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Stories from Friday, January 11, 2002

Friends, family honor Celeste Menees (01/11/02)
A retired Puxico, Mo., businesswoman observed her 100th birthday Thursday with more than 40 friends and relatives in the activity room of Chateau Girardeau Health Center. "This is great," said Celeste Menees, who operated the Puxico Mercantile Store for more than 60 years before moving to Chateau Girardeau retirement community in the late 1980s. "It means so much to me. I appreciate you all."...
Thieves knock hole in brick wall, take cash from store (01/11/02)
Police were investigating a convenience-store burglary in which burglars apparently used a sledgehammer or similar tool to gain entry through a brick wall. Employees at Winks, Themis Street and Silver Springs Road, say it was the third time in two months the store has been targeted by thieves...
Dorothy 'Dot' Berkbigler (01/11/02)
DOROTHY 'DOT' BERKBIGLER
  • RESIDENCE: Perryville, Mo. AGE: 45 BRANCH: Naval reservist, 11th year CURRENT LOCATION: Bahrain OCCUPATION: Human resource coordinator at Rubbermaid Closet and Organization Products (formerly Lee Rowan), Jackson, Mo...
  • Victims of Highway 25 accident identified (01/11/02)
    Police Thursday were still investigating the cause of a five-car accident that left one person dead and three injured on Highway 25 three miles south of Delta, Mo. Anna Sanders, 59, of Bloomfield, Mo., was killed in the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Cape Girardeau County Coroner Mike Hurst...
    Rep. Jetton in I-55 accident (01/11/02)
    Daily American Republic State Rep. Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, is counting his blessings. He credits the seat belt on his van for saving his life Sunday. Jetton was alone in his van on Interstate 55 near Festus, Mo., on his way back from a St. Louis Rams football game when he hit a patch of ice on a bridge and his van started to slide. It slid into a ditch, flipping about eight times before coming to rest on its roof...
    Title behind him, racer says fun is next (01/11/02)
    A championship plaque hangs on Chris Hutson's wall, the payoff for a season's worth of navigating highways, sucking mud and waking up in pain on Monday mornings. Finally, Chris Hutson -- toting the title of an American Motorcycle Association champions -- can go back to having fun...
    Veterans cemetery director named (01/11/02)
    BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A retired Air Force senior master sergeant has been named the first director of the new state veterans cemetery in Bloomfield. Ken Swearengin of Warrensburg, Mo., has been the grounds-crew supervisor at the Higginsville State Veterans Cemetery near Kansas City, Mo., since July 1999. The Missouri Veterans Commission in Jefferson City on Wednesday appointed Swearengin to run the Bloomfield cemetery...
    Tiny typists get familiar with keyboards early (01/11/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- When it came to writing papers for class, some students used to hunt and peck their way across the keys of typewriters or computers until they learned the proper techniques in high school keyboarding classes. But because of the increase in technology over the past several years, elementary schools in Cape Girardeau and Jackson are preparing to add those classes to their curriculums for students as young as 5...
    Jackson woman killed when car runs under rear of truck (01/11/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- A Jackson woman was killed Wednesday when she apparently rear-ended a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 55. Funeral for Becky Ramona Floyd, 41, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Police said Floyd was traveling north on I-55 at about 7:15 p.m. when she struck the rear of the truck, which also was northbound. Her vehicle became wedged under the trailer, which was hauling heavy equipment, police said...
    Woman to stand trial for molestation (01/11/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- A judge ruled Thursday there is enough evidence for a Cape Girardeau woman to stand trial for molesting a teen-age boy. The woman, Pamela L. Recker, 43, is charged with statutory sodomy, accused of performing a sexual act on a 14-year-old boy...
    Republicans seek stay on contribution limits rule (01/11/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A week after the Missouri Republican Party said it would stop challenging the state's party contribution limits, the GOP on Thursday asked a court to stay enforcement of the caps while it appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a motion filed with the 8th U.S. ...
    Sen. Westfall outlines tax increase for highways (01/11/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters would be asked to raise their taxes by an estimated $436 million annually under legislation introduced Thursday by the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. The proposal by Sen. Morris Westfall, R-Halfway, marks a turning point in the lingering transportation debate. It is the largest tax increase that Westfall has embraced and is co-sponsored by both Republican and Democratic senators...
    State casinos say business is up (01/11/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- More Missourians are gambling, and they are spending a lot more money at the casinos, figures from the Missouri Gaming Commission showed Thursday. The monthly revenue report showed that admissions in December were up 20 percent compared to December 2000, as 4.17 million people visited the gambling boats, compared to 3.48 million a year earlier. ...
    Republicans seek stay on contribution limits rule (01/11/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A week after the Missouri Republican Party said it would stop challenging the state's party contribution limits, the GOP on Thursday asked a court to stay enforcement of the caps while it appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a motion filed with the 8th U.S. ...
    Lawmakers rush to fix window-tint blunder (01/11/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers never intended to make thousands of vehicles with tinted windows illegal last year. But they did just that when they passed a bill restricting the darkness of vehicles' rear windows. Now, they're rushing to reverse course. Just two days into the 2002 session, a House committee Thursday approved and sent to the full chamber a bill that would undo part of the 2001 law...
    President Bush plans to visit Aurora (01/11/02)
    AURORA, Mo. (AP) -- President Bush will stop Monday in the southwest Missouri town of Aurora, a city official said. City Manager Glen Welden said Friday that the town of about 6,500 residents learned of Bush's visit when an advance team of Secret Service agents asked Thursday to meet with police and fire officials...
    Missouri receives tobacco money (01/11/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's revenue from a national tobacco settlement now stands at $389 million. The state received $44.2 million on Dec. 31 as its annual January payment from the settlement between big tobacco companies and states that sued over the costs of treating tobacco-related illnesses...
    $7,000 in Rams merchandise stolen (01/11/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams merchandise appears to be in hot demand these days -- even by thieves. Police are investigating the theft late Wednesday or early Thursday of about $7,000 worth of Rams-related items from Chip Bartz's "Almost Everything" sports shop. Items reportedly taken included about 130 Rams jerseys and 50 Rams jackets, along with $30 to $40 cash...
    Security questions arise at Lambert again (01/11/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- For the second time in six days, Federal Aviation Administration officials have questioned American Airlines' inspections of some of the checked baggage at Lambert Airport. Elizabeth Isham Cory, an agency spokeswoman in Chicago, said FAA inspectors Wednesday found that "some security requirements were not being followed" by American Airlines agents, then asked the airline to remedy the problem...
    Company fined for tobacco sales (01/11/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis judge has fined 7-Eleven Corp. $7,000 and ordered the company to do a better job of training workers to spot minors trying to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. Circuit Judge Julian L. Bush's order, announced Thursday, said the Dallas-based chain's efforts to prevent tobacco sales to minors "have proven a dismal failure." The ruling followed a three-day trial last month over a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon in May 2000...
    Senate transportation funding proposal (01/11/02)
    Missouri Sen. Morris Westfall and several other members of the Senate Transportation Committee introduced legislation Thursday that would ask voters to raise taxes by $436 million. Motor fuel tax Raises the motor fuel tax to 22 cents a gallon from the current 17 cents, generating $196 million annually. Of that, $137.2 million would go to the state transportation department and $58.8 million to cities and counties...
    White House tells of contacts with Enron (01/11/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The White House revealed on Thursday that Enron Corp., an energy firm closely tied to President Bush, sought the administration's help shortly before collapsing with the life savings of many workers. In a separate disclosure, the company's auditors said they had destroyed many Enron documents...
    Ford to close suburban St. Louis plant by mid-decade (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterHAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. announced Friday it will close its suburban St. Louis plant by mid-decade, a move that would cost about 2,600 workers their jobs. The Hazelwood plant makes Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicles. The plant, which opened in 1948, has about 2,400 hourly workers and about 240 salaried workers...
    Nevada picked for nuclear waste dump site for nation (01/11/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department gave the go-ahead for a nuclear waste dump in the Nevada desert Thursday, contending the site is scientifically sound and that "compelling national interests" override the state's strong objections. President Bush must decide whether to approve the site and apply for a federal license...
    Bush bypasses Senate, appoints conservatives Reich, Scalia (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Circumventing Senate opposition, President Bush signed recess appointments Friday for conservatives Otto Reich and Eugene Scalia. A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the White House gave Congress formal notification of the long-threatened appointments early Friday afternoon...
    Powell to visit Afghanistan next week (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit Afghanistan next week to show support for the pro-Western interim government installed three weeks ago, the State Department said Friday. The visit will be part of a trip that includes stops in India, Pakistan, Japan and possibly other countries that have not been disclosed...
    Supreme Court will consider limits for disability lawsuits (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide if cities can face big-dollar punitive damage verdicts for not accommodating the disabled. The eventual ruling could have implications for cities nationwide that have tried, some more successfully than others, to make their buildings and services friendly to the disabled...
    People talk1/11 (01/11/02)
    Guitarist to give profit from house sale to charity LONDON -- Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is giving the proceeds from the sale of his London house to a charity. Gilmour sold the home to Earl Spencer -- brother of the late Princess Diana -- for $6.48 million, and gave the money to Crisis, which helps homeless people, The Sunday Telegraph reported...
    Wholesale prices down 0.7 percent in December (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices, led by a sharp drop in energy costs, fell by 0.7 percent in December, helping to make 2001 the tamest year for inflation at the producer level since 1986. The Labor Department's producer price index, which measures price pressures before they reach consumers, fell by 1.8 percent for all of last year, the biggest annual decline 1986, when wholesale prices dropped by 2.3 percent, the government reported Friday...
    Alaska court - Mental illness not reason to revoke gun permit (01/11/02)
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Judge Natalie Finn took away Timothy Wagner's gun permit after he claimed someone had implanted a computer chip in his head and injected him with deadly chemicals. A state appeals court, though, ruled that Finn erred, saying Alaska's concealed-carry law does not allow general concerns about mental illness to play a role in deciding whether someone should have a gun...
    Attacks' fallout may cost nation 1.8 million jobs (01/11/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will cost the country more than 1.8 million jobs by the end of the year, according to a study released today. The Milken Institute, a Santa Monica-based economic think tank that conducted the study of 315 cities, said the losses will spread across industries, from restaurants to financial services to aerospace...
    Nation digest 1/11 7a (01/11/02)
    Feds announce arrests in drug distribution ring WASHINGTON -- Federal drug agents smashed a drug-smuggling and distribution ring run by Middle Easterners Thursday, charging more than 100 people with selling common cold tablets smuggled from Canada for conversion to methamphetamine...
    Jury deliberates in hockey dad's trial (01/11/02)
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The jury in the manslaughter case against a hockey dad began deliberating Thursday whether he was a "gentle giant" who fought back in self-defense, or just a bully. Thomas Junta, 44, could get up to 20 years in prison if convicted of beating another father to death in a case that has drawn national attention to parental violence at youth sporting events...
    Ford to shut down five plants in restructuring (01/11/02)
    AP Auto WriterDEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Calling its restructuring "painful, but necessary," Ford Motor Co.'s CEO said Friday that the automaker would shed 35,000 jobs worldwide, closing five plants and eliminating four vehicles. "We strayed from what got us to the top of the mountain, and it cost us greatly," William Clay Ford Jr. said from company headquarters in announcing the plan designed to return the world's No. 2 automaker to profitability...
    Singapore details terrorist plots (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterSINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore released details Friday of an elaborate plot by al-Qaida linked terrorists to blow up Western embassies, U.S. naval vessels, a shuttle bus carrying American soldiers and the offices of U.S. companies...
    First prisoners from Afghanistan arrive at base in Cuba (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterGUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL STATION, Cuba (AP) -- A U.S. Air Force plane carrying 20 prisoners from Afghanistan touched down at this remote U.S. military outpost Friday, bringing the first of hundreds who are to be detained here for questioning...
    Twenty al-Qaida prisoners headed to U.S. base in Cuba (01/11/02)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S. Marines began an extraordinary security mission on Thursday night -- flying the first 20 of hundreds of al-Qaida prisoners to a U.S. base on Cuba, where they are to be held for questioning and possible trial. Gunfire broke out near the heavily guarded Marine base at Kandahar airport as the U.S. Air Force C-17 took off -- a sign of how the area around the city that was once a stronghold of the Taliban remains insecure...
    Many nations not reporting to counterterrorism board (01/11/02)
    UNITED NATIONS -- More than one-third of the world's countries have failed to submit a report to the United Nations on their counterterrorism measures despite a requirement to do so by the end of December, the British ambassador said Thursday. As part of the global crackdown on terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks, the Security Council asked all 189 countries in the United Nations to report the steps they've taken against terrorism...
    Skeletons from 1999 Taliban massacre found (01/11/02)
    ADRESKAN, Afghanistan -- A tip from a shepherd has led Afghan officials to what they say is the scene of a 1999 Taliban massacre of 72 people falsely accused of fanning a short-lived revolt in the western part of Afghanistan. The valley was scattered with skeletons and skulls, and the wrists of some of the remains were bound by green nylon rope...
    Study - Less aspirin does better job for hearts at risk (01/11/02)
    LONDON -- People at high risk of heart attack or stroke -- not just patients who have already been stricken -- should be taking aspirin, but the dosage could be about half of what is now prescribed, according to major new research. The study also concluded that the aspirin can help a wider range of people with potential heart trouble -- those suffering from risky conditions such as diabetes, chest pain, irregular heart beat and diseased leg arteries...
    Marines hunt for gunmen who attacked base at Kandahar (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterKANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Marines hunted Friday for gunmen who attacked their airport base in Kandahar during the first high-security flight of al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners to a U.S. base in Cuba, where they will be questioned and possibly tried...
    India is 'fully ready' for war, says army chief (01/11/02)
    Associated Press WriterNEW DELHI, India (AP) -- In a tough warning from India's military, the army chief said Friday that his country is "ready for war" and threatened massive retaliation if Pakistan struck with nuclear weapons. Gen. Sunderajan Padmanabhan said the buildup of Indian and Pakistani troops at the border had brought the two countries "quite close to an actual war." But he repeated India's policy that it would not be the first to use nuclear weapons in any conflict...
    Charleston, Kelly to meet for title (01/11/02)
    MORLEY, Mo. -- Top-seeded Charleston used balanced scoring as it advanced to the championship of the Scott-Mississippi Tournament with a 55-45 victory over No. 4 Scott City Thursday night. Charleston will face No. 2 Kelly (10-2) in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. championship . Kelly defeated No. 3 Delta 53-42 in the other semifinal...
    Big lead turns into big win for SE (01/11/02)
    By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team wasn't winless before Thursday -- it only seemed that way because the Indians hadn't beaten a Division I opponent. That changed Thursday in a big way at the Show Me Center after a 95-75 Ohio Valley Conference rout of Eastern Kentucky...
    Hearst rises to earn another comeback award (01/11/02)
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Garrison Hearst hopes he is done with comebacks. Hearst was a runaway winner of The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award Thursday in balloting by writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL. He received 47 of the 50 votes...
    Selig is a leader out of touch with the times (01/11/02)
    It's time for Bud Selig to let go of contraction. If not, then it's time for him to go. Not just because the commissioner is a lousy labor negotiator, or because he's pushing a bad contraction plan. Or even because we just learned old pal Carl Pohlad, who helped arrange a $3 million loan in 1995 for Selig's Milwaukee Brewers, stands to reap a windfall if his Minnesota Twins get contracted anytime soon...
    Ridge praises Salt Lake security plan as best ever (01/11/02)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Even before Tom Ridge stepped onto a helicopter Thursday for a tour of Olympic sites, he was convinced everything possible had been done to make next month's Winter Olympics safe. Nothing the nation's domestic security chief saw on his morning flyover of ski slopes and ice arenas made him change his mind...
    LSU's Reed, MSU's Duckett jump to draft (01/11/02)
    Add All-Americans receivers Josh Reed of LSU and Jabar Gaffney of Florida to the already impressive list of underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft. The star receivers and Michigan State running back T.J. Duckett, Tennessee receiver Donte Stallworth and Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens said Thursday they are leaving school early to enter the draft...
    Next step brings Jets to Oakland (01/11/02)
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Curtis Martin and his teammates claim the New York Jets are determined to take the next step. To do it, the Jets must step over the Oakland Raiders once again. Six days after the Jets marched into the playoffs with a last-minute victory over the Raiders at the Coliseum, they'll be back in the center of the Black Hole -- and carrying renewed confidence for another shot at reeling Oakland on Saturday in a wild-card game...
    LSU's Reed, MSU's Duckett jump to draft (01/11/02)
    Add All-Americans receivers Josh Reed of LSU and Jabar Gaffney of Florida to the already impressive list of underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft. The star receivers and Michigan State running back T.J. Duckett, Tennessee receiver Donte Stallworth and Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens said Thursday they are leaving school early to enter the draft...
    No changes made in Cards' ticket prices (01/11/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Prices will remain unchanged for individual tickets to St. Louis Cardinals games in 2002, the team said Thursday. Those tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Jan. 26. The top price for an individual game ticket remains $47 for a diamond box seat, with a low of $9 for seats in upper terrace reserved or standing room. A children's ticket for the upper terrace is $4...
    Instantly, the news from Pakistan became a local story (01/11/02)
    It's at times like this you realize that freedom is not free. -- Bill Harkey, Cape Girardeau, retired Army lieutenant colonel and father-in-law of a Marine pilot who died in Pakistan this week. Someone a lot smarter than I am said: All news is local...
    Soccer pro wins prize on TV's 'Survivor 3' (01/11/02)
    NEW YORK -- This go-around, it's not earthshaking news, but the winner of "Survivor 3" is Ethan Zohn. Zohn, the curly headed soccer pro from Lexington, Mass., edged out Kim Johnson, the retired teacher from Oyster Bay, N.Y., on Thursday's two-hour finale to win the "Sole Survivor" title and pocket $1 million from his African adventure...
    Music and lights and bowling draw crowds to Thunder Alley (01/11/02)
    They come from Southeast Missouri towns like Perryville, Oran, Scott City, Sikeston and Jackson, where long mid-winter Friday nights can run short on things for teen-agers and young adults to do. Cape Girardeau isn't much different until West Park Lanes begins filling up for Thunder Alley...
    Starsailor sounds on verge of a nervous breakdown (01/11/02)
    By The Associated Press Selected releases: "Love Is Here" (Capitol/EMI, $10.97) -- Starsailor British band Starsailor comes off as an angst-ridden college band that scored a record deal with a whiny guitar; a group of men who seem to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown...
    Songwriters, record labels battling over ownership rights (01/11/02)
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Don Henley and The Eagles were flying high with chart-topping hits in the 1970s when Henley bought his parents a television with part of his first advance. These days, however, Henley is busy battling major labels over "works made for hire," agreements in which artists sign away the rights to nearly all music they perform and create under contract...
    Sundance Film Festival to preface Olympics (01/11/02)
    The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY -- For years, the Sundance Film Festival has billed itself as the premier showcase for independent filmmakers to compete for awards and studio acquisition. This year, the festival also serves as a prelude for a much larger competition: the Winter Olympics...
    Baxter Black, cowboy poet and archer (01/11/02)
    BENSON, Ariz. e calls them arrows in the sky, and Baxter Black has shot off plenty. Take his introduction to country singer Red Steagall in 1979, by way of a horse clipper salesman. Black was working as a large animal veterinarian in Idaho, writing songs on the side. He sent a tape of his ditties off with the salesman, hoping it would somehow land in the hands of someone famous...
    Joe Jones (01/11/02)
    Joe H. Jones, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Feb. 20, 1915, at Arbor, Mo., son of John H. and Savannah A. Corsey Jones. He and Cleo Mansker were married Nov. 2, 1934, at Benton, Mo. She died July 4, 2001...
    Peggy Watkins (01/11/02)
    HIRAM, Mo. -- Peggy Jane Watkins, 54, of Hiram died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at her home, following an illness. She was born Dec. 5, 1947, at Hiram, daughter of Clyde and Addie Jaco Skaggs. She and David Wayne Watkins were married April 19, 1974. Watkins was a postmaster relief employee for Lowndes Post Office at Lowndes, Mo...
    Carolyn Thomas (01/11/02)
    Carolyn Thomas, 62, of San Francisco died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. She was born June 10, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Keith R. and Kathryn Finch Tolliver. She attended Central High School; and received associate, bachelor and master degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia...
    Leroy Propst (01/11/02)
    MILLERSVILLE, Mo. -- P. Leroy Propst, 70, of Kansas City, Kan., died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at his home. A native of Millersville, he moved to Kansas City in 1954 from Cape Girardeau. Propst was a truck driver with Mid-West Conveyer many years, and member of Teamsters Union...
    John Sutton (01/11/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Funeral for Glenna W. Cline of Sikeston will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ponder Funeral Home. The Rev. John Bouldry will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. today...
    John Cash (01/11/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- John Leslie Cash, 38, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002. He was born July 2, 1963, in Blytheville, Ark., son of George L. and Judith A. Cash. He married Babette Cash. Cash served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant/first sergeant, retiring in August 2000. He served in the Desert Storm conflict and was in charge of maintenance of two squadrons of FB-11's...
    John Sutton (01/11/02)
    TAMMS, Ill. -- John L. Sutton, 52, of Tamms died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at the H.S. Care Center in Tamms. He was born Jan. 26, 1949, in Decatur, Ill. Survivors include the staff, center and residents of the H.S. Care Center in Tamms. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jones Funeral Home in Tamms with a graveside service to follow at the Liberty Cemetery east of Pulaski, Ill., with the Rev. Larry Buckles officiating...
    Becky Floyd (01/11/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Becky Ramona Floyd, 41, of Jackson died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, in an automobile accident on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 8, 1960, in St. Louis, daughter of Kathy Lucille Fralix Woods. She and Duane Floyd were married Aug. 5, 1978, at Lutesville, Mo...
    Thelma Halter (01/11/02)
    Thelma Rose Halter, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Nov. 7, 1909, at New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Charles and Emma Schlitt Halter. She first married Clem Fornkohl in 1939. He died in 1947. She later married Alfred Halter Oct. 2, 1956, in Cape Girardeau. He died in 1983...
    Births 1/11/02 (01/11/02)
    Harris Daughter to Jason C. Harris and Temika Nicole Cleaves of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:07 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2002. Name, DaLaysha Monique. Weight, 8 pounds 2 ounces. First child. Ms. Temika is the daughter of Tangler Cleaves of Cape Girardeau and Tyran Marks of Paducah, Ky. Harris is the son of Brenda Wren and Archie Wren of Cape Girardeau...
    3 hurt in separate accidents (01/11/02)
    A Jackson, Mo., woman was seriously injured in a vehicle accident Wednesday west of Cape Girardeau, while two Jackson residents suffered moderate injuries in an accident Tuesday west of Fruitland, Mo. Rachelle Jaco, 26, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center after the 4:40 a.m. accident Wednesday on Route K three miles west of Cape Girardeau...
    Cape police report 1/11/02 (01/11/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Jan. 11 Arrests George Oliver Moore, 24, 1118 Jefferson, was arrested Wednesday for assault and tampering. George Davidson Jolly, II, 30, Scott City, was arrested Wednesday for failure to appear...
    Cape fire report 1/11/02 (01/11/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Jan. 11Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: At 5:48 p.m., a truck and bike accident on South Kingshighway. At 9:21 p.m., an emergency medical service at 21 N. Hanover. At 11:16 p.m., an alarm sounding at the Scully Building at Southeast Missouri State University.Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
    Out of the past 1/11/02 (01/11/02)
    10 years ago: Jan. 11, 1992 Boards of directors of Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and Regional Commerce and Growth Association have unanimously endorsed proposal to increase state gas tax by 6 cents;. Perryville - Officials in Perry County are seeking approval by Missouri General Assembly this year to give voters opportunity to approve 1-cent sales tax to fund 4,000-acre lake; legislation would give county voters power to establish an administrative authority to oversee maintenance and development of lake.. ...
    Cape's medical reputation continues to grow (01/11/02)
    Last May, Southeast Missouri Hospital announced the donation and purchase of more than 20 acres of property near I-55. Officials said some of the services currently offered at the hospital's main campus overlooking Capaha Park eventually could move to a medical mall setting on the new property...
    Highway bonds deepen state budget woes (01/11/02)
    When the Missouri Legislature authorized $2.25 billion of bonds to be used by the Missouri Department of Transportation over several years, it failed to implement any sort of funding mechanism for paying back the bonds. At the time, critics of the bond plan -- including this newspaper -- warned that MoDOT's money problems would only get worse as principal and interest payments came due on any issued bonds, taking away even more revenue that otherwise would have been used for maintenance and construction projects.. ...
    Ashcroft's foes wage all-out war of good vs. evil (01/11/02)
    To the editor: Last year, Christians united to support John Ashcroft when he was under a vicious attack by enemies of freedom. The ACLU and others were outraged that an outspoken Christian and vigilant defender of the U.S. Constitution could be named as head of the Department of Justice...
    Home schoolers barred from school sports (01/11/02)
    To the editor: Home-schooled students are not allowed to participate in interscholastic sports. We recently pulled our children from public school with the understanding that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education allowed children to be enrolled in any combination or public, private, parochial or home school. ...
    Speak Out A 1/11/02 (01/11/02)
    Teacher testing THIS IS in response to Luana Gifford's plea to give teachers tools, not tests. Get real, this is the same old union story in a slightly different wrapper. When the fluff is blown off Gifford's essay, it is apparent she does not want teachers to be held accountable under any circumstances. ...
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