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Stories from Saturday, January 11, 2003

Guilty verdicts returned in Super D robbery case (01/11/03)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Following a three-day jury trial, Troy Fenton was found guilty Friday of shooting a Sikeston Department of Public Safety officer and robbing a local pharmacy. Fenton, 37, of Boonville, Mo., along with his brother Ernest Fenton, 43, of Fayette, Mo., robbed the Super D pharmacy in Sikeston on Oct. 10, 2001, and then ran from police to a house north of the city. They had stolen prescription narcotics, including morphine-based painkillers...
Counting to 10,000 (01/11/03)
Although 22 percent more people took to Cape Girardeau's friendly skies in 2002 over the prior year, that still wasn't quite enough to bring home the big bucks. The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport came up 954 shy of reaching 10,000 people boarding planes in a year, the number required to become eligible for $1 million in federal grant money, money that would go toward repairs and facility additions to the airport. ...
Auto accident kills Cape Girardeau man (01/11/03)
A Cape Girardeau man was killed Friday morning in a one-car crash on U.S. 61, two miles north of Jackson. Alan R. Stroup, 26, was southbound in his 1996 Pontiac at about 3:50 a.m., when the car ran off the roadway and struck a concrete embankment. Stroup was ejected from the car before the it came to rest on top of him, said the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Survey gauges social needs around region (01/11/03)
The Community Caring Council and Area Wide United Way are using a follow-up survey more broadly this year to find out whether any essential community needs are being missed by state and private agencies. This survey, called COMPASS II, is being sent to businesses, parents and community leaders throughout Cape Girardeau County and in Scott City. It will be used to determine what people's perceptions of their community and its resources are...
Coyotes are a growing problem in St. Louis suburb, elsewhere (01/11/03)
ST. LOUIS -- When the Knapp family found their cocker spaniel on their deck, they couldn't believe their eyes. The dog had 23 bites on his body, four broken ribs and badly chewed-up legs. The family spent about $2,800 trying to save their 12-year-old pet, named Klyde, before seizures set in; a veterinarian advised them four days later they needed to put the dog to sleep...
Religion briefs 1/11/03 (01/11/03)
New pastor coming to First Christian Church The Rev. Dr. David Felty is the new pastor of First Christian Church in Cape Girardeau. Felty will officially take his new position during a service at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 26. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky at Lexington's theological seminary and the University of Virginia. He has served as pastor of college-town churches in Ohio and Alabama and as a campus minister in Nebraska, Arizona and Virginia. He taught college courses in Kentucky...
Abortion waiting period sought in state (01/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers looking to limit abortions plan to push legislation requiring a one-day wait between a doctor's visit and an abortion. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, who sponsored a similar proposal last year, pledged that this year's version will be debated by the House...
President's speeches echo biblical rhetoric (01/11/03)
Abraham Lincoln he's not. But as a public speaker, President George W. Bush at least shares his Republican predecessor's fondness for biblical phrases. That presumably reflects a practice of regular Scripture reading that began when Bush experienced a spiritual renewal and joined a men's Bible study in Midland, Texas...
Missouri Dems seek White's renomination (01/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- In an apparent attempt to press the issue of race, two Missouri Democrats are asking President Bush to renominate the black judge who was the key witness for the opposition during Attorney General John Ashcroft's confirmation hearings...
Southwest Missouri State looks to cover its budget gap (01/11/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Southwest Missouri State anticipates another tuition increase and a faculty hiring "frost" as it tries to cope with diminishing state funds. President John Keiser said the university is committed to a moderate fee increase, probably in the 5 percent range, to take effect in the fall...
Religion calendar 1/11/03 (01/11/03)
SundayHeaven seminar at Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau with speaker Fred Overton of Atlanta. Sessions will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Child care is provided. The EBE (Excelling by Example) Crew, a Christian music group from Columbus, Ohio, will perform at 6 p.m. at Christ Church of the Heartland. Doors open at 5 p.m...
Flu-like outbreak causes cancellation of classes (01/11/03)
GREEN RIDGE, Mo. -- The Green Ridge School District canceled classes after an outbreak of flu-like symptoms sickened more than 100 students. When the district's kindergarten through 12th-grade school of 375 students opened Thursday, many students were absent, and many others reported to the nurses office with fevers, body aches and coughing...
MoDOT drops urban-rural funding policy (01/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Rural communities will receive a slightly larger percentage of funds for roads and bridges from a new policy adopted Friday by the Missouri State Highways and Transportation Commission. The new plan, which won't take full effect until mid-2006, replaces a 1998 policy that automatically earmarked half of the road and bridge budget for St. Louis and Kansas City area projects and the remainder for those in the rest of Missouri...
Experts - Mosquitoes may not be sole source of West Nile virus (01/11/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Experts gathered in suburban St. Louis reported a surprising finding about the West Nile virus -- mosquitoes may not be alone in transmitting the disease. The West Nile epidemic is expected to continue spreading west across the United States, experts said Thursday. They also discussed new research indicating that some birds may pass the virus directly to other birds...
Businesses, churches get threatening letters (01/11/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Racially threatening letters that appear to be tied to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday have been sent to 15 black-owned businesses and black churches in the Kansas City area, authorities said. FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said Friday that the first of the 25 threatening letters was reported to the agency last weekend. ...
Status for Reagan's boyhood home in Dixon, Ill., in doubt (01/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly a year after President Bush signed a bill intended to make Ronald Reagan's boyhood home in Dixon, Ill., a national historic site, a dispute over what the home is worth may keep it from achieving that status. Private appraisals contracted by the U.S. ...
Comments on cloning (01/11/03)
The Raelian movement may or may not prove it produced the first cloned human, but the sect can already claim another distinction: It is virtually the only religious group that says this type of reproduction is a good idea. In fact, the Rev. Eileen W. Lindner, who heads the National Council of Churches' new project studying biological technologies, knows of no faith besides the Raelians that advocates producing genetic duplicates of humans...
Missouri lawmaker says smaller colleges may close (01/11/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A lawmaker whose district includes the flagship campus of the University of Missouri has suggested smaller state colleges may be expendable in the state's estimated $1 billion budget crunch. State funding to Missouri Southern State College in Joplin and Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph may need to be eliminated, Rep. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, said Thursday at a higher-education forum...
Sentence reduced for man who shot horses (01/11/03)
EMINENCE, Mo. -- A man who shot five federally protected wild horses in the Ozarks has received a reduced sentence, angering advocacy group members who were already unhappy with the punishment. Harold "Pogo" Williams, of Ellington, will serve only weekends in the Shannon County jail through June 2004 under a revised work release order granted by a judge...
Man accused of killing, robbing his grandmother (01/11/03)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Prosecutors charged a 34-year-old man Friday with killing and robbing his grandmother, who died last week of repeated blows to the head. Ronald Lee Harrison Jr., of Qulin, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery, and armed criminal action in the Jan. 3 death of Reba Magouirk, of Campbell. He is being held without bond in the Dunklin County Jail. His arraignment is set for Tuesday...
Warner Bros. loses videocassette veteran (01/11/03)
LOS ANGELES -- The head of Paramount Pictures Corp.'s home entertainment division resigned abruptly and will be replaced by a veteran video executive from Warner Bros. Eric Doctorow, who spent 20 years at Paramount's video unit, stepped down Thursday. Paramount would only say that Doctorow left to "pursue other interests and to seek new challenges."...
'Priceless' Beatles music makes surprise return (01/11/03)
LONDON -- Police appear to have recovered about 500 original Beatles tapes that were stolen in the 1970s, including some never-released tracks, during raids Friday on members of a piracy racket in England and the Netherlands. British police said the tapes were "priceless." Dutch police, who found the tapes in the Netherlands, agreed, but said analysis of the material was ongoing...
Kennett rallies to topple Central (01/11/03)
In front of a charged home crowd, Central gave its fans all they could ask for. Everything, that is, except a win. The Tigers (9-4) wowed the crowd with a pair of early dunks, made a big run early and came back from a late deficit to grab the lead, but ultimately Kennett (9-4) rallied with five straight points from Alando Edwards to beat the Tigers 57-56 in a SEMO Conference boys basketball game Friday...
Buzzer-beating shot lifts Delta over Zalma (01/11/03)
Delta hit 11 3-pointers in a 70-67 boys basketball win over host Zalma on Friday, but none were bigger than Derek Helderman's three-quarter court heave at the buzzer to decide the game. Even worse for Zalma, it led by 15 points at halftime before watching it slip...
Area teams tackle St. Louis metro foes today in shootout (01/11/03)
Southeast Missourian While the eighth annual Tiger Shootout will once again feature a four-game, one-day format, Central athletic director Terry Kitchen wouldn't mind seeing the event grow into something bigger. Kitchen said he has tinkered with the idea of expanding the field, but says many things would need to happen for the boys basketball event to grow...
PB gets best of Jackson a second time (01/11/03)
The potential for a magical night filled the air Friday at Jackson High School. With Poplar Bluff, the second-ranked team in Class 5, visiting before a large crowd, Jackson looked serious about paybacks for a 15-point loss earlier this season. The Indians played up to the possibility by hitting their first three shots and scoring the game's first seven points...
Road trip presents Otahks early OVC test (01/11/03)
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- After opening with Ohio Valley Conference schedule with an easy home victory over Eastern Illinois, the path is likely to get tougher in a hurry for Southeast Missouri State University's women. The Otahkians (7-4, 1-0 OVC) will play a pair of strong Kentucky teams on the road in the next three days, facing Morehead State (9-4, 2-0) at 4:30 p.m. today and Eastern Kentucky (10-4, 2-0) on Monday...
Morehead presents Southeast a familiar obstacle (01/11/03)
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The last time Southeast Missouri State University faced one of the Ohio Valley Conference's top players, Henry Domercant torched the Indians for 35 points in a 10-point Eastern Illinois victory on Saturday. Tonight, the Indians (6-7, 1-1 OVC) get another crack at one of the OVC's best when they take on Morehead State (7-5, 3-0) and its star, Ricky Minard, in a 6:30 p.m. tipoff at Johnson Arena...
Reeves has a knack for road surprises (01/11/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- Don't expect a Dan Reeves team to roll over in a road game. After becoming the first visiting coach to win a playoff game at Green Bay's forbidding Lambeau Field, Reeves takes his underdog Atlanta Falcons to equally intimidating Veterans Stadium tonight for an NFC semifinal with the Philadelphia Eagles...
Titans look for first playoff victory over rival Steelers (01/11/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn't mind a little more rest. The Tennessee Titans have waited long enough. The Steelers play their second game in seven days today, hoping their comeback victory over Cleveland helps them forget their aching bodies and provides some much-needed momentum...
Mark Bone (01/11/03)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mark Alton Bone, 35, of Charleston died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at his home. He was born Oct. 29, 1967, in Charleston, son of Tooney Hale and Wanda Pauline Vinson Bone. He and Leigh Ann Powell were married Feb. 20, 1988. Bone lived in Charleston all his life, and was a self-employed mechanic...
Jane Smith (01/11/03)
THEBES, Ill. -- Jane N. Smith, 90, of Granite City, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at SunBridge University Care and Rehabilitation Center in Edwardsville, Ill. She was born Feb. 22, 1912, in Thebes, daughter of Walter and Maude Foster Jordan. Mrs. Smith was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Troy, Ill...
David Patterson (01/11/03)
S. David Patterson, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1931, at Trask, Mo., son of Harvey Jonas and Vera Leola McGuire Patterson. He and Jo Evelyn Kinder were married Sept. 9, 1949, in Cape Girardeau...
Vera Berkbigler (01/11/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Vera M. Berkbigler, 76, of Perryville died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born March 17, 1926, in Perryville, daughter of Edgar G. and A. Margarete Beinlein Weinrich. She married Wallace M. Berkbigler Aug. 21, 1948...
Reva Hood (01/11/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The funeral for Reva I. Hood of Chaffee will be held at 10 a.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee. The Rev. James Fields will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens near Morley, Mo. Friends may call at the chapel after 9 a.m...
George Morris (01/11/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- George Franklin Morris, 68, of Anna died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at Jonesboro Health Care in Jonesboro, Ill. He was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Union County, son of Johnny and Mamie Brake Morris. Morris was a carpenter. Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Morris; a son, Preston Morris; a sister, JoAnn Huitt; a half brother, James May; and a half sister, Melvin Morris...
Helen Gray (01/11/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- The funeral for Helen Marie Gray of Anna will be held at 1 p.m. today at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna. The Revs. Tim Sadler and Roy Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery. Gray, 85, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at Jonesboro Healthcare Center in Jonesboro, Ill...
Linda Edwards (01/11/03)
The funeral for Linda Joy Edwards of Maryland Heights, Mo., will be held at 11 a.m. today at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden, Mo. The Revs. Kenneth Powers and Ronald Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden. Edwards, 55, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at her home...
Geneva Moore (01/11/03)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Geneva Moore, 69, of Charleston died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 19, 1933, in Charleston, daughter of Edward and Flora Bell Wilkerson Moore. Moore was a lifelong resident of Charleston and attended Lincoln School. She worked more than 25 years at Charleston Manor Nursing Center. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and served on the Mothers Board...
Laura Foulk (01/11/03)
Laura Bernece Foulk, 82, of Scott City, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 24, 1920, to Arthur M. Lipe and Grace Robey in Avert, Mo. Foulk was married to Clifford B. Foulk on Oct. 5, 1936, in Benton, Mo. She had worked as a seamstress at Ely Walker Co. and was a member of the New Life Gospel Center in Scott City...
Andrew Roth Jr. (01/11/03)
Andrew W. Roth Jr., 81, of Margate, Fla., died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Memorial Hospital in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Cape Girardeau, son of Andrew W. and Frances Krietler Roth. He and Billie Jeanne Terry were married Jan. 13, 1944, in Barnsville, Calif...
Reba Ryan (01/11/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Reba Ryan, 78, of Sikeston died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born April 3, 1924, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., daughter of Ruben McClellan and Martha Lindsey Ellison. She and Billy C. Ryan were married in December 1943. He died July 9, 1994...
Alan Stroup (01/11/03)
Alan Reece Stroup was born Nov. 11, 1975, in Cape Girardeau, son of Randy Stroup of Chaffee and Janice Minor Stroup (now Janice Thomas) of Jacksonville, N.C. He died in an automobile accident Friday, Jan. 10, 2003. Alan married Tara Payne May 25, 1996. They have two sons, Dalton Stroup and A.J. Stroup. Dalton is five years old and A.J. is 20 months...
Albert Meatte (01/11/03)
Albert Roy Meatte, 64, of Saginaw, Mich., died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Harrison, Mich. He was born Dec. 24, 1938, at Portageville, Mo. He and Doris Hildebrandt were married June 13, 1958. Meatte was a graduate of Portageville High School. He was in the grocery business 25 years in Saginaw, then worked for Wohlfeil Hardware, and the past 10 years worked in security at Covenant Health Care...
Births 1/11/03 (01/11/03)
Duncan Son to Dustin Blake Duncan and Amanda Lynne Clark of Chaffee, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:46 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003. Name, Blake Landon. Weight, 7 pounds 7 ounces. First child. Ms. Clark is the daughter of Charlie and Teresa Clark of Chaffee. Duncan is the son of Diane Duncan of Chaffee...
POLICE - Cape, Jackson Saturday, Jan. 11 (01/11/03)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Jan. 11 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI David R. Bergstrom II, 21, of 1300 W. Mar Elm, Lot 8, Scott City, Mo., received a summons Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and improper registration...
FIRE - Saturday, Jan. 11 (01/11/03)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Jan. 11 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 4:35 p.m., emergency medical service at 3001 Themis. At 5:59 p.m., extrication at Highways 72 and B. Firefighters responded Friday to the following items: At 12:41 a.m., extrication in Cape Girardeau County...
SHERIFF - Saturday, Jan. 11 (01/11/03)
Cape Girardeau County Saturday, Jan. 11 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Margaret A. Davis, 24, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested Jan. 4 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Jackson fire 1/11 (01/11/03)
Jackson Saturday, Jan. 11 Firefighters respondedFriday to the following items: A motor vehicle accident on South Hope. A motor vehicle accident on South Hope. A medical assist on Spring View. A motor vehicle accident on East Independence....
Out of the past 1/11/03 (01/11/03)
10 years ago: Jan. 11, 1993 Jefferson City -- Throughout his campaign, Mel Carnahan promised his No. 1 priority would be education; in his inaugural address, Carnahan makes it clear he intends to keep that promise; that's good news for Cape Girardeau Superintendent of Schools Neyland Clark, who is among several hundred Southeast Missourians who make trek to Jefferson City...
Pet pic correction 1/11/03 (01/11/03)
On the Faces & Places page in Thursday's edition, it should have been reported that Phyllis Gayner, owner of Sassy the cat, is of Creede, Colo. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Boot camp for youths needs financial help (01/11/03)
Another affected by Missouri's budget cuts is the National Guard's Show Me Challenge youth booth camp program in Nevada, Mo., on the western side of the state. Although the program is closer to Kansas than to our part of the state, undoubtedly there are youths from Southeast Missouri who have received benefits. More than 800 cadets have graduated in just four years, teenagers who probably would have otherwise served time in jail or prison...
DARE is positive effort that needs support (01/11/03)
It's discouraging for Cape Girardeau police officer Jeff Bonham to look at the last of his DARE supplies. The last pencils. The last workbooks. The last bumper stickers. The Missouri State Highway Patrol funds the DARE program statewide, and recent funding cuts have prompted the patrol to stop providing supplies for DARE, which stands for Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education. ...
Dr. Janet Roupp among those giving their time (01/11/03)
To the editor: About a month ago, I wrote a letter to the editor thanking several area professionals for their willingness to give time to area youth. In addition to Dr. John Egbert, Dr. Shanon Kirchhoff and Dr. Charles Wilson, I also got a call from Dr. Janet Roupp's office. Though she was so busy that an appointment two months in the future had to be made, she was still willing to fit us in...
Tired of hearing all the complaints about smokers (01/11/03)
To the editor: I have been reading the comments about smokers who go outside to smoke. For crying out loud. I am so sick of hearing all the complaining. It is the smokers' choice if they want to smoke after all the warnings about smoking. The protesters have won the right not to have smoking in public buildings and work places, with which I agree, so they are not subjected to secondhand smoke...
Stronger laws needed to stop U.S. abortions (01/11/03)
To the editor: In a historic mandate of the people, the Republicans have been given control of the White House and both houses of Congress. In less than two weeks, thousands of pro-life advocates will again be marching in Washington to mark the 30th anniversary of the legalization of abortions...
Speak Out 1/11/03 (01/11/03)
Survey follow-up THE JACKSON School District took surveys of parents. I have some scholastic concerns about my child. I just wonder whether these surveys were looked at. I wonder whether there has been any attempt to have teachers follow through on good suggestions where scholastics seem to be lacking and what they can do to make the Jackson School District better...
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