased (12/19/12)
OMAHA, Neb. -- The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will be increased this week because of concerns about colder temperatures, but the increase isn't likely to boost the level of the Mississippi River downstream. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to gradually increase the amount of water it releases out of Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border to 18,000 cubic feet per second by Thursday...
Obama sets January deadline for gun proposals (12/19/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama tasked his administration Wednesday with creating concrete proposals to reduce gun violence that has plagued the country. "This time, the words need to lead to action," said Obama, who set a January deadline for the recommendations. He vowed to push for their implementation without delay...
State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi (12/19/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11...
2 inmates escape from high-rise jail in Chicago (12/19/12)
CHICAGO -- The FBI says window prison bars were found inside a mattress in the cell belonging to two bank robbers who escaped from downtown Chicago's high-rise jail. Tuesday morning's daring escape has prompted a massive manhunt for Joseph "Jose" Banks and Kenneth Conley...
Conservatives' backing grows for gun-control debate (12/19/12)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional gun-rights supporters showed an increased willingness Tuesday to consider new legislation to control firearms in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings -- provided it also addresses mental health issues and the impact of violent video games...
‘Cliff' talks hit a lull with Boehner's ‘Plan B' (12/19/12)
WASHINGTON -- Two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced Republicans also would march ahead with their own tax plan on a separate track from one he's been pursuing with President Barack Obama...
Teacher sole heir of $7.4M in gold coins (12/19/12)
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Walter Samaszko Jr. was a loner whose death went largely unnoticed. That all changed when a crew sent to clean out his house found a fortune stashed away in the garage of his modest ranch-style home. There were ammunition boxes stuffed with thousands of gold coins, from Austria, Mexico and the United States. There was enough gold to fill up two wheelbarrows -- more than $7.4 million worth...
Judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones (12/19/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge late Monday rejected Apple Inc.'s demands that its chief rival in the more than $100 billion global smartphone market cease selling models a jury recently found illegally used Apple technology. The immediate impact of the ruling means that Samsung can continue to sell three of the older-generation smartphones still on U.S. shelves that a San Jose jury in August found ripped off technology Apple used to create its iPhone...
Calif. utility retreats on nuke-monitor capability (12/19/12)
LOS ANGELES -- The utility that runs California's idled San Onofre nuclear power plant backpedaled Tuesday from a claim that a retooled vibration-detection system for the plant's ailing steam generators would be an important safety advance that could help open the way for a possible restart...
Instagram says users' photos won't appear in ads (12/19/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service owned by Facebook, said Tuesday it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting users' photos could appear in advertisements. The language in question had appeared in updated policies announced Monday and scheduled to take effect Jan. 16. After an outcry on social media and privacy rights blogs, the company clarified that it has no plans to put users' photos in ads...
Classes resume in Newtown, minus Sandy Hook school (12/19/12)
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Newtown returned its students to their classrooms Tuesday for the first time since last week's massacre and faced the agonizing task of laying others to rest, as this grieving town wrestled with the same issues gripping the country: violence, gun control and finding a way forward...
Today in History (12/19/12)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 19, the 354th day of 2012. There are 12 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings. On this date:...
Gunmen kill 5 female polio workers in Pakistan (12/19/12)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Gunmen shot dead five women working on U.N.-backed polio vaccination efforts in two different Pakistani cities on Tuesday, officials said, a major setback for a campaign that international health officials consider vital to contain the crippling disease but which Taliban insurgents say is a cover for espionage...
Syrian jets bomb Palestinian camp (12/19/12)
BEIRUT -- Syrian fighter jets bombed a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus Tuesday for the second time this week after rebels made significant advances, seizing large areas within the camp, activists said. Meanwhile, American foreign correspondent Richard Engel of NBC said that he and his crew escaped unharmed during a firefight after being held captive for five days by pro-regime gunmen...
Iraq's president Talabani suffers a stroke (12/19/12)
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has suffered a stroke and was in intensive care at a Baghdad hospital Tuesday, injecting uncertainty into the country's political future a year after the U.S. military left. Although his official powers are limited, Talabani, 79, is respected by many Iraqis as a rare unifying figure seen as able to rise above the ethnic and sectarian rifts...
Central girls basketball team trounces Sikeston in Holiday Classic (12/19/12)
Central girls basketball coach Sherri Shirrell says that as senior forward Alayah Cooper-Johnson goes, so go the Tigers. Tuesday night, things went well for the Tigers. Very well. Cooper-Johnson was nearly a one-woman show as the Tigers ripped Sikeston 55-25 in the first round of the Kelso Supply Holiday Classic at the Show Me Center. ...
High school roundup: Scott City boys top Perryville (12/19/12)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Top-seeded Notre Dame routs Scott City in Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament (12/19/12)
The Bulldogs opened the tourney with a 60-25 win
Defending Holiday Classic champion Jackson decks Perryville girls basketball team (12/19/12)
The Jackson girls basketball team is not favored to win this year's Kelso Supply Holiday Classic. But if Tuesday night's opening-round game is any indication, the Indians are not about to give up their title without a fight. Defending champion Jackson, seeded third for the eight-team tournament at the Show Me Center, crushed sixth-seeded Perryville 53-20...
Charleston heads into Christmas break with 74-44 win over Notre Dame boys basketball team (12/19/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Charleston coach Danny Farmer was hoping for a good performance in his team's last game heading into Christmas break. He got it. The Bluejays controlled tempo, harassed ball handlers and completely dominated the Notre Dame Bulldogs on Tuesday night in a 74-44 SEMO Conference victory...
Saxony Lutheran cruises into semis of Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament (12/19/12)
The Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team got off to a shaky start Tuesday at the Kelso Supply Holiday Classic. Then the Crusaders turned things up several notches and never looked back. Fourth-seeded Saxony blasted fifth-seeded Meadow Heights 57-16 in the opening round of the eight-team event at the Show Me Center...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team wary of New Orleans in rematch (12/19/12)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt said every opponent concerns him. Especially one that the Redhawks already have beaten handily on the road. The Redhawks (6-6) return to action for the first time since Dec. 8 when New Orleans (3-6) visits the Show Me Center today for a 7 p.m. tipoff...
Southeast Missouri State's Wright receives OVC freshman basketball honor (12/19/12)
Southeast Missouri State freshman guard Kara Wright's breakout performance netted her accolades from the Ohio Valley Conference. Wright was named the OVC freshman of the week, the league office announced Tuesday. Wright made her first collegiate start at Western Kentucky on Sunday. She responded with a career-high 15 points and eight rebounds while logging a game-high 37 minutes during a 60-46 loss...
Hollywood hacker sentenced (12/19/12)
LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge sentenced a hacker to 10 years in prison on Monday after he broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other women and posted revealing photos and other material on the Internet...
Dorothy Arnzen (12/19/12)
LEOPOLD, Mo. — Dorothy Louise Arnzen, 81, of Leopold died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill.
Loyd Bollinger (12/19/12)
Loyd L. Bollinger, 89, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. He was born April 15, 1923, in Sedgewickville, Mo., to William Daniel and Flossie May Barks Bollinger. He married Muriel Marie Conrad June 4, 1944, at Sargent's Chapel Lutheran Church in Sedgewickville. ...
Betty Roberts (12/19/12)
Betty J. Roberts, 64, of Fairfield Bay, Ark., passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Little Rock, Ark. Born to the late Leonard and Melma Hendricks in Poplar Bluff, Mo., she was the youngest of 10 children. She is survived by a loving husband, Carl Roberts of Fairfield Bay; three daughters, Tina Wilson of Conway, Ark., Pamela Rudisill (Rick) of Troy, Mo., and Angela Roberts of Beverly Hills, Calif.; two sisters, Mayme Larmie of Cape Girardeau and Peggy DiBella of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; four grandchildren, Allison Garner of Conway, Amy Stump of Oregonia, Ohio, Bethany Grissom and Christopher Wilson of Conway; two great-grandchildren, Olivia Garner and Jetton Grissom of Conway.. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/19/12 (12/19/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Jackson police report 12/19/12 (12/19/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/19/20 (12/19/12)
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Out of the past 12/19/12 (12/19/12)
If the Cape Girardeau City Council gives its OK, the Cape Girardeau Convention and Tourism Bureau will operate on a $220,000 budget next year; the proposed budget, requested by the bureau, is $44,000 higher than the current calendar year budget. Jackson attorney John P. Lichtenegger has been elected vice president of the University of Missouri's Board of Curators; Lichtenegger has served on the nine-member board since 1985...
Legislative session (12/19/12)
Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones stopped in Cape Girardeau last week as part of his statewide tour to talk about his plan for the legislative session beginning in January. Jones, R-Eureka, mapped out a three-part agenda he coined the "Triple E Plan." The plan, he said, deals with economic development, energy and education issues...
Great job by Alma Schrader choir (12/19/12)
How very proud we were at Bethany Baptist Church this past Thursday when we were treated to the musical talents of Rebecca Gentry and the Alma Schrader choir. Young lives are being shaped, changed, altered and influenced by the leadership of Mrs. Gentry. It is very apparent these young boys and girls are developing a skill that they will treasure for a lifetime...
Speak Out 12/19/12 (12/19/12)
I wanted to take a moment to thank a stranger who knocked on my window in Fred's parking lot. Earlier that day my husband came home talking about how his place of employment was adopting a family for Christmas. He handed me a list of things they were needing and asked if we could help in any way or even donate $10 toward making their Christmas a little brighter. ...
Prayer 12/19/12 (12/19/12)
O Father God, we praise you for your power is made perfect in our weakness. Amen.
VERIZON WIRELESS 4G LTE NETWORK AVAILABLE IN CAPE (12/19/12)
WHO:Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network WHAT:The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is coming to Cape Girardeau on Dec. 20. Verizon Wireless customers in Cape Girardeau will be able to experience the speed and capabilities offered by the nation's largest 4G LTE network when the company introduces the service tomorrow...
Kendra Eads Graduates from St. Louis University (12/19/12)
Kendra Eads graduated from the St. Louis University School of Social Work December 14th with her Master of Social Work. Kendra currently serves as the Director of the Child Advocacy Center at Beacon Health Center and has worked at BHC since 2004.
Lisa Baker, completes FNP degree (12/19/12)
Friday December 14th Lisa Baker graduated from St. Louis University as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Lisa has been a forensic nurse at Beacon Health Center since 2009. Lisa looks forward to working as a family nurse practitioner at Beacon Health Center and providing care for the people of southeast Missouri...
Banterra Bank donates to Untied Way of SEMO (12/19/12)
Banterra Bank and employees donated $2,950.00 to the 2012 United Way Campaign. Back Row: Ed Carroll & Taneikia Porter Front Row: Lee Ann Tally, Debi Brown, Linda Drum, Becki Lingle
The Bank of Missouri donates to United Way of SEMO (12/19/12)
The Bank of Missouri and employees donated $20,832.12 to the 2012 United Way Campaign. L to R: Sierra Abernathy, Wendell Mueller, Tina Telle, Benjie Ferguson, Pat Kaempfer, Jane Myers, Kathy Bertrand, and Emily Essner.
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (12/19/12)
Nitro is 10 months old. He is a friendly little guy with lots of energy! Nitro is available for adoption at The Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org.
Lake Louise (12/19/12)
We were literally speechless when we first saw the crystal-clear, turquoise beauty of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada.
Alvin The Christmas Squirrel (12/19/12)
Alvin loves to entertain us in our back yard.
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