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Stories from Friday, February 15, 2002

Nation digest 2/15/02 (02/15/02)
Retired sergeant accused in spy offer Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a retired Air Force master sergeant with attempting to spy for Iraq, Libya and China, accusing Brian P. Regan of writing Saddam Hussein to offer his services for $13 million...
Nike's Air Jordan shoe takes giant leap in price (02/15/02)
Staff and wire reports Air Jordan, the most successful brand of Nike basketball shoes, took a vertical leap with a price of $200 a pair. And retailers in Cape Girardeau say when it comes to buying the shoes, customers just aren't doing it. "They're not really selling well," said a Champs employee who did not want to be identified. "We've sold some, but I think the price range has hurt them."...
Millersville couple honored for 68 years together (02/15/02)
Earl Wills and Opal Martin met during a party at Millersville, Mo. That was more than 68 years ago. Earl and Opal Wills observed their 68th wedding anniversary in December. They were honored again on Thursday, Valentine's Day. The Wills were among more than 275 couples who gathered at the A.C. Brase Arena Building in Cape Girardeau Thursday for a Valentine's Day celebration for couples who have been married at least 50 years...
Voters, the cards are in the mail (02/15/02)
JACKSON, Mo. New voter ID cards -- about 44,000 of them -- will be mailed out to Cape Girardeau County voters beginning today. The Cape Girardeau county clerk's office has been busy printing out the yellow cards this week and stacking them for mailing...
8-year-old identifies boy kidnapped from home (02/15/02)
Second-grader Keisha Riegert always goes over to look at the posters of missing children while her mother, Gail, is in the checkout line at Wal-Mart. She just wants to see if she knows anybody. While looking at the posters on Feb. 2, Keisha yelled three words that have returned a kidnapped boy to his mother and put the boy's father in jail...
Falwell promotes plans for upcoming crusade (02/15/02)
Want to help? Volunteers are needed in several areas for the Hope for America crusade.
  • To join the choir, call Robert Jenkins at 243-2480.
  • To be a greeter, usher or offertory volunteer, call contact Doug Austin at 335-9209.
  • Counselors are needed each night. Call Johnny Seabaugh at 243-1322 to volunteer...
  • Feds indict six in theft at casino (02/15/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Federal prosecutors have indicted six former employees of the area's former Station Casino on charges involving the theft of more than $2 million. According to the indictment, the six defendants were employees of the Station Casino -- bought in 2000 and now run by Ameristar Casinos Inc. -- as floor workers responsible for paying slot machine jackpots...
    House OKs public school funding bill (02/15/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state wouldn't have to find as much money to meet lawmakers' promises for funding public schools next year under legislation given initial House approval Thursday. Rep. Chuck Graham's proposal would reduce the expected increase in education funding for fiscal 2003 to $175 million from $220 million...
    Senate bill to aid non-English speakers (02/15/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the number of non-English speakers growing in Missouri, state officials are taking steps to see that they know what they're buying when they purchase insurance policies. Under a bill passed Thursday by the Senate, insurance companies could provide policies and related documents in languages other than English. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Larry Rohrbach, was approved 32-0 without debate and now heads to the House...
    Forest Service backs firm's lead drilling tests (02/15/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Forest Service recommended Thursday Doe Run Co. be allowed to prospect for lead in the Mark Twain National Forest. Critics had argued the prized Ozarks land should be left alone. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will make the decision on the drilling. Thursday's move does not mean that mining for ore beneath the forest floor was inevitable, said Charlotte Wiggins, a spokeswoman for the forest...
    Holden signs car-window measure (02/15/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It is once again legal for Missouri motorists to have dark tints on the rear windows of their motor vehicles. For the second time in two years, Gov. Bob Holden signed legislation revising restrictions on the tinting of vehicle windows...
    Deficit forces layoffs, pay cuts at MU Health (02/15/02)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- An estimated $9 million in losses will force University of Missouri Health Care to implement more layoffs, salary cuts and hiring freezes, officials said. Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Daniel Winship outlined the plan Thursday in an e-mail to employees. He said the shortfall arose because the state has not yet sent millions of dollars it had promised to the health system...
    Ex-school counselor pleads guilty to reduced charges for murder (02/15/02)
    MARSHALL, Mo. -- A former middle school counselor accused in the death of his 8-year-old son has entered a guilty plea to reduced murder charges. Tolliver J. Simonton has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to class A felony murder in the second degree...
    Family eager for information on missing mom of slain 8-year-old (02/15/02)
    BOONVILLE, Mo. -- Relatives of a slain 8-year-old girl and her missing mother waited anxiously Thursday for developments in the bewildering case. There was no word on the whereabouts of 43-year-old Janice Owen or her boyfriend, truck driver Michael R. Wilson, authorities said...
    River Campus will have to wait for bulk of state aid (02/15/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although the state has earmarked $16.55 million for the River Campus, nearly three-quarters of that money won't be available anytime soon. The Missouri General Assembly appropriated the funding for Southeast Missouri State University's planned fine arts center in two rounds. The initial $4.6 million was approved in 1999 and the remaining $11.95 million in 2000...
    Bloomfield veterans cemetery bids opened (02/15/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The three lowest bids for the contract to build a new state veterans cemetery at Bloomfield are all higher than the state's estimated project cost. However, a state official said that isn't necessarily cause for concern. The Missouri Veterans Commission established the project cost at $4.53 million. The low bid of $4.91 million -- 8.2 percent higher than the estimate -- came from NJC Constructors...
    Sikeston Job Expo set for March 1 (02/15/02)
    Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- For the past seven years the Business and Technology Job Expo has brought together high school students and people interested in learning more about the jobs in the area and businesses wanting to let the community know they are here...
    Texas scientists create first cat clone (02/15/02)
    In an advance that takes cloning out of the barnyard and into the living room, researchers announced Thursday they have cloned a cat. The female domestic shorthair is called "cc" for "copycat." It was born Dec. 22 and is now healthy and frisky, researcher Duane Kraemer of Texas A&M University in College Station said...
    Enron executive tells of silence, intimidation (02/15/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Enron executive Sherron Watkins said Thursday it was common knowledge at the company that partnerships were used improperly to hide debt and inflate profits but chairman Kenneth Lay was duped into acceptance and others were intimidated into silence...
    State delegation splits on reform for spending in campaigns (02/15/02)
    Label hed: Party lines The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt applauded House passage of campaign spending reforms Thursday, while another House leader, Republican Rep. Roy Blunt predicted such a law would be declared unconstitutional...
    House approves third economic stimulus tax package (02/15/02)
    WASHINGTON -- For the third time, and probably again in vain, the House on Thursday approved a $150 billion Republican economic stimulus package based on business and individual tax cuts. Democrats said the bill would go nowhere in the Senate and would delay aid to the jobless...
    Regulators take on hot line for deceptive tactics (02/15/02)
    Staff and wire reports Federal fraud fighters say Miss Cleo's psychic hot line should have seen it coming: A lawsuit accusing the service of rampant deception. Describing the hot line as "permeated with fraud," the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it wants to shut down Access Resource Services Inc. and Psychic Readers Network. The two companies in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are behind the telephone psychic reading service advertised by mail, on television and the Internet...
    Top foreign policy adviser says bin Laden probably alive (02/15/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The White House is concerned that Osama bin Laden's fractured terror network could be regenerating in havens across the globe, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Thursday. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, President Bush's top foreign policy adviser said the United States continues to aggressively pursue bin Laden because "we assume he's alive," even as his al-Qaida network operates without its former command structure...
    Senate leader says filibuster doomed (02/15/02)
    Moving swiftly, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle pledged Thursday to try to pass sweeping legislation to rewrite campaign spending rules "the minute we receive it" from the House. He said any filibuster was doomed. "This is the year we're finally going to pass campaign finance reform," Daschle, D-S.D., said at a combination news conference and celebration arranged by jubilant supporters of the measure less than eight hours after the House approved it...
    Bush OKs Yucca Mountain for storing nuclear waste (02/15/02)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Friday approved Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the site for long-term disposal of thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste, according to congressional sources. An announcement was expected from the White House later. Bush's chief of staff, Andrew Card, notified key members of Congress of the decision...
    Saudi man convicted of lying (02/15/02)
    PHOENIX -- A Saudi man was convicted Thursday of lying to the FBI when he denied knowing one of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Faisal Al Salmi repeatedly denied knowing Hani Hanjour, one of the terrorists aboard the plane that hit the Pentagon, during a series of interviews on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, prosecutors said...
    Heir and director hopes to be deal breaker (02/15/02)
    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- They share a name, but that's about it. Hewlett-Packard Co. wishes Walter Hewlett would just go away. The eldest son of one of the company's revered co-founders, the 57-year-old Hewlett has picked a fight with fellow HP board members over its $23 billion plan to buy Compaq Computer Corp...
    People talk 2/15/02 (02/15/02)
    Singer ordered to pay for plagiarizing lyrics LONDON -- Chart-topping singer Robbie Williams and his publisher must pay $71,000 in royalties to the owners of a song whose lyrics he plagiarized, a judge ruled Thursday. Judge Nicholas Pumfrey rejected a request for more damages from Ludlow Music Inc., which holds the copyright to the Woody Guthrie song "I Am the Way."...
    Stocks tumble on profit-taking, accounting worries (02/15/02)
    AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street fell back Friday as investors, beset by new accounting concerns at IBM, decided it was time to sell and lock in profits from the week's rally. A disappointing consumer sentiment survey provided even more incentive to retreat. Analysts said the decline, while not surprising after the market's big move up, reflected investors' ongoing reluctance to commit until earnings are more certain. The tech sector suffered the steepest loss...
    Judge sets late August trial date for Lindh (02/15/02)
    Associated Press WriterALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- John Walker Lindh will likely go on trial in late August on charges that he conspired to kill Americans and aided terrorists while a foot soldier for the Taliban in Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said Friday that he would be willing, closer to the trial date, to consider a defense objection that the Aug. 26 date he picked could leave the defense team to present its case on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks...
    World's young people query Powell about issues (02/15/02)
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taking a step beyond the Bush administration, Secretary of State Colin Powell boldly encouraged the use of condoms by the sexually active during an interview with young MTV watchers from across the globe. Powell was put on the spot by Daniela Sirtori, 19, a Roman Catholic in Milan, Italy. She wanted Powell to describe his thoughts about her church's stance on condom use. He grinned widely before answering...
    Canadian skating pair awarded gold medal (02/15/02)
    AP Sports WriterSALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were awarded an Olympic gold medal Friday, and a judge at the center of the disputed pairs competition was suspended for alleged misconduct. The highly unusual decision allows the Russian pair to keep their gold medal, which was narrowly won during Monday night's free skate program. Sale and Pelletier are expected to receive the medal Thursday, before the start of the women's program...
    Slain al-Qaida suspect related to Sept. 11 hijacker (02/15/02)
    SAN'A, Yemen -- A suspected al-Qaida member who accidentally blew himself up after being cornered by security forces in a San'a suburb was related to one of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers, Yemeni security officials said Thursday. Sameer Mohammed Ahmed al-Hada, who died in the confrontation with police Wednesday, was a brother-in-law of Khalid Almihdhar, the officials said on condition of anonymity...
    Despite politics, young Chinese drawn to U.S. popular culture (02/15/02)
    SHANGHAI, China -- Yang Jie's parents found inspiration in the revolutionary slogans of Mao Tse-tung. The 20-year-old Shanghai youth discovered his in the gyrating hips of Janet Jackson. Yang was just another college-bound high school student until he saw a Jackson concert video three years ago. The energy and freedom that he felt from her performance convinced him to become a professional dancer instead...
    Islamic militant tells police kidnapped reporter is dead (02/15/02)
    KARACHI, Pakistan -- A British-born militant with a history of kidnapping Westerners confessed Thursday to the abduction of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and, in a chilling declaration, told a Pakistani court he believes the journalist is dead...
    Bomb by Israeli tank kills three (02/15/02)
    JERUSALEM -- A bomb went off under a tank in the Gaza Strip Thursday, killing three Israelis and wounding two, military officials said, as European diplomats stepped up an offensive to end Israeli-Palestinian violence. The attack followed an Israeli incursion into Gaza that was denounced by the Palestinian leadership as a "dangerous escalation" in violence. It was Israel's largest operation in Gaza during 16 months of clashes...
    Shots fired at U.S. base in Afghanistan (02/15/02)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Attackers who opened fire on the main American base in southern Afghanistan appeared well-organized and moved within 50 yards of U.S. positions, an Army spokesman said Thursday. Two U.S. soldiers were slightly wounded when intruders fired on U.S. ...
    Russian, Canadian leaders talk of closer partnership (02/15/02)
    MOSCOW -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said Thursday that Russia and Canada were competitors in many areas, including hockey and ice skating, but the two should use their similarities to build a stronger partnership. Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, Chretien referred obliquely to the controversy over the Russian figure skating pair's narrow victory over a Canadian duo that was favored by the crowd at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. ...
    Notre Dame rolls in 2A district preview (02/15/02)
    Deana McCormick had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame in a 94-24 girls' basketball win over Kelly Thursday, a possible preview for the Class 2A, District 2 championship game. Three other players scored in double figures for Notre Dame. Ashley Millham led with 27. Lisa Millham had 19 and Ali Tyson 12...
    Southeast baseball at a glance (02/15/02)
  • CoachES: MARK HOGAN, 211-165-1 IN SEVEN SEASONS AT SOUTHEAST. ASSISTANTS ARE JEREMY TYSON (THIRD YEAR); SCOTT SOUTHARD (THIRD YEAR); JEFF HILZ (VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT, FIRST YEAR). N 2001 RECORD: 34-20, 15-6 OVC (2nd place)...
  • Southeast wins 2nd straight, topples UTM at home (02/15/02)
    For the first time this season, Southeast Missouri State University has a two-game winning streak. And the Indians also have a leg up in the chase for the eighth and final spot in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, accomplished Thursday night at the Show Me Center after the Indians hammered Tennessee-Martin 78-51 in front of 4,081 appreciative fans...
    Defense triggers end to Otahkians' streak (02/15/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University's women turned to their defense Thursday to halt a five-game losing streak. The Otahkians limited Tennessee-Martin to 29.8-percent shooting from the field and held the Skyhawks scoreless for more than eight minutes at the end of the first half on their way to a 61-51 victory at the Show Me Center...
    Change in position leaves McDonald in a familiar role (02/15/02)
    Tristen McDonald was ready to get back behind the plate. A senior who started in right field last year for Southeast Missouri State University, McDonald will be at catcher today when the Indians open their season at Oklahoma. "I'm stoked," said a smiling McDonald prior to the Indians' practice Wednesday afternoon. "It's been a long time coming."...
    Olympic champion hospitalized with hypothermia after rescue (02/15/02)
    AFTON, Wyo. (AP) -- Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner was hospitalized Friday for hypothermia and possible frostbite after spending the night outdoors when he became stranded while snowmobiling. Gardner spent the night in temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees below zero and is lucky to be alive, said Lincoln County Sheriff Lee Gardner, a distant cousin of the Greco-Roman wrestling gold medalist...
    Canadian skier seriously injured during training accident (02/15/02)
    SNOWBASIN, Utah (AP) -- A member of the Canadian Alpine skiing team was seriously injured in a training accident Friday morning and was airlifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City. David Anderson, 22, from Rossland, British Columbia, had multiple fractures to his arms and legs and a possible head injury, said Jess Gomez, a spokesman for LDS Hospital. He was conscious and alert, Gomez said, but in serious condition...
    Padres outfielder Matt Darr killed in crash (02/15/02)
    PHOENIX (AP) -- San Diego Padres outfielder Mike Darr was killed and a minor league pitcher was injured early Friday when the vehicle they were riding in rolled over on an interstate highway. Darr, 25, was San Diego's opening-day center fielder in 2001, his first full big league season. He moved into the starting lineup after Ruben Rivera was released in spring training but eventually gave way to Mark Kotsay, who was obtained from Florida just before opening day...
    No more feuding? Short-trackers come together with eye on gold (02/15/02)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- The American short-trackers can admit it now: Things were a little testy in the weeks leading up to the Olympic Games. How else could it be? Two skaters were accused of fixing a race, and one of their teammates backed up the allegations. Then they all had to come together in Salt Lake City with a common goal -- winning the gold medal...
    German-turned-Spaniard wins 2nd gold (02/15/02)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Like an inversion above the Utah valley, the contentious debate over judging in the pairs figure skating lingered over the Olympics for a fourth day -- and showed few signs of dissipating. The latest rumblings: perhaps a gold medal for both the Russian winners and the Canadian runners-up in Monday night's much-maligned decision...
    Gordon, Waltrip win in very different ways (02/15/02)
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In a pair of races that could hardly have been more different, Michael Waltrip and Jeff Gordon showed that up front is the place to be in Sunday's Daytona 500. Defending Daytona winner Waltrip and reigning Winston Cup champion Gordon each won a Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race Thursday...
    Cardinals may not miss McGwire much (02/15/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- The post-McGwire era is about to begin for the St. Louis Cardinals, not that anyone should feel sympathy for them. Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday, and manager Tony La Russa has never been more excited about a team in his seven seasons with the Cardinals. ...
    The Leader in you (02/15/02)
    We are all leaders in some aspect of our lives -- at work, as parents, in our churches and social circles. Is a great leader born or made? There are qualities all great leaders have in common. With work, dedication and perseverance, we can all become effective leaders...
    The devil is in the details when it comes to familiar things (02/15/02)
    We take so much of what's around us for granted. And there's so much around us that we either don't know about or are surprised to find out about. Let me tell you about three recent surprises. Surprise No. 1: Actually, this one isn't so recent. A while back, my wife heard from someone she worked with at the time about an artesian well near Patton. My wife grew up with an artesian well in the city park of her hometown...
    New York City's 'singing cop' records patriotic CD (02/15/02)
    "The Spirit of America" (Manhattan Records, $14.99) -- Daniel Rodriguez Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, New York policeman Daniel Rodriguez has become the "singing cop," performing at the World Series, the lighting of Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree, the opening of Carnegie Hall's season and the opening ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Olympics...
    'Lovesick, Broke and Driftin'' with Hank Williams III (02/15/02)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hank Williams III has become accustomed to seeing a concerned look when people realize he's 29. That was his grandfather's age when he died of a drug and alcohol overdose in the back seat of a Cadillac in 1953. Hank Williams Sr., whose country hits included "Cold, Cold Heart," "Hey, Good-Looking" and "Your Cheatin' Heart," was on his way to a concert in Canton, Ohio...
    Riverboats resume scheduled stops (02/15/02)
    Business Today The Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau recently received news from the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. and the River Explorer hotel barge. Terri Clark-Bauer, director of the CVB, reports that more steamboat and river barge dockings are scheduled this year for Cape Girardeau than ever before...
    Indasia spice importers locates in Jackson (02/15/02)
    Business Today JACKSON -- Indasia LLC has recently located in a new facility at 2370 N. High Street in Jackson. The company is involved in the distribution nationwide of spices primarily used by the poultry, sausage and meat industries. The headquarters for its distribution network is located in a new building between Jackson and Fruitland on Highway 61 owned by Oak Enterprises. Tom Kelsey, broker for Lorimont Place Ltd., handled the lease transaction...
    Meeting on highway plan set (02/15/02)
    Business Today JACKSON -- Officials from the Missouri Department of Transportation will meet with the public Feb. 28 to detail their plan to expand Highway 34/72 in Jackson from two lanes to four lanes and a raised median. Though MoDOT's decision last year to narrow the highway expansion from five lanes to four has drawn criticism, local officials have limited influence over improvements in a state highway...
    New medical center/pharmacy open (02/15/02)
    By Wayne County Journal Banner PIEDMONT -- Kneibert Clinic/Wayne Medical Center and Medical Center Pharmacy opened Jan. 14 at the junction of Canyon Road and Highway 34 near Clearwater High School. The clinic is 16,000 square feet and situated on a 5-acre tract of land. Medical Center Properties built the complex and have leased the building to Kneibert Clinic. Medical Center Properties is owned by Dr. Richard Gayle, Dr. Andrew Gayle, Julie and Jim Gronski and Dr. David Gayle...
    Local economy noted at industrial meeting (02/15/02)
    Board of directors selected STE. GENEVIEVE -- Incumbents were re-elected to four board of directors seats when the Ste. Genevieve Industrial Corp. held its annual meeting Jan. 24 at the Hotel Ste. Genevieve. One new member will take office on the board to replace long-time member Roy Panchot, who did not seek re-election after 15 years...
    Telecommunications center to be built at Three Rivers College (02/15/02)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- The St. Louis-based architectural firm of Kromm, Rikimaru and Johansen (KRJ) has been commissioned to design a new telecommunications/distance learning center for Three Rivers Community College. KRJ focuses on providing long-range planning and comprehensive services in education, health care, retirement and civic facilities...
    Orius locating cable installation office in Ste. Genevieve (02/15/02)
    Business Today STE. GENEVIEVE -- Activity is underway at the former U.S. Filter Building at 1035 South Gabouri Street, adjacent to the Biltbest Windows manufacturing facility. According to Marv Harmon, Ste. Genevieve County economic developer, a portion of the building will soon be home to Orius Corp.'s Telecommunication Services Group, a construction operation whose primary function is installation of underground communication cable...
    Dental clinic fills gap for the low income (02/15/02)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Many people do not have access to regular dental appointments because they are Medicaid recipients or they can't afford to pay. In order to tackle this problem, the Ozark Foothills Dental Clinic was established two years ago...
    Processing plant may open new markets (02/15/02)
    Busines Today SIKESTON -- A soybean-sunflower processing plant could mean millions to the economy of Southeast Missouri if plans go through. A feasibility study is being done to see if there is enough support from soybean farmers to put up, operate and maintain a plant, according to Ray Fowler, project coordinator. He said the plant would be a farmer-owned, farmer-controlled co-op...
    Bootheel rice arrives in Cuba (02/15/02)
    Business Today Rice from Stoddard County has arrived in Cuba, and the Cubans are making some making additional purchases of American agricultural commodities . Eighth District U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson recently said the Cubans have made some additional purchases in addition to rice purchased in recent months. During the January break in Congress Emerson made her second in less than a year to Cuba in an effort to encourage the island nation to buy more U.S. agricultural commodities...
    Sale of Benton hospital near (02/15/02)
    BENTON, Ill. -- Southern Illinois Healthcare announced Jan. 29 that a deal is pending with a Tennessee-based healthcare provider to transfer ownership of Franklin Hospital in Benton. According to an article in the Southern Illinoisan newspaper, SIH has entered into a non-binding agreement with Community Health Systems, located in Brentwood, Tenn., to investigate the purchase, lease or management of the hospital, which has been in Benton since 1950...
    Cape air festival receives awards (02/15/02)
    The Cape Girardeau Air Festival has received two marketing awards at a conference in Orlando, Fla. The International Council of Air Shows presented the air festival with a first-place award in the small air show category for its radio advertisement that was produced by Jason Parker at Withers Broadcasting. The air festival also won second place for its sponsorship proposal package...
    Credit card processor enters area market (02/15/02)
    Louisville, Ky.,-based National Processing Inc., which processes credit card transactions, now has a presence in the area with the hiring of Mary Prince of Jackson, as the company's representative. Working from her home, Prince will call on businesses in the area that use credit card and debit card processing, and share the rate that her company offers. The company is one of the largest to provide such a service, with about 600,000 national, regional and online merchants...
    Center to hold counseling sessions (02/15/02)
    The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri State University will be conducting counseling sessions for area small business persons and individuals planning business ventures. The counselor, Gil Degenhardt, will be available from 9-11 a.m., Feb. 19, at the Sikeston Chamber of...
    Music shop opens in Poplar Bluff (02/15/02)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- All Star Music, Sound and Lighting has been around for 15 years, but it's barely three months old at its newest location here. The business opened in November at 1335 N. Westwood Blvd. All Star has three other locations -- Batesville, Jonesboro and Walnut Ridge in Arkansas...
    Career change - former cop buys repair and wrecker service (02/15/02)
    By Jim Obert Business Today Until last year, Sonny Kincade wore a badge and his uniform was usually spotless. He had been a police officer in Charleston for a year and spent the past eight years enforcing the law in Cape Girardeau. During those years he did some mechanical work on patrol cars, which was a natural since he was a service station mechanic in Dexter starting at age 14 and continuing until age 22 when he joined the Air Force to work on jets...
    KFVS, Saint Francis hospital take home top ADDY awards (02/15/02)
    Business Today Humor and sentiment were the winning ingredients at the seventh annual ADDY Awards ceremony hosted by the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals at the University Center Ballroom in Cape Girardeau on Jan. 31. The top two awards went to television spots featuring local television personalities getting bum-rushed by a squad of angry Jackson football players and a little boy asking his mother about the birds and the bees...
    Cape Chamber's top awards given to Rust, Shivelbine's (02/15/02)
    Business Today A publisher who turned a small weekly into a multi-state communications company that owns 48 newspapers, and a company that has been putting musical instruments into the hands of Southeast Missouri students for more than half a century are the newest recipients of Cape Girardeau's highest business awards...
    Business briefs (02/15/02)
    Southeast Missouri Cape Girardeau Major Brands has moved to 334 N. Broadview from its South Kingshighway location. Sisco's Barber & Hair Styling has reopened at 211 N. Sprigg. The Southeast Missouri Barber College has opened at 305 N. Frederick. The owner is Eric Brown...
    People news (02/15/02)
    Southeast Missouri Sandy Taylor is the new manager of Maurice's in the Valley Plaza Shopping Center in Poplar Bluff. Aaron Jenkins has been hired at G&D Communications in Sikeston as an installer of two-way radio communications, sirens and lightbars for emergency and other vehicles. He will also install, renovate and remove communication towers...
    Newspaper employees attend Carnegie seminar in Cape (02/15/02)
    Six states were represented By Jim Obert Business Today It was a morning with a wallop when about 80 employees of Cape Girardeau-based Rust Communications attended a Dale Carnegie training seminar at Drury Lodge on Jan. 25. The four-hour seminar was held in conjunction with the annual Rust West/East budget meetings...
    Committee ranks "best and worst" for small businesses in 2001 (02/15/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The Small Business Survival Committee, one of the nation's leading national small business advocacy organizations, has released its list of developments that had the best and worst impact on small businesses in 2001. "Our list looks at the factors that had the best and worst impact on small businesses and the small business economy over the past year. ...
    Robertson's Photography often goes airborne (02/15/02)
    By Jim Obert Business Today Steve Robertson of Cape Girardeau says he grew up as a military brat. Not an Army brat or a Navy brat, but an Air Force brat. Born in San Antonio, Texas, to a father who was a career Air Force officer, Robertson spent years at many bustling Air Force bases...
    Construction under way on airplane manufacaturing facility (02/15/02)
    Renaissance builds a two-seater recreational plane Business Today After more than a year of laboring in bureaucracy and litigation, Renaissance Aircraft broke ground Jan. 25 at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport on a new 52,000-square-foot manufacturing facility...
    Business licenses (02/15/02)
    Cape Girardeau County Business Licenses (all located in Cape Girardeau unless otherwise noted) Big Dave's Pawn; 51 Plazaway Rose Bud Inn; 623 S. Sprigg Poole's Gifts; 714 County Road 363; Burfordville Just Right Collectibles; 1502 Jane...
    Southeast Missouri recognitions (02/15/02)
    Southeast Missouri Mark Werner of Dutch Guttering in Cape Girardeau recently returned from the National Gutter Helmet Dealers Convention in Clearwater, Fla. The three-day convention consisted of meetings, seminars and sales presentations. Also, new product lines were featured that will be introduced in the spring. Gutter Helmet is a gutter and roof protection system that keeps out leaves, ice, snow and debris...
    Cape commercial permit status for January (02/15/02)
    Cape commercial permit status for January Following is the January commercial permit status of new buildings, expansions and remodeling projects in Cape Girardeau. Source: Cape Girardeau Division of Inspection Services. New buildings ...
    Jackson commercial permit status for January (02/15/02)
    Jackson commercial permit status for January Following is the January commercial permit status of new buildings, expansions and remodeling projects in Jackson. Rodney Bollinger, Jackson Planning and Zoning superintendent, compiles this report monthly...
    Longtime Bootheel newsman retires (02/15/02)
    Former Portageville newspaper publisher and editor Erwin Lloyd has announced his retirement after a 44-years in journalism which included years of writing news, composing advertising layout and selling newspaper subscriptions. For the past 2 1/2 years, Lloyd had been an independent contractor with the Portageville Missourian-News, working out of his home writing news stories and selling advertising...
    Best Buy announces fourth-quarter profit (02/15/02)
    Plans are under way for Cape Girardeau to get a Best Buy at 3025 William and the company continues to look financially solid. Best Buy Inc. raised its fourth-quarter profit estimate, as it reported better-than-expected holiday results, fueled by strong sales of digital and video gaming products...
    P&G weathering recession well (02/15/02)
    A recent Wall Street Journal had a story written by Emily Nelson that says Proctor & Gamble Co. is doing well despite the economic downtown. Proctor & Gamble Co. posted an 8.8 percent rise in net income for its fiscal second quarter, signaling that its 18-month drive to sell pricier goods and cut costs is starting to pay off, the story says...
    Scott County tax liens (02/15/02)
    Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of January are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 545-3551...
    Bankruptcies for February (02/15/02)
    Bankruptcies filed through Feb.10 for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscott, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
    Avoid overloading retirement plan in company stock (02/15/02)
    Ask yourself: Would you invest half or even your entire nest egg in a single stock? Doubtful. Most investors know that it's important to diversify. Yet, millions of workers overload their 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan with company stock...
    Cape County tax liens (02/15/02)
    Cape Girardeau County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Janet Robert, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds, during the month of January are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 243-8123.Tax Liens Against:...
    The state of real estate since 9-11 (02/15/02)
    Multi-family properties making a comeback Since Sept. 11th, 2001, there have been 11 multi-family properties sold in the Cape Girardeau Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Compared to the same time period last year when only four sold, this is a steep increase...
    Education planning opportunities available in Tax Relief Act (02/15/02)
    Whether you are interested in continuing your education, obtaining another degree, or providing the best possible education for your children or grandchildren, the Tax Relief Act of 2001 can help. This law provides over $30 billion in tax relief specifically for education...
    Letter - Cuts not offered by governor or legislators (02/15/02)
    To the editor: Gov. Bob Holden and the legislators in Jefferson City are up to their old tricks again. The Jan. 25 editorial in the Southeast Missourian was right on target. As of this date, I have not read where even one of our state legislators has called for a tax reduction, a reduction in red tape or a reduction in the state bureaucracy. Tax and spend is the order of the day...
    Correction (02/15/02)
    In a story in last month's edition, Holcim (US), a cement maker planning to build a facility in Ste. Genevieve County, was misspelled several times as Holcin (US). The name is spelled correctly in a sidebar to the story, which announces a name change...
    Extra turn lane opens off I-55 (02/15/02)
    Business Today SCOTT CITY -- An extra left turn lane from southbound Interstate 55 into Scott City opened Jan. 28, a project aimed at keeping interstate traffic from backing up during the evening rush hour. But some Scott City residents, including Mayor Tim Porch, see the construction as a stop-gap measure rather than a long-term solution...
    Fitness center open 24/7 (02/15/02)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- One excuse people use for skipping the gym is "I don't have the time." That excuse doesn't fly at fitness center Xtreme Physique -- it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While the staff is on premises from 9:15 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, gym members can come and go as they please before and after hours with key access...
    Four stores close at Cape mall (02/15/02)
    Business Today Four stores at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park recently closed in a 10-day span, but the mall's manager, Jim Govro, sees it as a golden opportunity. "Everybody thinks that the mall's doing horrible because we have vacancies," said Govro. "It's a living and breathing entity that is always changing. We really see it as an opportunity, a chance to redefine ourselves."...
    U.S. 412 paving contract awarded (02/15/02)
    KENNETT -- The upgrading of U.S. 412 in Dunklin and Pemiscot counties into a modern four-lane highway has moved another step forward. A contract has been awarded by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for Phase 5 of the roadway improvement project. The project is for the paving of an 8-mile section of roadway...
    Letter - Good idea to sell ag products to Cuba (02/15/02)
    To the editor: In the not-too-distant past we have talked of something we referred to as "rice diplomacy." That editorial came on the heels of a trip to Cuba by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. She was accompanied by, among others, local rice farmer Paul T. Combs...
    Letter - Unemployment fund needs only minor changes (02/15/02)
    To the editor: A recent state auditor's report suggests that Missouri's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund could be insolvent by 2003. MMMA agrees that the current funding formula is not reacting fast enough to a downturn in the economy and needs to be adjusted...
    Marie Brennecke (02/15/02)
    Marie N. Schuette Brennecke passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, in Albuquerque, N.M. Marie was born Jan. 23, 1909, in Jackson, Mo. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Frances Clark and husband, Edward, of Albuquerque; a granddaughter, Catherine Stampe and husband, Anthony, of Grand Junction, Colo.; a grandson, James Clark and wife, Carrie, of Houston, Texas; and three great-grandchildren, Amy Stampe of Grand Junction, and Erica and Alex Clark of Houston...
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