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Dutchtown gets money to construct levee (08/31/02)
DUTCHTOWN, Mo. -- In about two years, the village of Dutchtown will no longer be afraid of flooding. Residents in the small town five miles southwest of Cape Girardeau were all smiles Friday when they found out the town had been awarded a nearly $300,000 community development block grant that will allow for a 2-mile long, 12-foot high earthen levee to be built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...
Gov. Holden recommends funding for area projects (08/31/02)
Missouri Gov. Bob Holden wants the eight-state Delta Regional Authority to award $600,000 in federal funding to Southeast Missouri State University and another $200,000 to the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority. In all, Holden wants the authority to fund 17 Missouri projects totaling nearly $3 million...
local briefs 083102 (08/31/02)
City seeks applicants for CVB task force The city of Cape Girardeau is seeking applicants to serve as the city's designated appointee to the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce's Convention and Visitors Bureau Task Force. The task force will be a chamber committee that will focus on the CVB. ...
Farmers' federal deadline to update planting history extended t (08/31/02)
The official deadline for farmers to update their planting history under the new farm bill, the 2002 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, is today. But since Aug. 31 falls on a holiday weekend, farmers have until Tuesday to contact their local farm service agency about acreage history, said Terry Birk, Cape Girardeau County Farm Service Agency director...
U.S. 60 property owners say buyout offers unfair (08/31/02)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Around the time the tornado swept through parts of Carter and Butler counties, the Missouri Department of Transportation came through to make offers for right of way to property owners who have businesses along U.S. 60...
Murder suspects differ on details in shooting death (08/31/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Both suspects in the murder of a rural Cape Girardeau County man acknowledge that one of them shot him, but neither want to admit to pulling the trigger, investigators said in court Friday. Justin M. Brown, 22, and Mark A. Gill, 31, appeared Friday at a preliminary hearing on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping before Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp...
Carnahan visits Southeast to discuss funding, says Hussein must (08/31/02)
The United States needs to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein before he launches deadly chemical or possibly even nuclear attacks, U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., said Friday during a visit to Southeast Missouri State University. "At some point, we will have to take him out," said Carnahan...
levee graphic 2 (08/31/02)
LEVEE PROJECT Here is a tentative schedule for a proposed levee near Dutchtown, Mo., as prepared by the Corps of Engineers: October 2002: Receive local sponsor financial capability statement...
Judge says R. Kelly can go to Florida (08/31/02)
CHICAGO -- R&B singer R. Kelly, who has been free on bond since he was indicted on child pornography charges, can leave the state to make two public appearances in Florida this weekend, a judge ruled Friday. Cook County Judge Vincent Michael Gaughan agreed to allow Kelly to leave Illinois but ordered him to surrender his passport and refrain from any illegal contact with minors...
Fun in the mud (08/31/02)
ROSCOE, Ill. -- There are sharp rocks in the mud. Frigid water flows from hoses everywhere. Almost every inch of your body gets covered in mud -- and yes, that includes your mouth. So what is it about playing in the mud that has attracted people to the annual Roscoe Mud Volleyball Tournament for the past 20 years?...
Police say fatal fire caused by mother's careless smoking (08/31/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A house fire that killed a mentally ill woman apparently was sparked when her mother tried to light a cigarette with a rolled-up newspaper and toaster, police said. Firefighters found the body of Stella Harris, 28, on the landing of the stairs leading to her upstairs bedroom, suggesting she tried to escape the fire reported about 7:30 a.m. Thursday...
Building, farming in Zambia offer challenges for Cape teen (08/31/02)
Most people would cringe at the thought of life in a remote village in Africa, but that's exactly the place Stratton Tingle wanted to go. "When you talk about missionaries, you always think of Africa," he said. The 19-year-old Cape Girardeau native will spend 10 months in the bush and villages of Zambia helping to build houses, churches and teaching people to farm. He leaves for Zambia Sept. 8...
Working for love or labor (08/31/02)
"Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." -- Ephesians 6:7 Labor Day is the first Monday in September and is observed as a holiday in the United States and Canada -- to honor workers. Labor Day represents how workers are to be treated and, hopefully, how they perform their work. I received delightful insights on how one's work is to be perceived when I recently participated in a retreat at a Benedictine monastery....
Author Limbaugh plans to speak at church (08/31/02)
David Limbaugh will be the guest speaker during the 9:15 a.m. Sunday school hour at First Presbyterian Church. The regular Sunday classes resume Sept. 8. Two classes will be offered then, including "The Whole People of God" and a seven week study on "Augustine: Confessing Christ."...
religion calendar 8/31 (08/31/02)
Today St. Joseph parish homecoming and picnic at Apple Creek, Mo. Meal of kettle-cooked beef and fried chicken will be served from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $2.50 for children 6 to 12. Entertainment will be provided. The Rev. Mark Bozada, pastor, will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m...
St. Louis teens charged with murder after police pursuit ends (08/31/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Two teenagers were charged with murder Friday, accused of causing the wreck that killed one city police officer and left another badly injured. Police chief Joe Mokwa, at times angry, other times somber, said 27-year-old officer Michael Barwick and his partner, Jenna Christian, confirmed in a radio-license check at around 10 p.m. ...
'Flare' prayers (08/31/02)
and Bill Broadway ~ The Washington Post Powerful testimonies have emerged in recent weeks from people who called on God while standing in the shadow of death. In La Plata, Md., a father huddled his family on the floor and recited the Lord's Prayer as a deadly tornado passed their living room window and destroyed other buildings on the block...
Carnahan, Talent campaign through Bootheel (08/31/02)
BRAGGADOCIO, Mo. -- U.S. Senate candidates campaigned Friday across southeast Missouri's Bootheel, with Sen. Jean Carnahan joining a skeet shoot and Republican challenger Jim Talent meeting farmers alongside a top Agriculture Department official. Carnahan said she planned "some months ago" to join Friday evening's skeet-shooting benefit for a farm research center, and that her campaign's publicity about the event wasn't aimed at shoring up backing among male and pro-gun voters...
What local pastors have to say about crisis prayers (08/31/02)
The Southeast Missourian asked some area pastors about crisis prayers and what it teaches about communicating with God. Here's what they said: "As believers we know that when a need arises we can go to the Lord. We all know that instead of being the last thing we should do it should be the first. Instead of casting our cares upon him every day, we find ourselves doing it in crises."...
FLAG SHORTAGE LEAVES STUDENTS PLEDGING TO PHOTOS The new Misso (08/31/02)
Students at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., have been clasping their hands over their hearts and pledging allegiance to computer images or photos of flags -- the only versions of Old Glory available in many classrooms. A new Missouri law requiring weekly pledge recitations in all grades has forced many schools, especially high schools, to find something to pledge to. Many high schools have just a handful of flags...
Two more Illinois West Nile deaths reported in Illinois (08/31/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Two more deaths were blamed on the West Nile virus as Illinois health officials announced 24 new cases of the disease Friday. The two new fatalities raised the death toll from the disease in the state to seven. An 82-year-old woman from Chicago died Aug. ...
$4 billion in penalties on U.S. goods may be levied (08/31/02)
The World Trade Organization on Friday authorized the European Union to impose a record $4 billion in penalties on American goods unless the United States eliminates a controversial tax break for U.S. exporters deemed illegal under global trade rules...
American Indian clergy seek raise (08/31/02)
TULSA, Okla. -- A task force on boosting American Indian involvement in the United Methodist Church is lobbying for higher salaries for clergy in Indian congregations. Since ministers in those communities often don't earn enough, many seek appointments to non-Indian assignments, according to the 19-member task force of the denomination's Native American Comprehensive Plan...
IRS seeks records to track tax evaders (08/31/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service, expanding its effort to track down tax evaders' hidden assets offshore, went to court this week seeking access to certain credit card records held by more than 40 hotels, airlines and car rental companies...
Greenspan- Fed could not have burst '90s stock bubble (08/31/02)
WASHINGTON -- Alan Greenspan, explaining one of the few economic stumbles during his long tenure at the Federal Reserve, said Friday if the Fed had tried to burst the speculative stock market bubble of the late 1990s it could have dumped the economy into a severe recession...
Dems devote millions to HQ upgrade (08/31/02)
WASHINGTON -- At a time when every political dollar is precious, the Democratic Party is spending $28 million to prepay costs of renovating its headquarters and beefing up its technology before big donations are banned after the November election. The Democratic National Committee's decision, supported by many of the party's biggest donors, increases the GOP's multimillion-dollar cash advantage for the fall elections that will decide control of Congress...
Raising a stink Colorado town considers protecting annoying bir (08/31/02)
BOULDER, Colo. -- Each night at 7:45, the birds come back. Four thousand starlings screech, caw and snap their way into a stand of cottonwood trees, landing high above Mapleton Mobile Home Park. As the birds settle in, there's another sound, reminiscent of the patter of a summer rainstorm...
World digest 08/31/02 (08/31/02)
Japan's prime minister plans trip to North Korea TOKYO -- Japan's prime minister announced Friday he will go to North Korea next month for an unprecedented meeting with its reclusive leader, Kim Jong Il, in a surprise gesture aimed at soothing bitterness that endures from colonial times and the Cold War...
Nation digest 08/31/02 (08/31/02)
Suspect in Utah girl's abduction dies in hospital SALTLAKECITY -- A suspect in the kidnapping of 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart died Friday at a hospital three days after suffering a brain hemorrhage and collapsing in his jail cell, doctors said. Earlier Friday, doctors had said Richard Albert Ricci, 48, had an irreversible injury to the brain stem after the hemorrhage Tuesday night...
Spending rises in July; growth in income stalls (08/31/02)
WASHINGTON -- Motivated by free financing on cars and merchandise discounts, consumers splurged in July, ratcheting up their spending by the largest percentage in nine months. At the same time, though, personal income growth stalled, a potential pothole for the struggling economic recovery...
Colombian border town caught between death squads, rebels (08/31/02)
PUERTO ASIS, Colombia -- Black spirals of buzzards mark the fresh corpses that turn up in this frontier town and in the nearby coca fields, jungle and pastures, where paramilitary death squads roam freely, killing suspected rebel collaborators or anyone else who gets in their way...
U.S. troops chipping away at al-Qaida (08/31/02)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- Despite a reduction in fighting, American troops are chipping away at al-Qaida forces, and even if they don't capture Osama bin Laden, "we are going to shut down his terrorist apparatus," the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said Friday...
Gunmen in Macedonia seize five hostages from bus (08/31/02)
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Police killed two ethnic Albanians Friday and masked special forces closed in on the suspected kidnappers of five Macedonians, raising fears of renewed violence ahead of key elections. Ethnic Albanian assailants, demanding the release of three suspects in the killing of two Macedonian policemen earlier this week, stopped a bus Thursday night in western Macedonia and abducted five passengers, said Voislav Zafirovski, an Interior Ministry spokesman...
Once-dominant Catholic church in Ireland closes another semina (08/31/02)
DUBLIN, Ireland -- The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, whose network of theological schools once exported priests worldwide, closed another hallowed institution Thursday, leaving just a single seminary in this predominantly Catholic country. The directors of St. ...
Indians steal preseason thunder during jamboree (08/31/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Central Tigers came prepared to make a powerful opening statement at Friday's preseason jamboree at Perryville High School. The Jackson Indians stole their speech, leaving the Tigers at a loss for words. "We wanted to make a statement and we didn't do it," Central coach Lawrence Brookins said after Jackson scored two touchdowns and was on the brink of a third when their 18-play offensive allotment expired at the Tigers' 2-yard-line...
Mistakes nearly doomed Indians in opener (08/31/02)
The day after his team's season opener, Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings' thoughts hadn't changed much from Thursday night, when the Indians sweated out a 42-41 double-overtime win over Division II Arkansas-Monticello...
Pilcher says SE is primed for another shot at title (08/31/02)
Southeast Missouri State University's women's cross country team came ever-so-close to winning the program's first Ohio Valley Conference championship last year. Junior Kaci Pilcher, a two-year standout, said she thinks this will be the year the Otahkians finally break the ice. Last year they finished third in the OVC meet but their 78 points had them just six points short of champion Eastern Illinois...
Tigers dump Illini 33-20 behind freshman QB (08/31/02)
ST. LOUIS -- After a dazzling debut for Missouri, Brad Smith acted like it was no big deal. Smith, a redshirt freshman, ran for 138 yards and passed for 152 in his first start, leading the Tigers to a 33-20 upset of Illinois on Saturday. "He's another (Michael) Vick in the making," wide receiver Justin Gage said. "I knew he had some moves and some quick feet, but what he displayed was something else, at a higher level."...
Otahkians find intensity for second-half shutout (08/31/02)
After being held without a quality scoring chance throughout the first half, Southeast Missouri State University poured it on in the second half with an early goal by junior forward Erika Todd and cruised to a 2-0 victory over Indiana State in its opener Friday night at Houck Stadium...
Cards sweep up, slam down Cubs (08/31/02)
P Marrero's grand slam highlights Redbirds' sweep of doubleheader. By Rick Gano ~ The Associated Press CHICAGO -- Eli Marrero's grand slam capped a six-run third inning Saturday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 10-4 to complete a sweep of their day-night doubleheader...
Baseball players, owners strike a deal (08/31/02)
NEW YORK -- They saved a season and ended a streak by choosing to play rather than picket. With just hours to spare, baseball averted a strike Friday when negotiators pulled off a surprise by agreeing to a tentative labor contract. Commissioner Bud Selig called the deal "historic," the first time since 1970 that players and owners accepted a new collective bargaining agreement without a work stoppage...
Some things just stay the same- Cards continue push, beat Cubs (08/31/02)
CHICAGO -- Glad to be in uniform and not on strike, the Cardinals showed why they are a first-place team with everything to play for the remainder of the season. In the first game since a new labor agreement was reached, Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in the first inning to get the Cardinals going and St. Louis beat the Cubs 6-3 Friday...
Chiefs pile it on in second half, leave Rams 0-4 (08/31/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dante Hall gained 246 yards as Kansas City scored 23 straight points for a 23-16 victory over the winless St. Louis Rams in their exhibition finale Friday night. Kansas City's Priest Holmes, last year's NFL rushing champion, had 36 yards on three carries but left the game with bruised ribs...
Top-seeded Hewitt gets past tough 3rd round (08/31/02)
NEW YORK -- James Blake did what he could to the wash away the ill will directed at Lleyton Hewitt by some spectators during a riveting U.S. Open rematch. Blake had a tougher time withstanding the defending champion's relentless play. His sneakers squeaking with each step, his darting eyes finding the right angles, Hewitt got past Blake 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to reach the fourth round. ...
Area digest 8/31/02 (08/31/02)
Southeast volleyball drops season opener SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team lost its season-opening match Friday, falling to Arkansas 30-26, 30-18, 28-30, 30-22 in the Southwest Missouri State Tournament. Bobbi Carlile led the Otahkians with 19 kills. Sarah Frost added 12 and Jill Waltsak 10...
Feds clear $15.1 billion oil merger (08/31/02)
WASHINGTON -- The $15.1 billion merger of Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc. received federal approval Friday, clearing the way for completion of a deal that would create the third-largest U.S. oil and gas company. The Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 in favor of the deal, but required the companies to sell refineries in Utah and Colorado and certain operations in Missouri, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas and Washington state...
Joe Loenneke (08/31/02)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Joe Eldon Loenneke, 72, of Sedgewickville passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at his home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Mo. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The Rev. Mark Boettcher will officiate. Interment will be in Russell Heights Cemetery at Jackson, with a military honors service...
Mary Masters (08/31/02)
Mary G. Masters, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Aug. 22, 1903, at Jackson, Mo., daughter of Milton W. and Margaret Campbell Gholson. She and Ernest P. Masters were married June 4, 1927, at Jackson. He died April 16, 1984...
Ray Thompson (08/31/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ray E. Thompson, 73, of Perryville died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1928, at Yount, Mo., son of Leo P. and Ruth Ann Harris Thompson. He and Wilma Cornman were married Sept. 3, 1949, in Pocahontas, Ark...
William Pruitt Sr. (08/31/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The funeral for William Charles Pruitt Sr. of Sikeston will be held at 11 a.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Dan Richardson will officiate. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau. Pruitt, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Inez Morton (08/31/02)
OAK RIDGE, Mo. -- Inez K. Morton, 85, of Oak Ridge died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson, Mo. She was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Oak Ridge, daughter of Henry and Loree Smith Schmidt. She and Lester Morton were married Oct. 18, 1937. He died in October 1988...
Storck obit 8/31 (08/31/02)
Wilbert Storck POCAHONTAS, Mo. -- Wilbert F. Storck, 87, of Pocahontas died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 15, 1914, at St. Peters, Ill., the son of William and Emma Storck. He married Paula Leimbach in 1941. She died Jan. 11, 1964...
birthssat.sr 8/31 (08/31/02)
Collier Son to Carmon Allen and Rebecca Mae Collier of Scott City, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:19 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002. Name, Ty Andrew. Weight, 7 pounds 6 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Collier is the former Rebecca Hooper, daughter of Charlotte Hooper of Scott City and Robert Hooper of Wyatt, Mo. ...
POLICE - CAPE Saturday, Aug. 31 (08/31/02)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 31 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Regen L. Hall, 26, of 1229 Sailer Circle, was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests...
SHERIFF - CAPE Saturday, Aug. 31 (08/31/02)
Cape Girardeau County Saturday, Aug. 31 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Paul D. Keesee, 30, of Jackson, Mo., was arrested Aug. 23 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Jackson woman injured in wreck (08/31/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- A Jackson driver sustained moderate injuries Friday in a collision just north of the city. Mayovah Ludwig, 79, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau after the 3:40 p.m. accident. It occurred on U.S. 61, two miles north of Jackson...
Jackson fire 8/31 (08/31/02)
Jackson Saturday, Aug. 31 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: An emergency medical service on East Main Street. A gas leak on Trail Ridge. An alarm on Donna Drive.Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: An emergency medical service on Toll Road...
Out of the past 8/31/02 (08/31/02)
10 years ago: Aug. 31, 1992 The 107 reflective center-line markers installed nearly five years ago on Route K between Silver Springs Road and Broadview have been useful test case for Missouri Highway and Transportation Department; when markers were installed in 1986, department agreed to use them for study to determine if they were feasible in other areas of state; Freeman McCullah, department's District 10 engineer, says study proved markers are effective and economical way to mark high-traffic rural highways.. ...
correction 8/31 (08/31/02)
The Thorngate Ltd. plant is at 1507 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau. The address was incorrect in a story in Friday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Tools for Teachers project gets supplies (08/31/02)
Even before the first day of school, most area teachers reach for their checkbooks. Yes, the school district gives them money for supplies, and the Parent-Teacher Organizations give what they can. But sometimes it just isn't enough, particularly for teachers who want their students to have every advantage...
Flags let soldiers overseas know we care (08/31/02)
As America's war on terror drags on, it's easy for those who don't have a friend or relative on active military duty to spend less and less time thinking about the men and women who are. These soldiers are living in a barren, dusty country with very few creature comforts. They are allowed little telephone or e-mail contact with their families. And they never know when the terrorists they're trying to eradicate will stage a sneak attack on them...
Wide loads tie up traffic on bridge during peak time (08/31/02)
To the editor: I would like to express my concern about wide loads crossing the Mississippi River bridge before 8 a.m. At 7:45 a.m. I was on my way to work coming from the Illinois side. I was stopped by not only one, but three wide loads coming across...
Speak Out A 08/31/02 (08/31/02)
Focus on excellence NOW THAT we've built this big, beautiful high school, it's time to focus on academic excellence. In Columbia, Mo., they have a old, worn-out high school called Hickman High School. Columbia turns out five to 10 National Merit Scholars every year. They understand about academic excellence. When can we expect our new high school to put out five to 10 National Merit Scholars every year? It's time for us to focus on academic excellence...
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