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Stories from Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Update: I-55 reported clear, other state highways partially clear (12/26/12)
A collection of regular updates about conditions and government services affected by the snow storm that struck Southeast Missouri overnight and into Wednesday morning.
Limbaugh appointed as Cape Girardeau County prosecutor (12/26/12)
Drawing from the ranks of a famous family already awash in legal laurels, Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday named Christopher K. Limbaugh as Cape Girardeau County's next prosecuting attorney. Limbaugh, who expects to be sworn in sometime after Jan. 1, will be the third generation of his family to hold the post. Limbaugh is a cousin of popular conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh....
Council delays action on Ward 6 seat (12/26/12)
Uncertainty about how many candidates will file for election to fill Kathy Swan's Ward 6 council seat has caused Cape Girardeau's city council to delay setting the date of the special election. The council is required to set a date for a special election to replace Swan, who was elected to the Missouri House in November...
Three hurt in collision with train near Dudley (12/26/12)
DUDLEY, Mo. -- Three Essex, Mo., residents sustained serious injuries Saturday when the vehicle they were traveling in failed to stop at a marked railroad crossing southwest of Dudley on County Road 691 and was struck by an eastbound train, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament postponed (12/26/12)
The first day of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament will be moved back. The tournament was originally set to start Wednesday morning, but snow that fell overnight and was still falling by 6 a.m. caused organizers to postpone the first day...
Volunteer spirit touches hearts, paws (12/26/12)
Puppies don't take a vacation during the holidays. They still need food, water and exercise, which they had on Christmas Day thanks to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri's Holiday Helpers. This group of about a dozen volunteers spent Christmas cleaning cages, washing blankets and cuddling kittens so Humane Society staff could enjoy the holiday with families and friends. They cared for more than 50 animals...
Mo. minimum wage set to increase 10 cents Jan. 1 (12/26/12)
Missouri will raise its minimum wage by 10 cents to $7.35 beginning Jan. 1, but whether local workers will see a change in their pay will depend on the type and size of their employer. According to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, retail or service businesses with annual gross sales of less than $500,000 are exempt from the increase, though they are subject to the federal minimum of $7.25...
Barge companies plead for help on Mississippi (12/26/12)
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Several companies that operate barges on the drought-stricken Mississippi River have asked Gov. Steve Beshear to intervene by calling for a presidential disaster declaration. The companies, including three based in Paducah, said doing so could be a first step in getting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from the Missouri River to improve the flow of the Mississippi...
Ferry closed by high winds, ice (12/26/12)
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky transportation officials say the Dorena-Hickman ferry has been closed. The ferry carries vehicles over the Mississippi River between Kentucky Highway 1354 in Hickman and Missouri Route A and Highway 77 near Dorena. The ferry is the only direct route between the states...
Mo. Gov. Nixon opposes guns in school (12/26/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon expressed opposition Monday to legislation that would let Missouri teachers carry concealed guns into classrooms, describing it as "the wrong approach" after the recent deadly shootings at a Connecticut elementary school...
Student food banks fight hunger on campus (12/26/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri junior Simone McGautha works three campus jobs and has accumulated $11,000 in student loans as she seeks to become the first in her family with a college degree. So when McGautha learned about a new campus food pantry for needy students, the 19-year-old was happy to have the help...
Mo. parents say they sought help for son accused in shooting plot (12/26/12)
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- The parents of a Missouri man accused of plotting attacks at a movie theater and a Walmart store said they repeatedly struggled to find mental health care for their son before his arrest. Bill and Tricia Lammers spoke with the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader about their struggles in the wake of the deadly Dec. 14 school shootings in Connecticut...
Newtown 'begins everything all over again' (12/26/12)
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Newtown observed Christmas amid snow-covered teddy bears, stockings, flowers and candles left in memorial to the 20 children and six educators gunned down at an elementary school just 11 days before the holiday. The outpouring of support for this community continued through Christmas Eve, with visitors arriving at town hall with offerings of cards, handmade snowflakes and sympathy...
Man who killed 2 firemen left note about intentions (12/26/12)
WEBSTER, N.Y. -- The ex-con who lured firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of gunfire left a rambling typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday. Police Chief Gerald Pickering said 62-year-old William Spengler, who served 17 years in prison for the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother, armed himself with a revolver, a shotgun and a military-style rifle before he set his house afire to lure first responders into a death trap before dawn on Christmas Eve.. ...
Today in History (12/26/12)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 26, the 361st day of 2012. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 26, 1972, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo., at age 88...
Egypt's constitution passes as economic crunch looms (12/26/12)
CAIRO -- The official approval of Egypt's disputed, Islamist-backed constitution Tuesday held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil, and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi may face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress...
Weather forces changes to Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament schedule (12/26/12)
The tournament is expected to get underway Thursday morning after Wednesday's games were postponed.
Cooper-Johnson is a Central figure (12/26/12)
Any other time of day, she is a normal teenager. On school days, she's up at 6 a.m., eating a quick breakfast before heading off to school. On weekends, she likes to sleep in until nearly noon. She spends her free time watching television or hanging with her friends, eating pizza or chatting on her cell phone. Then the whistle blows, the game starts, and a whole different person emerges. Alayah Cooper-Johnson has come to play.
Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament set to start (12/26/12)
Put down the presents. Wrap up what's left of your Christmas ham and put it on ice. And hands off those holiday cookies. It's time to get down to business. The Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament begins today. Sixteen area high school boys basketball teams will take to the court at the Show Me Center beginning at 9 a.m. today and culminate in Saturday's championship game at 8:30 p.m. Some 28 games will be played over four days in order to crown the 2012 champion...
'Odd Couple' star Klugman dies at 90 (12/26/12)
LOS ANGELES -- For many, Jack Klugman will always be the messy one. His portrayal of sloppy sports writer Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple" left viewers laughing but it also gave Klugman the leverage to create a more serious character, the gruff medical examiner in "Quincy M.E." His everyman ethos and comic timing endeared him to audiences and led to a prolific, six-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television...
Actor Charles Durning dies in NYC at age 89 (12/26/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge. His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific 50-year career as a consummate Oscar-nominated character actor, playing everyone from a Nazi colonel to the pope to Dustin Hoffman's would-be suitor in "Tootsie."...
Thousands sign petition to deport Piers Morgan (12/26/12)
LONDON -- Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views. Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his "Piers Morgan Tonight" show an "unbelievably stupid man."...
Mel Anielak (12/26/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Melvin Dennis Anielak, 68, of Benton died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 12, 1944, in St. Louis, to the late Walter Stanislaus and Rose Drozkowska Anielak. He grew up in St. Louis, and was a 1962 graduate of St. ...
Anna Busby (12/26/12)
Anna Lois Busby, 80, of Millersville passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Jackson Manor. She was born Aug, 30, 1932, at Oran, Mo., daughter of Doc and Leona Kingston Frazier. She and Norman Leon Busby were united in marriage Nov. 28, 1952. Mrs. Busby worked 16 years as a cook for Saint Francis Medical Center, worked as a sewer in the hosiery mill and she cooked for the Millersville Homemakers Club...
Znobia Cook (12/26/12)
Znobia Cook, 89, of Jackson died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Thelma Crites (12/26/12)
Thelma "Ann" Crites, 63, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at her home. She was born Jan. 10, 1949, in Leslie, Ark., daughter of John D. and Thelma Tester Hilton. She worked at the former Hosiery Mill; the former Lenco in Jackson; and Procter & Gamble in Cape Girardeau. ...
Hazel Harris (12/26/12)
Hazel L. Harris, 80, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at her home. She was born Monday, Feb. 8, 1932, in Marvell, Ark., to Coatney and Mae Ethel Lowery Rollie. She was married to Walter Harris Jr., and this union was blessed with nine children...
Edna Hawthorne (12/26/12)
Edna A. Hawthorne, 91, of Jackson died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home. Edna donated her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson are in charge of arrangements...
Velda Lencioni (12/26/12)
Velda L. Lencioni, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 6, 1916, in Union County, Ill., to Frank and Roxie Kimmel Williams. She married Merle Smith on Jan. 28, 1936, in Jackson. She later married Louis Lencioni on May 3, 1963, in Las Vegas. He died Dec. 1, 2006...
Virginia Miller (12/26/12)
"Laugh, love your neighbor, those who aren't your neighbor, just love people." That was Virginia Ann Cheatham Miller's philosophy of life as spoken by her when crowned 2009 Arkansas Nursing Home Queen. The contest was featured in The New York Times Online in a video filmed by her grandsons, television documentarians Brent and Craig Renaud. Virginia "Ginny" truly lived her philosophy. She was lively, loving and loved life...
Phoebe Moore (12/26/12)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Phoebe Jo Moore, 84, of McClure died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at her home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Chapel. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the chapel, with the Rev. Danny Miller officiating. Burial will be at Lindsey Cemetery in McClure...
Mildred Sides (12/26/12)
Mildred "Rosalee" Sides, 87, of Jackson passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 15, 1925, in Millersville, to George "Ed" and Ada A. Welker Winkler. She and Roy "Gene" Sides were married April 8, 1944, in Piggott, Ark. They were married 47 years when Gene passed away March 29, 1992...
Ricky Stearns (12/26/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ricky Lyn Stearns, 59, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1953, in Cape Girardeau, to Herby Stearns and Dorothy Self Stearns. He and Nancy S. Thiele were married Sept. 28, 1974, in Jackson; she survives...
Mary Watkins (12/26/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Mary Belle Watkins, 93, of Jonesboro died at Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Union County Long Term Care Facility in Anna, Ill. Friends may call after 11 a.m. until the service Thursday at the Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/26/12 (12/26/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/26/12 (12/26/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 12/26/12 (12/26/12)
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Norman Copeland recently announced the appointment of John Turner as a deputy sheriff; Turner received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Southeast Missouri State University in 1986. Shoppers were out in force during the five-week Christmas season in the immediate Cape Girardeau area, say area merchants; there's no letup today, as shoppers flock to stores to exchange Christmas gifts and take advantage of post-holiday sales...
A returned ring (12/26/12)
When you've lost so much, sometimes the little things can lift the spirits. Such was the case for Robert De Vincenzi, a victim of Superstorm Sandy, and a Cape Girardeau couple whose paths crossed in an unusual way. Newlyweds Randy and Linda Wilkinson, from Cape Girardeau, were taking a beach stroll in the Bahamas on their honeymoon in November when they found a ring encrusted in coral. ...
Speak out 12/26/12 (12/26/12)
I hope we do go over the fiscal cliff. Think about it, a United States with no more welfare checks, food stamps and handouts. I am absolutely furious with the timing of Emerson's decision to step down as representative. There is no way she couldn't have known she was going to do this before the election. Even though I usually vote Republican, I've never trusted her. This is going to cost the taxpayers a lot of money. Thank you, Rep. Emerson...
Prayer 12/26/12 (12/26/12)
Lord Jesus, we worship you, for your name is above all others. Amen.
Snow Jabba the Hutt (12/26/12)
The historic blizzard required more than just a snow man.
Ernest Reimann turns 106 (12/26/12)
Ernest Reimann turned 106 on Christmas Eve. He is surrounded by his great-grandchildren who are ready to sing "Happy Birthday". (L to R) Bronson Windeknecht, Pierce Bisher, Mariel Bisher, Connor Craigmiles, Janell Windeknecht, & Kyle Craigmiles.
Tubby the Upside Down Snowman (12/26/12)
Snow day fun on December 26th!
Snow fun! (12/26/12)
Our dog scruffy loves chasing the snowballs !
Snow Lover (12/26/12)
Just loving the snow!
Bombs away! (12/26/12)
Bombing Momma with a snowball!
Loving the Snow (12/26/12)
Our giant puppy stole her glove!
Finally! Snow! (12/26/12)
Nathan and Sam have been waiting for a snow day! They were not disappointed at all!
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