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Federal inmate payments boost sheriff's budget (02/20/03)
Who says crime doesn't pay? In 2002, the number of federal inmates housed at the Cape Girardeau County jail produced enough revenue to pay for the jail's bond payment, plus an additional $320,000 more to offset the cost of keeping them. The sheriff's department received a total of $771,408 worth of reimbursements for housing federal inmates last year...
Experts criticize quake-forecasting claims (02/20/03)
A California firm is forecasting a magnitude 2.0 to 3.5 earthquake for New Madrid, Mo., between today and Sunday -- part of a marketing attempt to gain subscribers for its Web site, geoForecaster.com. In response to the mass e-mail and telemarketing in connection with the forecast, government scientists and emergency management officials are making it clear they've seen no evidence geoForecaster Inc. can accurately forecast an earthquake...
Cape Girardeau City Council action taken (02/20/03)
Public hearing
  • Held a public hearing regarding the proposed Capital Improvements Program for fiscal years 2003-2008. CONSENT ORDINANCES (SECOND AND THIRD READINGS)
  • Authorized the acquisition of property for the improvement of Silver Springs Road between Highway 74 and Mount Auburn Road...
  • Series offered on building strong families (02/20/03)
    Success By 6, University Outreach and Extension and Family Resource Center will offer a series titled "Building Strong Families." Cape Girardeau area families will have a chance to discover their own strengths and learn new skills to build on them. A series of Building Strong Families sessions will be offered at the Family Resource Center...
    Saturday classes possible for Neelyville students (02/20/03)
    NEELYVILLE, Mo. -- Neelyville students will be facing Saturday school if any more days are missed during the school year superintendent Larry Graves told school board members at Monday night's board meeting. "We are going to have to run Saturday school if we miss anymore days this year," Graves said. "Otherwise we will be running the school year into June."...
    'Big, big potholes' are found in Scott County (02/20/03)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County Commissioners have spotted "big, big potholes" in country roads already but agreed Tuesday they will have to wait until spring to see how bad the damage is. "This snow and ice is really taking a toll on our highway department budget," added Commissioner Jamie Burger, noting the added expense of keeping country roads cleared...
    Community digest 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    IAAP group learning proper English usage The International Association of Administrative Professionals monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau Drury Lodge. The speaker for the February meeting, Dr. David Reinheimer, director of writing assessment and assistant professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University, will be speaking on proper English usage and grammar...
    Community cuisine 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    Lenten fish fry dates set for each Friday of Lent An AYCEfish fry will be held each Friday during Lent. Fish fries will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4 and 11 at Scott City Knights of Columbus Upper Hall, U.S. 61. All proceeds go to benefit St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. Denis and St. Joseph Parish Schools...
    Leaders of the pack (02/20/03)
    HERE ARE THE LOCAL BOYS WHO RECEIVED BOY SCOUT MERIT BADGES AT THE ALPHA PHI OMEGA-SPONSORED MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY EVENT SATURDAY ON THE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. CAPE GIRARDEAU, TROOPS 5 AND 8
  • Chemistry: Matt Taylor, Will Browne, Conrad Browne, Karl Bratcher, Patrick Jernigan, Jared Weiss, Alex Kies, Nick Summary, Matt Heddle, Gregory Sprengel...
  • Cape code measure suggests building alterations (02/20/03)
    The Cape Girardeau City Council tabled first reading of a measure Wednesday to adopt new building codes after council members and builders voiced concern about proposed regulations on basement construction. Council members expressed support for revisions suggested by inspection services director Robert McClary, but asked the city staff to first draft a written proposal for them to review...
    Concert planned to celebrate National Lutheran School Week (02/20/03)
    In celebration of National Lutheran School Week, March 2 to 8, Saxony Lutheran High School and The Concordia University Kapelle, under the direction of professor Charles P. Brown, will perform a concert at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau...
    Newspaper web site gains in popularity (02/20/03)
    Southast Missourian The Southeast Missourian's Web site -- seMissourian.com -- is a free "personal local research think-tank" that includes breaking stories, specialized archives and several other features for online users. That's according to Rust Communications co-president Jon Rust, who addressed the Lions Club during its noon meeting Wednesday at the Holiday Inn...
    Group works toward turning dreams into reality (02/20/03)
    On a warm summer day in Cape Girardeau, hundreds of visitors stroll along a scenic boardwalk on the banks of the Mississippi River, patronizing stores, restaurants and a new strip mall near the riverfront. Rubber-wheeled trolley cars escort visitors from the French Quarter-themed downtown to other areas of the city. A pedestrian walkway runs above Water Street between Independence and Broadway, giving increased access to second-story businesses in the city's historic buildings...
    Senate endorses bill offering relief for local utility (02/20/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate on Wednesday moved to correct a "historical anomaly" by passing a bill that would exempt a customer-owned power utility in Southeast Missouri from full state regulation. Because of a quirk in the law, Citizens Electric Corp. of Ste. Genevieve is the only not-for-profit utility in the state that has to seek the permission of the Missouri Public Service Commission in order to change its rates...
    Judge cuts $2.2 billion award for diluted drugs to $330 million (02/20/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While upholding a jury's verdict for a cancer patient who received drugs diluted by a pharmacist, a judge cut the damages from $2.2 billion to just over $330 million. Jackson County Circuit Judge Lee Wells ruled Tuesday in the case against Robert Courtney, who faced hundreds of lawsuits over the dilutions at his Research Medical Tower Pharmacy in Kansas City...
    Initial approval given for changes to Missouri Southern State (02/20/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Southern State College would become Missouri State University-Joplin under legislation receiving initial Senate approval Wednesday. Under the bill, the name change would take effect Aug. 28 and would allow the school to award graduate degrees in some areas. The bill would require the school to do away with associate degree programs unless approved by the state Coordinating Board for Higher Education...
    Senate passes new way to address budget troubles (02/20/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State senators have endorsed a new way to address Missouri's budget troubles. But it still could result in an $82 million gap the governor has pledged to cover with education cuts. The state Senate voted 27-6 Wednesday night for legislation allowing the issuance of revenue bonds to help cover the state's shortfall for the fiscal year that ends June 30. The bonds would be backed by the state's general tax revenue...
    Popular St. Louis radio personality shot to death in home (02/20/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- The husband of popular St. Louis radio personality Nan Wyatt was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in her shooting death, police said. Thomas Erbland, 43, was being held without bond in the St. Louis County jail. He also was charged with armed criminal action...
    Lawsuit accuses priest of sexual abuse (02/20/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis man on Wednesday sued a Roman Catholic priest and the St. Louis Archdiocese, alleging he was sexually abused by the priest in the 1980s. The suit, by a man listed only as John Doe 73, was filed in St. Louis Circuit Court and seeks unspecified damages. It accuses the Rev. Robert J. Yim of sodomy and other sexual abuse in 1986 and 1987 when the man was a grade school student at St. Paul Catholic Church in Fenton...
    Jackson highway project sparks call for fair compensation (02/20/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The controversial redesign of Highway 34-72 in Jackson has prompted legislation that would require the state to consider loss of road access when compensating owners for land taken for highway projects. Joe Bob Baker owns two businesses that would be affected by the Highway 34-72 project -- B & B Auto Salvage and B & B Marine Co...
    Security-alarm giant settles Missouri claims (02/20/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- A Florida-based security-alarm giant and more than 20 of its dealers have agreed to pay $275,000 to settle Missouri claims that they violated the state's anti-telemarketing law, Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday. The settlement involving ADT Security Services Inc., a division of Tyco International Ltd., is the largest payout for alleged violations of the state's no-call list, which took effect in July 2001, Nixon said...
    Team effort Scientist and business students generate company to (02/20/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Mumm was a Washington University scientist looking for help in crafting a business plan. Craig Gaffin and three of his Washington University classmates were business students looking to help entrepreneurs with a science background...
    High court flooded with filings over college admissions case (02/20/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Nike Inc., the American Psychological Association and the New York City Council all want to have their say in the biggest affirmative action case to reach the Supreme Court in decades. Hundreds of groups and individuals filed their views on the use of race in college admissions policies before the Wednesday midnight deadline...
    FDA chief - Settling ephedra risks high priority (02/20/03)
    By Lauren Neergaard ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Food and Drug Administration investigators are looking into the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler as they try to decide just how dangerous the herbal stimulant ephedra might be and whether to ban it, the FDA's new chief said Wednesday...
    Students say terrorism must be considered during urban planning (02/20/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Candeo Glacia is powered by hydrogen. Its residents submit to regular iris scans for security purposes. And the leaves on its bioengineered trees turn purple at any sign of radioactive material. That's the way budding engineer Megan Horton, 14, sees the future: not dependent on oil, tightly secured and quick to detect terrorist threats not imagined by urban planners of the past...
    Iraqis using civilians as human shields would be war criminals (02/20/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Any Iraqis involved in attempts to use civilians as human shields during U.S. military operations would be punished as war criminals, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday. Rumsfeld said Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been willing to use human shields in the past and suggested he could try the tactic again if President Bush decides to use military force to disarm Iraq. Bush himself cited the human shield scenario last week...
    Pickup truck plunges into canal (02/20/03)
    PEARBLOSSOM, Calif. -- A pickup truck veered off a Mojave Desert highway and plunged into the California Aqueduct on Wednesday, killing four people, including three children. Another child was in critical condition after being pulled out of the murky water without a pulse...
    Colorado residents emerge after record snowstorm; some go skiin (02/20/03)
    DENVER -- While some people continued digging out Sunday from a five-day snowstorm that dumped as much as 11 feet in parts of Colorado, others headed straight for the slopes. Copper Mountain ski resort spokesman Ben Friedland said business was brisk, if not spectacular, at his resort. He guessed that many residents would like to be skiing, but were more concerned about recovering from the storm...
    Homeland security launches its 'Ready Campaign' (02/20/03)
    CINCINNATI -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suggested basic steps Wednesday for a nation still on high alert for terrorism, such as putting together disaster kits with a few days supply of food and water. A week after government comments sent worried Americans to hardware stores for duct tape and plastic sheeting, Ridge also said the "orange" level high-risk alert was really meant more for law enforcement than for regular citizens. And he suggested it might be lowered soon...
    Johnny PayCheck dead at age 64 (02/20/03)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country singer Johnny PayCheck, the hard-drinking hell-raiser best known for his 1977 working man's anthem "Take This Job and Shove It," has died at 64. PayCheck had been bedridden in a nursing home with emphysema and asthma. He died Tuesday, Grand Ole Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said...
    NASA moves ahead on space station orbiter (02/20/03)
    WASHINGTON -- As investigators search for the cause of the Columbia disaster, NASA is moving ahead with plans to develop a new craft that would replace shuttles on space station missions by 2012 and respond quickly to space station emergencies. The space agency released the first set of mission needs and requirements Wednesday for the orbital space plane, which would be designed to transport a crew of four to and from the International Space Station...
    People talk 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    Branagh will star in London play 'Edmond' LONDON -- Kenneth Branagh is returning to the London stage for the first time in more than a decade. The National Theater announced Wednesday that the actor and director will star in "Edmond," a David Mamet play that's being revived at the National this summer...
    Rejected theories in Columbia shuttle probe back on the table (02/20/03)
    SPACE CENTER, Houston -- In the days after Columbia's destruction, NASA officials made their case: The foam couldn't have caused that kind of damage. It wasn't ice or metal that flew off the fuel tank. The left wing was not breached. All that -- and more -- is back on the table and under the microscope, now that an investigation board is calling the shots...
    FCC moving to give states phone authority (02/20/03)
    WASHINGTON -- A weeklong delay in a vote on phone competition rules apparently did not resolve deep divisions at the Federal Communications Commission over rolling back requirements for companies to share access to transmission networks. On Feb. 10, FCC Chairman Michael Powell postponed the vote until Thursday, hopeful he could win over a third commissioner on the five-member panel for a plan favored by the regional Bells -- BellSouth Corp., SBC Communications, Verizon Communications and Qwest Communications.. ...
    Flooding is feared following blizzard along East Coast (02/20/03)
    Rain and rising temperatures in the forecast over the next few days threaten to melt this week's mammoth snowfall in the East and cause disastrous floods. In Pennsylvania, emergency management officials urged people to prepare for high water by selecting an evacuation route, clearing snow from flat roofs and stocking up on supplies...
    Chicago club's closure debated (02/20/03)
    CHICAGO -- The nightspot where 21 people died in a stampede this week was a popular stop for the hip-hop crowd and it had a reputation for trouble: Police say they received scores of calls about it over the past three years and city inspectors found nearly a dozen code violations in the building last summer...
    Sept. 11 terror suspect given 15-year sentence in Germany (02/20/03)
    HAMBURG, Germany -- A Moroccan received the maximum 15-year sentence Wednesday for helping the al-Qaida hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks -- the first conviction anywhere of a suspect in the terror plot against the United States. Mounir el Motassadeq, 28, showed no emotion but occasionally shook his head or checked his watch as he listened to the verdict finding him guilty of more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder...
    Fashion Week proceeds against backdrop of possible war (02/20/03)
    LONDON -- As London Fashion Week proceeds with its usual glitz, color and frills, designer Katharine Hamnett broke from the mold to send models down the catwalk in stark black T-shirts with the harshly printed slogan "Stop War, Blair Out." Hamnett's political message made her virtually the only designer to acknowledge public concern over a possible war in Iraq and Prime Minister Tony Blair's role in the pro-action camp...
    World briefs 02/20/03 (02/20/03)
    Former Mexican conjoined twin dies GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- A baby girl who had shared a liver and heart tissue with her sister died two weeks after the pair were surgically separated, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday. Seven-month-old Marisol Villalobos died of heart failure late Tuesday after struggling to recuperate from the operation, said Guadalupe Carrasco, spokeswoman at the Western Medical Center Pediatric Hospital in Guadalajara...
    United States, Turkey deadlocked over request for troops (02/20/03)
    ANKARA, Turkey -- With Washington warning that time is running short, the United States and Turkey failed again Wednesday to agree on a plan to let U.S. forces deploy for a northern front against Iraq. The standoff came as U.S. ships loaded with tanks and other armor awaited orders in the Mediterranean...
    Israelis, Palestinians trade blows in Gaza fighting (02/20/03)
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian militants fired a series of small rockets at an Israeli town Wednesday, hours after Israeli troops carried out a major incursion directed at the metal workshops producing the weapons. The Palestinian attack prompted further action by the Israelis, who moved to block the main north-south road in Gaza in two places, effectively cutting the coastal territory into three pieces...
    South Korean subway fire forces stepped-up safety measures (02/20/03)
    DAEGU, South Korea -- A subway fire that killed more than 125 people is forcing officials to strengthen safety measures on trains after a suicidal man who said he did not want to die alone ignited the blaze in a train stopped at a station. A second train arrived at the station minutes later and was engulfed in flames, raising concerns about why it wasn't diverted or stopped...
    Former Iron Curtain indignant over Chirac's rebuke on Iraq (02/20/03)
    SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgaria's president angrily summoned the French ambassador Wednesday as critics across the former Soviet bloc lashed out at French President Jacques Chirac for telling Europe's eastern newcomers to "keep quiet" on their pro-Washington stance on Iraq...
    America paying a price for possible war over Iraq (02/20/03)
    PARIS -- The years have not dimmed Bernadette Mouchel's respect for Americans. Nothing, the French retiree says, could erase her gratitude to the brave GIs -- "those boys who died," she calls them -- who liberated her Normandy farm from Nazi occupiers in World War II...
    WHO warns that Ebola outbreak in Congo may be spreading (02/20/03)
    By Louis Okamba ~ The Associated Press BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo -- U.N. health officials confirmed Wednesday that a disease outbreak killing scores of people in the Republic of Congo was Ebola and warned that the highly lethal hemorrhagic fever could still be spreading...
    U.S., Britain will introduce new U.N. resolution (02/20/03)
    UNITED NATIONS -- Facing global opposition to a rush to war, the United States and Britain will introduce a new U.N. resolution in the coming days and set a deadline for Iraq to cooperate fully with weapons inspectors, Britain's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday...
    Military plane carrying 302 elite soldiers crashes in Iran (02/20/03)
    TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian military plane carrying 302 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran on Wednesday, killing all on board in the country's worst plane crash ever, state-run media reported. The plane was en route from Zahedan, on the Pakistan border, to Kerman, about 500 miles southeast of Tehran, state-run Tehran television reported. It crashed in a mountainous area about 20 miles from its destination...
    Jackson, Central set out on state wrestling goals (02/20/03)
    The Jackson Indians will strive to accomplish something they've accomplished the last three seasons. The Central Tigers will shoot for a first in school history. But both schools' coaches are just hoping their athletes perform to their abilities when the Missouri Wrestling Championships open today at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo...
    Sikeston's early lead sets tone for victory (02/20/03)
    Sikeston took control early as it posted a 67-45 home victory over Oran Wednesday night in boys basketball. All-state forward Lontas McClinton scored 23 points for Sikeston, which led by 21 points by halftime. Sikeston limited Oran (17-6) to five points in the first quarter and 18 points at the half. The Bulldogs led 39-18 at intermission and outscored the Eagles 28-27 over the second half...
    Jackson graduate eager to take final shot at playoffs (02/20/03)
    For Jackson High School graduate Justin Keen, it's his last chance at a collegiate championship. The Columbia College Cougars have a record of 81-20 over Keen's first three seasons. In those three seasons the Cougars have been bounced out of the national tournament in the first round twice and the sweet 16 once...
    Arkansas St., Ohio add D-I obstacles to SE schedule (02/20/03)
    For the second straight season, a 12-game schedule featuring two Division I-A opponents awaits Southeast Missouri State University's football team. Although times have not yet been set, the Indians' 2003 schedule will include road games against I-A squads Ohio and Arkansas State in addition to six home contests...
    Memphis wins 6th in a row, knocks off No. 4 Louisville (02/20/03)
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Antonio Burks scored 16 points and Memphis went 13-of-17 from the free throw line over the final 3:58 to beat No. 4 Louisville 80-73 on Wednesday night. Chris Massie had 12 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth straight double-double, as the Tigers (17-5, 8-3 Conference USA) won their sixth straight game...
    Jennifer Goldsberry mixes sports with a busy class schedule (02/20/03)
    Jennifer Goldsberry is no stranger to competition. She lives for it. At Parkway South High School in suburban St. Louis, Goldsberry, now a student at Southeast Missouri State University, played basketball, soccer and volleyball. She was captain of each team at one point, and she received MVP honors as a freshman in soccer, the only year she was able to play that sport due to two torn ACLs...
    Vina eager to move forward after difficult off-season (02/20/03)
    JUPITER, Fla. -- Fernando Vina is ready to put the trade rumors behind him and begin preparing for the 2003 season. Though most position players arrived early, the full team was in the Cardinals' spring training camp Wednesday. Among them was Vina, who was rumored in several deals involving pitchers during the offseason...
    Ephedra, league policy under fire (02/20/03)
    An NFL player caught taking ephedra is often subject to harsher penalties than if he snorted cocaine. An Olympic athlete can lose a medal by taking the supplement. Baseball and its union, however, allow players to use ephedra, which is suspected in the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler and used by millions of Americans trying to lose weight...
    For Blues, leads are better late than never (02/20/03)
    The Blues have given up the first goal and come back to win 19 times this season, more than any team in the league. The Blues now are proving themselves adept at an even tougher trick: Coming back from being down two goals. Hockey's conventional wisdom says that teams that trail by two goals almost always lose. When the week started, there were 53 two-goal comebacks in 880 games this season...
    Major League's drug policy helps no one (02/20/03)
    The blame has to begin with the kid himself. But it better not end there. By most accounts, 23-year-old prospect Steve Bechler reported to spring training with the Orioles woefully out of shape. You might think a roster spot and a big-league check were incentive enough to show up ready to play, but he didn't...
    Regular season nears finish for talented seniors (02/20/03)
    It was great to get a win over Western Illinois on Tuesday night. Our players played hard and had one of their better defensive efforts of the season. Western Illinois made a run at the end of the game and took the lead, but finally we closed out a close game when Brandon Griffin made two free throws with just six seconds remaining to give us a 53-52 win...
    Fanfare 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    Briefly Baseball
  • The Pirates were finalizing a contract Wednesday with outfielder Reggie Sanders, who was unable to land a major league job until now despite hitting 23 homers for the NL champion Giants last season. Keeping with club policy, the Pirates won't announce the deal until the 35-year-old Sanders passes a physical...
  • Many elderly go undiagnosed for depression (02/20/03)
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Old-age symptoms can mask signs of depression, making it difficult to diagnose and treat about 2 million older adults nationwide who suffer from depression, doctors say. Seniors do not present classic signs of depression during visits to their family practitioners, but instead complain of various aches and pains, which Dr. Bradley Diner says are likely related to depression...
    Health calendar 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    Today Diabetes Support Group meets from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in conference room B at St. Francis Education Center. To register, call Ken at 331-5136. "We Can" Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lobby of Southeast Missouri Hospital's Regional Cancer Center. For information, call 651-5519...
    Saving lives by using soap (02/20/03)
    Dirty hands spread disease. Everybody seems to know it, but not enough people are heeding the message to wash their hands more frequently. Clean hands are the single most important factor in preventing the spread of germs and infections, area health care workers said...
    Cinnamon, spice and steel (02/20/03)
    Feb. 20, 2003 Dear Ken, For Valentine's Day, DC and I went to see a production of "The Vagina Monologues." About 80 people, mostly young women, jammed the community room at the local public library to watch five actresses deliver the monologues...
    Harrison Manley (02/20/03)
    Harrison Manley, 73, formerly of Cape Girardeau and Sikeston, Mo., died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at St. Joe Manor in Bonne Terre, Mo. Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home at Dexter, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
    Juanita Murrie (02/20/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Juanita D. Ollis Murrie, 84, of Anna and Cobden, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Sept. 24, 1918, in Cobden to Roscoe and Cora Peterman Ollis. She was first married to Vernice Davis and later to Erthel Murrie; both preceded her in death...
    Neil Hoch (02/20/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Neil G. Hoch, 55, of Perryville died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born April 14, 1947, at Brewer, Mo., son of Charles G. and Barbara S. McLellan Hoch. He and Jeanette F. Kirn were married May 13, 1978, at Perryville...
    Nellie Conrad (02/20/03)
    GREENBRIER, Mo. -- Nellie Marie Conrad, 93, of Greenbrier died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. She was born Oct. 21, 1909, at Greenbrier, daughter of Charles and Ella Sullivan Storz. She and Columbus Conrad were married Feb. 8, 1928. He died Oct. 6, 1988...
    Glenita Daniels (02/20/03)
    Glenita Mae Daniels, 65, of Apache Junction, Ariz., died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Dorothy Esselman (02/20/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dorothy M. Esselman, 75, of Perryville died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, in Perryville. She was born Feb. 15, 1928, at Menfro, Mo., daughter of John and Myrtle Schremp Glaub. She and Eugene T. Esselman were married Dec. 30, 1950. He died June 4, 1971...
    Larry Reasons (02/20/03)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Larry W. Reasons, 49, of Cairo died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born Jan. 10, 1954, in Cairo, son of Delbert and Dorothy Halteman Reasons. Reasons was a graduate of DeVry Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz...
    Esther Ongoa (02/20/03)
    Esther Clemens Ongoa, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at her home. She was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Towamencin Township, Pa., daughter of Earl Allebach and Katie Ruth Clemens. Esther was a retired professor of early childhood education at Southeast Missouri State University. She was a member of La Croix United Methodist Church...
    Births 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    MouserDaughter to Andrew and Robyn Mouser of McClure, Ill., Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill., 4:39 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003. Name, Kalyn Grace. Weight, 6 pounds 13 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Mouser is the former Robyn Ford, daughter of Pat Ford of Tamms, Ill., and the late John Ford. ...
    Cape police 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Feb. 20 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Dale R. Reid, 41, of 1818 William, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and traffic violations...
    Cape fire report 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Feb. 20 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 6:40 p.m., emergency medical service at 519 Good Hope. At 10:58 p.m., emergency medical service at Boxwood. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 10:16 a.m., emergency medical service at 1217 Jefferson...
    Out of the past 2/20/03 (02/20/03)
    10 years ago: Feb. 20, 1993 Southeast Missouri State University Regent Mark Pelts has proposed creation of community college division at school; Pelts suggests such division would allow students who don't meet new, tougher admission requirements an opportunity to go to college...
    Ideas for addressing Missouri's budget (02/20/03)
    Anyone who has ever worked with a budget knows there are basically two ways to resolve a budget deficit: Increase the revenue, or decrease the expenses. Politically, most politicians find it painful to reduce the expenses and look too often at tax increases as the revenue option...
    Jackson an example of financial stability (02/20/03)
    Anyone who has been paying attention knows what a disaster the Missouri budget is. The legislature continues to look for $350 million to meet current budget, and lawmakers face a projected $1 billion gap between Gov. Bob Holden's spending requests and anticipated revenue for the next year that begins July 1...
    Jackson firefighters take on remodeling job (02/20/03)
    Speaking of a well-run Jackson ... . Jackson's firefighters are to be applauded as they finish up a remodeling project that will move the fire department's administrative offices from their current location at Hope Street and East Jackson Boulevard to a building next door to the fire station...
    Prayer-in-school editorial hits nail on the head (02/20/03)
    To the editor: I enjoyed your editorial, "Federal funds tied to prayer in schools." You hit the nail on the head. All too often articles or editorials on the subject of prayer in school only address those who are opposed to it. It is good that those who wish to pray can do so. I enjoy your Web site and try to visit it every day. Thank you...
    Bills provide level playing field for broadband (02/20/03)
    To the editor: The Missouri Communications Workers of America strongly supports the passage of Senate Bill 221 and House Bill 142 and believes the legislation promotes a level playing field for all broadband providers. The current regulatory environment puts our jobs in jeopardy, as SBC has halted future broadband deployment in Missouri until regulatory certainty is achieved. ...
    Speak Out A 02/20/03 (02/20/03)
    The A team I HAVE a plan that will allow us to keep our Army, Navy and Air Force personnel safe. There's a small, elite group that we've been paying millions of dollars to for years and years. So all we really need to do is to send over Nick, Bruce, Jean-Claude, Pierce, Stephen and Sylvester and maybe keep Ben, Matt and Koby in reserve -- and Sean can run the whole show. They could get rid of Saddam Hussein and his henchmen in about 10 to 15 minutes, or certainly not more than two hours...
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