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Stories from Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Trashing a homely image (12/11/02)
If a couple walks into D Mart Mobile Homes in Fruitland and says they're looking to buy a trailer, general manager Ralph James will tell them they've come to the wrong place. "We don't have trailers here," James said. "All they have to do is look around our showroom and they'll see that."...
Pajamas, household items on Mrs. Q's wish list (12/11/02)
Every day is filled with pain for Mrs. Q, an elderly woman who suffers from osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and fractures in her spine. She lives alone but has some relatives nearby who visit. Yet Mrs. Q is in need of some extras this holiday season from Christmas for the Elderly, a program of the Cape Girardeau Jaycees and the Southeast Missourian that offers assistance to needy senior citizens...
Holden seeks applications for circuit court vacancy (12/11/02)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Gov. Bob Holden is soliciting applications from potential nominees to replace circuit court Judge John W. Grimm until Dec. 18. Grimm, who has served on the 32nd Judicial Circuit bench since 1993, recently announced his plan to resign effective Feb. 28. The circuit covers Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger counties...
Coloring books featuring historic buildings available (12/11/02)
Coloring books of the city's historic buildings are now available at the Convention and Visitors Bureau for $5. The money will be used to print additional copies of the book. The purpose of the books is to make children aware of Cape Girardeau's historical buildings...
Cost estimates spur developers to halt demolition (12/11/02)
The developers planning to renovate the Marquette Hotel for state office spaces and private retail and restaurant space, have changed their minds on a nearby building and have decided not to demolish it. Instead, the building, currently owned by Southeast Missouri State University, will be renovated and turned into more office space...
Local churches combine music talents (12/11/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Members of two local churches are combining their musical talents to give Sikeston and the surrounding area an early Christmas present. St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church will present a Community Messiah Singalong at 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of Allen Boulevard and Wakefield Street...
Dairy farmer gets help in fight with starlings (12/11/02)
When dairy farmer Jerry Siemers fired at the starlings roosting on a ladder alongside his silo a few days ago, they were so plentiful that 35 died from a single shotgun blast. Siemers shoots starlings because their droppings damage his feeding operation. Salmonella poisoning and histoplasmosis, a lung disease, are two of the threats posed by birds to his 200-head herd and to the people at his farm...
Toybox struggles to provide presents (12/11/02)
Southeast Missourian Some may blame an unexpected snowstorm or a poor economy, but whatever the reason Toybox is struggling this year to fill all the requests it has received for gifts. So far, gifts have been trickling in, but a snowstorm last week is being blamed for slowing down donations. Organizers don't have enough to fill all the applications received...
Former county collector overcame adversity, friends say (12/11/02)
Former county collector Harold Kuehle, who offered a smile and a handshake to everyone he met, died at his Cape Girardeau home Monday after battling cancer on and off for the past six years. He was 67. Friends and acquaintances mourned the death of the county's longtime former collector who was a household name to local taxpayers. He served as county tax collector for 32 years, retiring in February 1999...
Prosecutor's book goes into second printing (12/11/02)
"The Gold of Cape Girardeau," written by Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, has gone into its second printing after just one month on the market. Out of 3,000 copies released Nov. 1, more than 2,000 have sold. Susan Swartwout, publisher of the Southeast Missouri State University Press, said it's unusual for a first-time author to do so well...
Angry motorist punches woman for driving error (12/11/02)
A Cape Girardeau woman took a punch in the face, apparently becoming a victim of road rage Tuesday afternoon when a man assaulted her for driving her car into his lane of traffic. Police confirmed witness accounts that she had just exited from the Hardee's parking lot going east on William Street and was moving into the left passing lane, unaware a blue van was fast approaching behind her until it was nearly too late. ...
Holden unveils report cards for Missouri school systems (12/11/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Report cards for every school in Missouri are now available to the public on the Internet. The school accountability report cards are a result of a 2001 law requiring accountability measures such as test scores, teacher experience levels and average spending per student to be made available to the public...
Alderwoman acquitted of charges that she urinated during debate (12/11/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Jurors on Tuesday cleared a St. Louis alderwoman of charges that she urinated in a trash can during a City Hall floor debate over redistricting in July 2001. Jurors deliberated about 25 minutes before acquitting Irene Smith of a misdemeanor violation of the city code barring lewd conduct...
Supreme Court says rap music evidence allowed during trial (12/11/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Prosecutors properly used rap music to illustrate to jurors the state of mind of a man convicted of murdering two Randolph County jailers, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In upholding the death sentence of Michael Tisius, the seven-member court unanimously found that it was relevant for prosecutors to play the song "Mo' Murdah" by rappers Bone Thugs n' Harmony during the penalty phase of Tisius' trial...
ABA asks Holden to suspend Missouri executions (12/11/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden has no plans to impose a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty, despite a request from the president of the American Bar Association that he do so. ABA president Alfred P. Carlton Jr. wrote to the governor last month asking that executions be suspended in Missouri pending a review of the state's laws and policies related to capital punishment...
Deputy sheriff dies of injuries (12/11/02)
SALEM, Mo. -- A south-central Missouri deputy sheriff died early Tuesday following a shootout that occurred as officers were investigating an earlier shooting in which two other people were killed. Sharon Joann Barnes, 48, chief deputy for the Dent County sheriff's department, died at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, hospital spokesman David Downs said. The nature of her injuries was not disclosed...
Low Mississippi River forces boats aground (12/11/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Drought conditions have forced Mississippi River levels lower than usual for December, running barges aground and prompting the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the river south of St. Louis, officials said Tuesday. Water levels stood at minus 1 foot on Tuesday and were expected to remain there for a few days, said Lance Engle, district dredging project manager for the Army Corps in St. Louis. That is up from the minus 1.5-foot level reached over the weekend, he said...
Safety board - Federal oversight contributed to plane crash (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Lax government oversight and shoddy maintenance practices by Alaska Airlines led to the crash of an airliner off the California coast that killed all 88 people aboard, federal investigators ruled Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said insufficient lubrication caused excessive wear and the eventual failure of the jet's jackscrew, a tail component that helps move the plane's stabilizer and sets the angle of flight...
Ashcroft speaks to Missouri-Kansas Forum, discusses security (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Guarding against terrorist attacks is like trying to work a puzzle without the box-top picture, Attorney General John Ashcroft told Missouri and Kansas lobbyists and congressional aides Tuesday. Now head of the Justice Department, Ashcroft explained how the Sept. 11 attacks shifted his agency's focus from prosecution to prevention...
DA says Shanley likely to post bail this week (12/11/02)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Rev. Paul Shanley, jailed since his arrest in May on charges that he assaulted and raped young boys while a priest in Newton, will post bail shortly, his attorney told Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley's office. "He told us it will happen, probably this week," said Emily LaGrassa, a spokeswoman for Coakley...
Ship carrying dozen North Korean missiles intercepted (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- A ship carrying a dozen Scud-type missiles believed to originate in North Korea was intercepted in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday, the White House said. U.S. officials said the missiles were at least initially headed for Yemen. The ship was stopped and boarded about 600 miles east of the Horn of Africa, after close tracking by U.S. intelligence, said U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity...
Fugitive felons allowed to collect Social Security checks (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of fugitive felons, from kidnappers to drug abusers, are being allowed by the government to cash Social Security checks and spend money for minors and disabled Americans who can't manage their own accounts, federal records show...
Postal Service cuts losses to $676 million (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Postal Service ended its financial year in the red, but not as deeply as expected. A work force reduction of 23,000 employees through attrition helped slice estimated losses in half, to $676 million, Postmaster General John E. Potter told the governors board Tuesday...
Supreme Court rules against felons in gun rights case (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court blocked felons from going straight to court to get their gun rights restored, rejecting arguments Tuesday that those people have nowhere else to go. Justices didn't get into the constitutional arguments. In a brief decision, they ruled unanimously that courts can intervene only after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has rejected a request...
Auditors look into election spending by Bush, Gore (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Election Commission auditors recommended Tuesday that President Bush's campaign repay the government more than $700,000 in public financing it received for the 2000 election. Auditors also finished reviewing former Vice President Al Gore's 2000 primary and general election campaign committees...
World digest 12/11/02 (12/11/02)
Jimmy Carter accepts Nobel, warns against war OSLO, Norway -- Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday -- long-awaited for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the '70s -- with a warning to nations to avoid bloodshed in resolving their conflicts...
Nation briefs 12/11/02 (12/11/02)
Master plan for WTC site to be finished Jan. 31 NEW YORK -- A master plan for the World Trade Center site is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 31 under an accelerated schedule, officials said. The plan will include details on a memorial, transportation hubs and the estimated cost of the project...
New Hampshire diocese reaches deal with prosecutors (12/11/02)
CONCORD, N.H. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester reached an unusual settlement with prosecutors Tuesday, avoiding criminal charges and admitting it probably would have been convicted of failing to protect children from sexually abusive priests...
Bush picks investment banker Donaldson to head troubled SEC (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush selected former investment banker William H. Donaldson to head the Securities and Exchange Commission and to restore confidence in markets shaken by a wave of corporate financial scandals. His mission, as outlined by Bush on Tuesday: "to vigorously enforce our nation's laws against corporate corruption."...
States vary widely on smallpox vaccine plans (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- In Georgia, health officials sketching plans for smallpox vaccinations are starting small -- fewer than 500 people will be offered the shots at first. But in nearby Louisiana, officials plan to offer it to as many as 20,000. Weighing the risks of the shot against the risk that the disease will return, states vary widely in their planning for smallpox, an Associated Press survey finds. ...
Encouraged Fed leaves interest rates steady (12/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, noting encouraging signs that the economy is working through a "soft spot," left interest rates unchanged Tuesday and signaled that November's rate cut may turn out to be the last one needed for recovery. The Fed decision to leave its benchmark for overnight bank loans at a 41-year low of 1.25 percent means that Americans will be able to keep borrowing at the lowest interest rates in decades on everything from auto loans to home equity loans...
Gang bloodshed surging in major U.S. cities (12/11/02)
With law enforcement focused on terrorism, gang-related bloodshed on America's streets is rising to levels not seen since the mid-1990s, when the crack epidemic was still raging, authorities say. Homicides are up sharply this year in cities such as Los Angeles, Oakland, Calif., and Little Rock, Ark., a surge attributed largely to gang members killing each other or those caught in the crossfire...
Rumsfeld visits Horn of Africa (12/11/02)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The United States is committed to a long-term partnership fighting terrorism in the Horn of Africa, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday. Leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea pledged support but struck no new deals on U.S. access...
FBI agent testifies in trial of Moroccan in Germany (12/11/02)
HAMBURG, Germany -- The hijackers on the first plane to hit the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 terror attacks may have used Mace or some other chemical spray to subdue passengers and crew, an FBI agent testified Tuesday. The hijackers also slit the throat of one passenger and stabbed two crewmembers, the agent told a German court, citing a telephone call from a flight attendant soon after the hijacking began...
China's WTO membership reflects its struggle to embrace future (12/11/02)
BEIJING -- It reads like a surrealist's shopping list: Viagra and disposable cigarette lighters, rabbit meat and counterfeit "Scooby Doo" DVDs and dusty bonds dating to the collapse of China's final imperial dynasty. But these items belong together. Each has played a role in a saga of money and economic change that affects the entire planet -- China's commerce with other nations during its first year in the World Trade Organization, the rules-making body of modern global commerce...
U.N. lab will determine if Iraq is nuclear-free (12/11/02)
SEIBERSDORF, Austria -- In a sprawling U.N. laboratory tucked among snow-speckled beet fields, a scientist in surgical scrubs fusses over a battery of sophisticated radiation-detecting equipment. Within days, the sterile room will serve as an unlikely venue for a dramatic showdown between science and Saddam Hussein...
Defamation ruling could affect Net publications worldwide (12/11/02)
SYDNEY, Australia -- In a landmark case, Australia's highest court on Tuesday gave a businessman the right to sue for defamation in Australia over an article published in the United States and posted on the Internet. Analysts believe the ruling against international news service Dow Jones & Co. ...
Inspectors hope to have reviewed arms declaration by week's end (12/11/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Weapons inspectors could complete a review of Iraq's arms declaration by the end of the week and present some of that material to Security Council members who haven't received copies of the complete dossier, chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Tuesday...
U.S. general's top concern - those he commands (12/11/02)
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- When Gen. Tommy Franks heard a newly assigned Navy petty officer was a bit nervous about sitting next to him at breakfast, he took matters into his own hands. He gave her a playful hug when he walked up and pulled out her chair as she sat down...
Cubs hang on to hand Advance its first loss (12/11/02)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Coming off a Woodland Invitational tournament championship, the scrappy Advance Hornets gave the Bell City Cubs' offense all they could handle Tuesday in Bell City's 74-63 win. Bell City (3-1) jumped out to a 13-point first quarter lead and looked to have the game in hand from the start. Eric Henry and Dominitrix Johnson were unstoppable early when they scored 22 of the Cubs' 27 first-quarter points...
Central boys tumble into Sikeston consolation bracket (12/11/02)
Cape Girardeau Central's boys basketball team fell into the consolation side of the 31st annual Sikeston Tournament as third-seeded Blytheville (Ark.) upended the sixth-seeded Tigers 52-40 Tuesday night. The Tigers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 2-2, received a game-high 19 points from Ryan Delph. But no other Central player scored more than seven points...
Back-and-forth game slips away from ND (12/11/02)
The Notre Dame Bulldogs, plagued by 16 first-half turnovers, solved a problem of taking care of the ball in the second half Tuesday against Dexter. But the biggest turnover of all came in closing seconds of the game. The Bulldogs, playing their first game at home, turned over the lead and never got it back, suffering a 57-54 loss to the Bearcats...
Otahkians' Costello wins weekly newcomer award (12/11/02)
Southeast Missouri State University point guard Sarah Costello has been recognized as the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for women's basketball, the league announced Tuesday. A 5-foot-4 junior, Costello went 12-for-23 from the field and turned in back-to-back 13-point performances as Southeast beat Lipscomb and Samford last week...
Chiefs face an unusual worst-to-first opportunity (12/11/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In a lifetime of coaching, Dick Vermeil has never seen so many divisional rivals bunched so closely together so close to the end of the season. If his Chiefs (7-6) win their last three -- all against AFC West foes -- they could elbow their way through the crowd and perhaps win the division...
UK wants new coach by Christmas (12/11/02)
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky wants a new football coach in place by Christmas to replace Guy Morriss, who is leaving for Baylor. Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart spoke to the school's Athletics Association board of directors Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Morriss returned from Waco, Texas, and resigned...
Creighton savors its first Top 25 spot in 27 years (12/11/02)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Not too long ago, students in the library outnumbered the fans in the stands when the Creighton basketball team played. But attending basketball games is fashionable again at the tiny Jesuit college as the No. 23 Bluejays opened the season with six straight wins, including a victory over Notre Dame, and moved into the national rankings for the first time since 1975...
Palmer - From jeers to cheers (12/11/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Carson Palmer rolled to his right, as he has done dozens of times as the Southern California quarterback. But on this occasion, his receivers were covered. So he decided to run -- not a pretty sight. With the fans roaring, the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder rumbled down the sideline before diving toward the end zone as UCLA cornerback Ricky Manning -- some nine inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter -- dived at his legs...
Unbeaten Bulger has doctor's OK to play (12/11/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger received medical clearance to play Tuesday as the Rams' quarterback carousel turned again. Bulger, who has been at quarterback for all five Rams victories this season, has been out since Nov. 18 with a sprained ligament between his index and third finger. He's made progress the last several days and will replace Jamie Martin, who was ineffective in Sunday's 49-10 loss at Kansas City, for this week's game against the Cardinals...
Limping Blues blanked by NJ (12/11/02)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.-- The New Jersey Devils were not overconfident against the illness-ravaged Blues. Jim McKenzie and Turner Stevenson got the goals and Martin Brodeur made 28 saves for his third shutout as the Devils beat the Blues 2-0 Tuesday night...
Tenn.-Martin picks Griffin as its new football coach (12/11/02)
MARTIN, Tenn. -- Tennessee-Martin on Tuesday named Maine assistant Matt Griffin its head football coach. Griffin was the offensive coordinator at Martin before going to Maine, where he was an assistant coach for four years. "Matt's positive reputation from his previous experience at UT-Martin was a big factor in his selection," Martin athletic director Phil Dane said...
Selig talks with Rose about reinstatement (12/11/02)
NEW YORK -- Pete Rose may finally get his second chance. Baseball's career hits leader could know by the end of the year if baseball will agree to end his lifetime ban -- which would make him eligible for the Hall of Fame. Rose and commissioner Bud Selig met secretly in Milwaukee on Nov. 25 and their lawyers have been exchanging draft proposals that could end the ban, a baseball executive said Tuesday on the condition he not be identified...
Friendship between champions endures (12/11/02)
This Christmas story began in 1935 when Jack Kramer and Ted Schroeder, budding tennis champions, met on a court as 13-year-olds. Nearly 68 years later, it's a rare day that these old friends don't talk to each other on the telephone at least once or twice, sharing memories, a passion for life and a mutual desire to improve junior tennis in the United States with a plan they're urging the USTA to adopt...
Decking the halls (12/11/02)
Editor's note: Ideas are from "Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Comfort & Joy." By Carol McGarvey ~ The Associated Press Decorating your home for the holidays is all about creating a little comfort and joy for your family members and guests...
Cookbook recipes celebrate chocolate (12/11/02)
WILTON, Conn. -- Marcel Desaulniers is an award-winning cookbook author, and the highly acclaimed executive chef-owner of the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, Va. He's also a cheerleader for chocolate, witness his latest opus: "Celebrate With Chocolate" (Morrow, 2002, $24.95)...
Tomatoes give flavor and color to savory tart (12/11/02)
Roasted tomato tart with fresh tomato salsa would be fun to make for entertaining, to offer as an appetizer or as part of a buffet. The recipe by Rhonda Groh, a student at Oakland, Mich., Community College, was the winning entry in a recipe contest for student chefs, organized by the Florida Tomato Committee...
Need a new roof? Don't get in over your head (12/11/02)
As far as Brad Bishop is concerned, there's a relatively simple way to improve the condition of American roofs. As head of Rembrandt Remodeling, a 70-person roofing firm in Atlanta, Bishop routinely sees his share of roofing problems. He says it all boils down to one thing: customer education. ...
Decorating becomes disaster (12/11/02)
In normal families, decorating for Christmas is a joyous activity. At least, that's how it appears on television. A light snow falls gently outside the living-room window as Mother serves eggnog and freshly baked cookies to the family. Father smiles at his brood lovingly, leaning back in his chair to watch the scene unfolding before him. Brother carefully places the ornament he made in school on the perfect branch. And, finally, Sister is lifted up to put the angel on the tippy top...
Spread holiday cheer with good food (12/11/02)
smcclanahan We had our annual Christmas program last Sunday at church provided by the children. It was so precious to see children come out and say their lines, nervous and nearly whispering into the microphone. Both of our children were a part of the play. ...
Brenda Madderra (12/11/02)
Brenda Kelly Madderra, 6 months, of Scott City died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, following an extended illness. She was born June 6, 2002, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Scott Allen and Haley Ann Williams Madderra...
Otto Brucker (12/11/02)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Otto Celestine Brucker, 86, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at his home. He was born March 17, 1916, at Oran, Mo., son of Michael and Emma Scheeter Brucker. He and Zita Josephine Heuring were married Oct. 17, 1945, at Kelso, Mo. She died March 20, 1991...
Floyd Moore (12/11/02)
The funeral for Floyd F. Moore of St. Charles, Mo., was held Dec. 7, 2002, at Baue Chapel of St. Charles. Burial was in St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Moore, 65, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. He was born Nov. 15, 1937, in Stoddard County, Mo., son of Edgar Luther and Minnie A. Yount Moore...
Richard Cobb (12/11/02)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The funeral for Richard Wayne Cobb of Chaffee will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee. The Rev. Buck Proffer will officiate. Burial will be in Morgan Memorial Park at Advance, Mo. Friends may call at the chapel after 4 p.m. today...
Phillip Davis (12/11/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Phillip Michael Davis, 52, of Colony, Texas, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born July 6, 1950, in Sikeston, son of Otto and Lily Cagle Davis. He and Mary Mack were married April 4, 1972, in Sikeston...
Ruth Duley (12/11/02)
The funeral for Ruth Mable Duley of Cape Girardeau will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The Rev. Gary Brothers will officiate. Entombment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today...
Tim Moore Jr. (12/11/02)
The funeral for Tim "Bub" Moore Jr. of Dutchtown will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. Kenneth Strong will officiate. Burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today...
Harold Kuehle (12/11/02)
Harold Kuehle, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at his home. He was born Aug. 11, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, son of Albert E. and Anna E. Meyer Kuehle. He and Margaret "Peggy" Rasche were married Feb. 7, 1970, in Cape Girardeau. Harold graduated from Central High School in 1954, and from Southeast Missouri State University in 1961...
Grace Frey (12/11/02)
Grace Bingham Frey, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at the home of a son in Republic, Mo. She was born May 28, 1926, in Piggott, Ark., daughter of Virgil and Nina Day Russell. She first married Bill Bingham. She and Carl Frey were married Nov. 10, 1980, at Sikeston, Mo...
Reta Ashworth (12/11/02)
THEBES, Ill. -- Reta Louise Vaughn Ashworth, 68, of Thebes died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 30, 1934, in Alexander County, Ill., the daughter of George and Ida Poole Vaughn. She married Calvin Ashworth Sr. He preceded her in death...
Wilma Masters (12/11/02)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Wilma Masters, 76, of Frohna died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at her home. She was born Dec. 23, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Rueben and Lucy Reynolds Whittaker. She and Donald Lee Masters were married Dec. 6, 1968. He died Sept. 16, 1991...
Births 12/11/02 (12/11/02)
Foster Son to Joseph Loyd-Allen Foster and Amanda Jane Waggoner of Sedgewickville, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:13 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002. Name, Joseph Alexander Roy. Weight, 6 pounds 3 ounces. Ms. Waggoner is the daughter of Kathleen Waggoner and Curtis Waggoner of Sedgewickville. Foster is the son of Joyce Foster and Jimmy Foster of Benton, Mo...
Cape police report 12/11/02 (12/11/02)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Dec. 11 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Brian S. Paris, 33, of 418 Themis, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia...
Cape fire report 12/11/02 (12/11/02)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Dec. 11 Firefighters responded Monday to the following item: At 8:37 p.m., emergency medical service at 104 Vantage. Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 6:09 a.m., emergency medical service at 125 S. Ellis...
Out of the past 12/11/02 (12/11/02)
10 years ago: Dec. 11, 1992 Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Child Studies has eliminated Christmas and other holiday parties in deference to non-Christian children who attend center and new "anti-bias curriculum"; policy has angered some parents, who say they don't understand need to eliminate such holiday fun; other parents support decision...
Correction 12/11/02 (12/11/02)
  • In Tuesday's edition, a story on dead birds in Cape Girardeau should have reported that a population-control program for starlings is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
  • United We Read brings community together (12/11/02)
    More than a year ago, when it was first suggested that everyone in Cape Girardeau should read the same book -- at the same time -- and participate in discussion groups about the book, it was hard to predict how the community would respond. There was nothing but high hope for Julia Jorgensen, the person who has invested much of her considerable energy and precious time in organizing such a project. ...
    Old ledger, full of history, saved from trash (12/11/02)
    Sometimes it's amazing how pieces of history come to light. Take the case of the dusty ledger found earlier this month in our nation's Capitol. Construction workers were clearing out a basement area of the stately Capitol building to make way for a new visitors center. In the process, a lot of items that had found their way to the basement for storage were being tossed into the trash...
    Citizens Electric's good service brings thank you (12/11/02)
    To the editor: I would like to express my appreciation to the men and women of Citizens Electric Corp. for maintaining a utility that is the most dependable and the best in the state. Recently, relatives of mine who live in just outside the area were without power for more than 72 hours. Over the last two years, I have been without power for less than two hours total. This is very rare for any electric company, rural or city. Thanks for a job well done...
    With dominion comes a need for responsibility (12/11/02)
    To the editor: In response to the letter "Jesus holds key, but it isn't for an automobile": I would agree with John Stinnett that people too often trivialize the work and words of our Creator. However, it seems to me that the question "What would Jesus drive?" is simply an extension of "What would Jesus do?" Christian is as Christian does. ...
    Jefferson faculty and staff receive highest praise (12/11/02)
    To the editor: Over the past few weeks there have been several comments in Speak Out concerning MAP test results in general and in particular those at Jefferson Elementary School. As one who has been in that school and has worked with a cross-section of the faculty, I want to assure the community that Jefferson is staffed with a group of committed and quality educators. ...
    Paper's coverage disgraceful and crude (12/11/02)
    To the editor: In response to the letter "Coverage was sensationalized, caused more grief": I agree with Donna Shell. The deaths of Rachel Skaggs, Tim Moore and their son are tragic. The paper has done a horrible disservice by plastering Rachel's age and marital status in your coverage of this story. Also, one of the quotes from Tim's sister was simply disgraceful, not to mention crude...
    Speak out 12/9 (12/11/02)
    Clearing the highway I WENT to Cape Girardeau after the recent snow and ice Thursday over Highway 25. When I went from Stoddard County into Cape Girardeau County, I thought I was in a different world. In Stoddard County the highway was completely free of all ice and snow. ...
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