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Stories from Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Charter government option sought for all 114 counties (03/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Voters in each of Missouri's 114 counties could decide for themselves if they want to make major structural changes in their county's government under a proposed constitutional amendment filed in the House of Representatives last week...
Jackson school board agenda 3/11 (03/11/03)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 7 p.m. today 614 E. Adams St. On the agenda: FBLA student presentation Consider approval of bus bids, HVAC unit bids, roof bids Consider adoption of 2003-2004 school calendar Consider approval of easement to City of Jackson for creation of hiking and biking trail along Rocky branch...
Indy followup a solid X-Box adventure (03/11/03)
Here's some good news, for a change. Indy's back. "Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb," an Xbox offering from The Collective and Lucas Arts, is a fine addition to the Jonesian legend, even if it takes place in 1935, a year before the setting for the first Indiana Jones movie...
'Modders' breathe new life into games (03/11/03)
As Microsoft was finishing a new game that lets players crossbreed animals -- as in elephants with sharks -- it gave a select group of programmers an opportunity to tinker with the product. By the time "Impossible Creatures" came out a month later, the tinkerers, called "modders," had already developed unofficial variants that go beyond the basic game -- and released them as free downloads on the Internet...
A view to a skill (03/11/03)
Today's high school students can learn about everything from calculus to current events, but few students believe that lessons in algebraic equations or chemistry will be useful after graduation. Yet there are some practical skills that students can use throughout their life. And many such skills are being taught in family and consumer science courses...
Learning briefs 3/11/03 (03/11/03)
Kindermusik Conservatory music gold cup winners Fifteen students of Keyboards and Kindermusik Conservatory recently received gold cups from the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Division Festival. Second gold cups -- Kay Howard and Kara Wilson...
Bridge inspection under way (03/11/03)
A "snooper crew" from the Missouri Department of Transportation so far has found nothing to worry about during its special inspection of the Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau. "I haven't heard of anything major yet," district engineer Scott Meyer said Monday...
MoDOT looks to ease traffic congestion on William (03/11/03)
Missouri Department of Transportation officials hope to draw up plans to alleviate traffic congestion in front of the Holiday Inn in Cape Girardeau. Scott Meyer, MoDOT's district engineer in Sikeston, Mo., told the Cape Girardeau City Council on Monday night that any improvements need to be made in conjunction with new commercial development planned for the area...
MoDOT trying to fill all potholes by end of March (03/11/03)
State highway crews in Southeast Missouri plan an all-out assault on potholes this month in an effort to eliminate the bumpy ride plaguing motorists. Scott Meyer, Missouri Department of Transportation district engineer in Sikeston, Mo., said crews already have started the work. "We would like to get all of the potholes filled by the end of the month," he said on Monday...
Police arrest 5 in raid on Cape duplex (03/11/03)
Cape Girardeau police kicked open the door to an alleged crack house Friday night and arrested five people after serving a search warrant. None of those arrested during the search lived in the duplex at 59 N. Park, Apt. B. The main occupant was not at home, police said. Inside, police found the suspects using crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, said Sgt. Rick Schmidt...
Educators review strategies for children in poverty (03/11/03)
Around 60 teachers and administrators from local schools came together Monday in Cape Girardeau to gain skills and strategies for successfully educating children living in poverty. Nationally known educator Ruby K. Payne's book, "A Framework for Understanding Poverty," served as the backdrop for the two-day seminar, presented by former educator and national speaker Jim Littlejohn of Columbia, S.C...
Dexter man dies in Georgia plane crash (03/11/03)
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ga. -- Federal aviation investigators are sifting through wreckage, seeking the cause of a plane crash that killed prominent Dexter, Mo., businessman Richard Bath -- the second Southeast Missouri businessman to die in a single-engine plane crash last week....
Area students to display science projects (03/11/03)
Want to go? What: 47th annual Regional Science Fair Where: Show Me Center When: Judging at 11 a.m., open to public at 3:30 p.m. By Callie Clark ~ Southeast Missourian Students from about 20 schools throughout Southeast Missouri will travel to the Show Me Center today for the 47th annual Regional Science Fair...
Former state official pleads guilty to theft (03/11/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A former state official who oversaw many of Missouri's security measures after Sept. 11, 2001, pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a lawnmower. Mark Allen, who had been assistant director of the Division of Facilities Management, entered the plea in Boone County Circuit Court to one count of felony stealing...
County GOP chairman resigning due to war opposition (03/11/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- An opponent of war with Iraq stepped down Monday as a county Republican chairman, saying he cannot support "the belligerent and reckless language coming from the White House." Jack Walters of Columbia had faced an ouster vote Tuesday night as chair of the Boone County Republican Committee because of his public anti-war statements...
Officer dies month after suffering broken ankle in wreck (03/11/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis police officer who suffered a seemingly minor broken ankle in a wreck while pursuing a stolen car a month ago has died of complications from the injury, police said Monday. Officer James Branson, 36, was injured along with his partner, Jermaine Jackson, 30, on Feb. 11, when their police cruiser collided with a sport utility vehicle. The officers were following two carjacking suspects in another car at the time of the wreck...
Catholic priest sued again over alleged sexual abuse (03/11/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Two men on Monday accused a Roman Catholic priest of sexually abusing them while serving as their childhood mentor and counselor, bringing to three the number of people who have sued the clergyman in less than three weeks. The latest St. Louis Circuit Court lawsuit accuses the Rev. Robert J. Yim of molesting one victim in 1972 or 1973 at St. Clare of Assisi parish in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin, as well as during a trip to Kansas City...
Missouri Senate gives initial approval to Kinder's tax holiday (03/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State and local sales taxes would be lifted on clothing, school supplies and computers for one August weekend under a bill given initial Senate approval Monday. Both Republican Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder and Democratic Gov. Bob Holden support the "sales tax holiday," which would exempt certain items from the 4.225 percent state sales tax and from any local sales tax unless the local government opted out...
Burden of reserve call-ups falling unevenly (03/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- The buildup for possible war with Iraq has drained National Guard and reserve troops unevenly across the country, with states like North Dakota, Nevada and Connecticut being hit much harder than Vermont, Alaska and Hawaii, an Associated Press analysis shows...
Soaring gas costs crimping some American lifestyles (03/11/03)
LOS ANGELES -- With gasoline prices climbing to near-record levels, some Americans are cutting back sharply back on nonessential driving or trading in their gas guzzlers. Michael Giles said he stopped volunteering at the Salvation Army to avoid driving his 1990 Chrysler Imperial, which gets 22 miles per gallon...
Sagging economy may prompt Fed to cut interest rates again (03/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve may soon be forced to cut interest rates again, driving them to the lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower was president, amid fears that the shaky economy is about to fall back into recession. Concerns about the anemic recovery from the 2001 downturn were heightened with last week's report that unemployment had risen to 5.8 percent in February, with a big loss of 308,000 jobs...
High court to review bounds of questioning (03/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is revisiting its landmark 1966 ruling that led to the familiar refrain, "You have the right to remain silent." Justices said Monday they would consider an appeal by a man who claims he was duped into talking to officers...
Senate backers say partial birth abortion ban likely (03/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Opening debate in Congress, senators hoping to ban a procedure they call partial birth abortion expressed confidence Monday they have the political clout to prevail after an eight-year struggle. "I think the odds are very good" of having legislation signed into law, said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who made the measure one of the top priorities of the new GOP majority...
National park starts controlled burn (03/11/03)
TOWNSEND, Tenn. -- Officials of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park set a 1,000-acre fire Monday in hopes of helping the yellow pine tree population in the largest such fire since 1996. The closely monitored fire was expected to burn through Wednesday...
Scientists develop first treatment for peanut allergies (03/11/03)
Researchers have developed the first drug that can protect the 1.5 million Americans who are allergic to peanuts -- the leading cause of all allergy deaths. The monthly shots are not a cure. But doctors believe the still-experimental drug should let people avoid severe complications if they unknowingly eat one or two peanuts, the typical accidental exposure...
New timeline shows space shuttle broke up later than thought (03/11/03)
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Columbia began exhibiting problems earlier than suspected and experienced the bulk of its breakup later than previously thought, according to the latest flight timeline released by the shuttle accident investigation board Monday...
Toddler found after wandering across freeway following crash (03/11/03)
HIXTON, Wis. -- A 2-year-old girl who survived a car crash that killed her parents wandered across a freeway and was found in a grove of trees three hours later by authorities who tracked her footprints in the snow. The girl, Anita Kayachith, was at home with relatives in Minnesota on Monday, three days after the wreck...
Office stands up for U.S. version of events (03/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- A Cold War-era office with a shadowy name and a colorful history of exposing Soviet deceptions is back in business, this time watching Iraq. The Counter-Disinformation/Misinformation Team's moniker is more impressive than its budget. It's a crew of two toiling in anonymity at the State Department, writing reports they are prohibited by law from disseminating to the U.S. public...
Two immigrants killed near Mexico border after chase (03/11/03)
SAN DIEGO -- California Highway Patrol officers did not know a stolen pickup truck was loaded with more than 20 suspected illegal immigrants when they decided to stop it with spike strips, the department said Monday. Two people were killed and 20 injured Sunday when the driver swerved around a spike strip, slammed into the center divide and rolled the pickup onto its side, tossing passengers onto the pavement...
Security Council vote delayed as U.S. scrounges for votes (03/11/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- With a French veto now a certainty and other support still in question, the United States and Britain were forced Monday to delay a Security Council vote to set March 17 as the deadline for Iraq to disarm -- or face destruction. The United States had hoped to present the resolution to the council today. But despite an urgent phone campaign waged by President Bush, it was evident that America and its allies had not yet picked up the nine votes they needed for a majority...
Top U.N. inspector - Saddam needs attitude adjustment (03/11/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.N. nuclear chief warned in an interview published Monday that war is imminent if Saddam Hussein doesn't change his ways. Weapons inspectors announced Iraq has destroyed about half its banned Al Samoud 2 missiles. The United States and France led a flurry of lobbying Monday over a plan to give Saddam a deadline of March 17 to prove he has disarmed or face war. U.S. diplomats said they would push for a U.N. Security Council vote this week...
International war crimes tribunal indicts Sierra Leone rebel (03/11/03)
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- A former rebel leader whose followers were known for mutilating civilians was indicted Monday along with six others by Sierra Leone's war crimes tribunal. The indictments were the first handed down by the special court for human rights abuses during the 1991-2000 civil war in the West African country...
OPEC president - Output would boost to avoid wartime shortage (03/11/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC will ratchet up its oil production and possibly even suspend its current output quotas to keep the world supplied with ample supplies of crude in the event of a war with Iraq, the group's president said Monday. Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries can pump an additional 3-4 million barrels of oil a day, and they are prepared to exhaust this spare production capacity if a war seriously disrupts exports from the Persian Gulf, said OPEC President Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah.. ...
Four Algerians sentenced for French bomb plot (03/11/03)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Four Algerians, three of whom admitted training in Afghan terror camps, were convicted Monday of plotting to bomb a French Christmas market and sentenced to prison terms of between 10 and 12 years. The four were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiring to plant a bomb and of weapons violations, capping a trial that opened under intense scrutiny last year but never exposed the inner workings of al-Qaida in Europe as prosecutors had hoped...
Bouncers in Spain getting lessons in kindness, culture (03/11/03)
MADRID, Spain -- Spanish nightclub bouncers, often accused of being thugs or worse, are being offered courses in kindness. The curriculum includes customer service techniques, anger management and civil rights. Classes are to begin in a couple of months under a $1 million pilot program adopted by the Madrid regional government and an association of club owners...
Five Iraqi diplomats expelled from Romania (03/11/03)
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Five Iraqi diplomats were expelled from Romania over the weekend for "activities incompatible with their status," diplomatic jargon for spying. The Foreign Ministry announced the expulsions Monday but did not identify the diplomats. Spokesman Costin Dobran later said Iraq's ambassador to Romania, Majid Saad Hamid, was not among them...
Plans laid for defense against 'dirty bombs' (03/11/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- Scientists, police commanders and government officials from more than 100 countries are converging on Vienna for the world's first "dirty bomb" conference, searching for ways to head off the threat of simple weapons that spread radiation and chaos...
North Korea's test-firing of missile raises tensions (03/11/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- In an apparent attempt to push the United States into talks, North Korea test-fired a short-range missile Monday amid tension over its suspected efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Analysts said the widely anticipated launch from a base on North Korea's east coast fit a pattern of unusual military maneuvers in recent weeks that seemed designed to pressure Washington into dialogue...
Former ruling party claims gains in Mexican vote (03/11/03)
TOLUCA, Mexico -- Mexico's former ruling party bounced back from its first national election defeat in seven decades with a strong showing in the country's largest state ahead of historic mid-year congressional elections. With nearly all of the votes counted Monday, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, had outpaced President Vicente Fox's National Action Party in municipal and legislative elections in Mexico state, which nearly circles Mexico City...
Chirac says France is prepared to veto U.S.-backed resolution (03/11/03)
PARIS -- President Jacques Chirac said Monday that France was prepared to veto the U.S.-backed resolution on Iraq if necessary, joining Russia in saying it would vote against giving Saddam Hussein a March 17 deadline to disarm. "Our position is no matter what the circumstances, France will vote 'no.' Because we think tonight there is no cause for war to achieve the objective that we fixed -- the disarmament of Iraq," Chirac said in a televised interview...
Pakistani officials say net closing around bin Laden (03/11/03)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed Monday that a top al-Qaida suspect captured earlier this month met Osama bin Laden in December and has produced information that has helped authorities close in on the terrorist mastermind...
Palestinian parliament approves new position of prime minister (03/11/03)
The Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinian parliament approved the appointment of a prime minister Monday but vested the new position with only limited powers, making the reform fall short of U.S. and Israeli hopes of sidelining Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat...
Delta girls are a win shy of Columbia (03/11/03)
The Delta girls basketball team has won 26 games, swept the Scott-Mississippi Conference regular-season and tournament titles, won its own New Year's tournament, claimed its sixth straight district and is in the quarterfinal round for the third time in the past four seasons...
Hornets, Cubs reach last door to final four (03/11/03)
The Bess Activity Center on the campus of Three Rivers Community College was transformed into a sea of orange Wednesday night, when the Advance boys basketball team gave its fans plenty to cheer about in a sectional win. The Hornets and their band of orange-clad fans move on to the quarterfinals tonight, with an 8:15 matchup against Crocker at Park Hills Central High School...
Tonight's Class 1 sectional games (03/11/03)
Boys CLARKTON (26-1) VS. BELL CITY (24-5)
  • When,where: 6:30 p.m. at Sikeston High School. Players to watch: F Eric Henry (6-1, sr., 26 ppg, 12 rpg), PG Dominitrix Johnson (5-11, jr., 23 ppg, 8 apg, 7 rpg), G Kenyon Wright (6-1, sr., 13 ppg), Bell City; F David Mathies (6-4, sr., 21 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 5 apg), PG Andre Marsh (6-0, sr., 17 ppg, 6.8 apg, 7 rpg); C Michael Ray (6-5, jr., 10.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg), Clarkton...
  • Bell City prepares for sectional showdown with 26-1 Clarkton (03/11/03)
    After surviving a scare from Oran in the Class 1, District 2 finals, defending state champion Bell City will have to face the No. 3 team in the state today in Sikeston. But despite being ranked lower in the state polls, the No. 5 Cubs (24-5) will likely enter today's sectional game as favorites over Tri-County Conference champion Clarkton (26-1), who is riding a 23-game winning streak into sectional play...
    Redhawks' error-free day ends in victory (03/11/03)
    Late Thursday night, after nearly a full day of torrential rain, the chances of Southeast Missouri State playing baseball on Friday did not look good. But Capaha Field recovered from the deluge nicely -- and the Redhawks took advantage by putting together perhaps their best all-around performance this year...
    Knight tells Texas Tech he doesn't want salary (03/11/03)
    LUBBOCK, Texas -- Bob Knight told Texas Tech he wouldn't accept his $250,000 coaching salary this year because his team failed to live up to his expectations -- and so did he. "He has standards," Texas Tech men's basketball spokesman Randy Farley said Monday. "He just didn't meet his standards, and so he said, 'I don't think I should be paid for that."'...
    Georgia finds possible fraud; Harrick put on suspsension (03/11/03)
    ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia suspended coach Jim Harrick with pay and withdrew from the SEC and NCAA tournaments Monday after an internal investigation showed three players took a phony class taught by his son. Harrick's future is unclear while the school and NCAA look into allegations brought two weeks ago by a former player...
    Weather, accidents force cancellation (03/11/03)
    Indians to play Missouri today after canceling game with Middle Tennessee on Monday. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian The forecast for cold weather combined with the continued aftershock from a near-tragic weekend caused the postponement of Southeast Missouri State University's home baseball opener Monday against Middle Tennessee...
    Still got game (03/11/03)
    Touting a perfect record, a starting lineup of five former Southeast Missouri State basketball players and a scoring average of more than 70 points per game, the Bank of Missouri team appears well on its way to cruising unscathed to a Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation men's basketball league title...
    Catching is breeding ground for managers (03/11/03)
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Gary Carter wants to manage someday, and he almost got hired this winter -- by the New York Yankees' organization, no less. Carter said he came within "an eyelash" of the job at Triple-A Columbus, and it's no wonder he was considered. He's got Hall of Fame credentials and a winning personality, plus he's well positioned: When it comes to managers these days, plenty of former catchers are catching on...
    Creighton routs SIU in MVC championship (03/11/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- After surviving a pair of close games, Creighton won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament with ease. The Bluejays got 20 points from Larry House and took advantage of horrendous first-half shooting by top-seeded Southern Illinois to romp in the championship game with an 80-56 victory on Monday night...
    Worthy, Parrish lead Hall of Fame hopefuls (03/11/03)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- James Worthy and Robert Parish squared off in the classic Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals of the 1980s. Now they could enter the Basketball Hall of Fame side by side. Worthy and Parish were among 21 finalists announced Monday, the largest group ever by the North American screening committee, which considers the men's college and pro game. At least 18 votes from the 24-member honors committee are needed to be a finalist...
    Hoch finds it worth wait, wins playoff (03/11/03)
    MIAMI -- One clutch putt made Scott Hoch look smart for waiting overnight to continue his playoff. Three great shots that followed made him a winner Monday in the Ford Championship at Doral, a tournament that might be remembered more for how it was stopped than the way it finally ended...
    Ankiel perfect but Cards not in 9-1 loss (03/11/03)
    JUPITER, Fla. -- Rick Ankiel pitched another perfect inning for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in a 9-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The 23-year-old left-hander, trying to rebound from wildness and an arm injury, entering in the sixth inning. He threw 15 pitches, throwing a called third strike past Vinny Castilla, getting Wilson Betemit to strike out swinging and retiring Nick Green on a flyout...
    Jordan rips teammates' poor effort (03/11/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan is upset with his teammates. Twice in three days, he's accused them of not making the extra effort to get him to the playoffs one last time. It's an amazing accusation. Surely these guys would jump through fire to see one of the all-time greats go out on top...
    Pujols agrees to one-year contract (03/11/03)
    St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Albert Pujols agreed Monday to a $900,000, one-year contract. The deal for the 2001 NL Rookie of the Year is the highest one-year contract for a major league player with less than three years of major league service who was not eligible for salary arbitration...
    Fanfare 3/11 (03/11/03)
    Briefly College
  • Ricky Stokes was fired as Virginia Tech's men's basketball coach Monday, two days after the Hokies failed to qualify for the Big East Conference tournament for the third straight year. The school called a news conference to announce that Stokes was being released from his contract and that the final year of the deal would be bought out. ...
  • Rock Hall of Fame inducts Clash, Police, Elvis Costello (03/11/03)
    NEW YORK -- The Clash, the Police, and Elvis Costello & the Attractions -- three bands born of the fertile British punk movement of the late 1970s -- got their due Monday from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The thunderous roar of AC/DC and the blue-eyed soul of the Righteous Brothers also were being inducted at the annual ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel...
    Wilma Gregory (03/11/03)
    Wilma L. Gregory, 67, of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, March 10, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born May 19, 1935, at Clarks-ville, Ark., to Delmar B. Russell and Floy Pearson Russell. She was married to Glen E. Gregory on Feb. 2, 1955, at Hernando, Miss...
    Peggy Kirk (03/11/03)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Peggy June Kirk, 72, of Advance died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 30, 1930, at McGee, Mo., the daughter of the Hugh and Lucy Brisco McGee. She was a homemaker and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses of Advance...
    Chris Cloninger (03/11/03)
    DEXTER, Mo. -- The funeral for Chris Cloninger of Dexter was held Monday at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter. The Rev. Richard O'Neal officiated. Burial was in Hill Cemetery near Bloomfield, Mo. Cloninger, 24, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Dexter...
    Bobby Gene Brotherton (03/11/03)
    MARBLEHILL, Mo. Bobby Gene Brotherton, 68, of Marble Hill, died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 28, 1935, in Stoddard County, Mo., to Abraham and Willie E. Henson Brotherton. He married Louise Wilma Barks on Nov. 14, 1996...
    Dorothy Harrison (03/11/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Dorothy Harrison, 80, of Sikeston died Monday, March 10, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Jan. 25, 1923, at Cooter, Mo., daughter of Willie T. and Lillie Mae Dean Oakley. She and Gail D. Harrison were married Oct. 12, 1940, in West Memphis, Ark. He died June 14, 1998...
    Trula Mouser (03/11/03)
    GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Trula Mouser, 99, of Alton, Ill., died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at VIP Manor Nursing Home in Wood River, Ill. She was born Nov. 27, 1903, at Glenallen, daughter of John and Susie Newell Rea. She and Clarence Mouser were married April 20, 1924. He died Jan. 21, 1985...
    Rhonda Brandon (03/11/03)
    Rhonda Y. Brandon, 40, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 10, 1962, in Greenville, Mo., the daughter of Darrell G. and Karolyn C. Shively Brandon. She graduated from Nevada High School in Nevada, Mo., in 1980, and from Southeast Missouri State University in 1995 with a B.S. ...
    Hugh Miller (03/11/03)
    Hugh "Sonny" Miller, 72, of Bethalto, Ill., died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at a sister's residence in Jackson. He was born Feb. 4, 1931, in Glenallen, Mo., the son of James and Nora Gromer Miller. He married Shelby Jean Choate in 1969, at Marble Hill, Mo. She preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 1989...
    Births 3/11/03 (03/11/03)
    Tihen Daughter to Shawn and Mindy Tihen of St. Peters, Mo., Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, 7:31 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003. Name, Hailey Anne. Weight, 7 pounds 5 ounces. Second child. Mrs. Tihen is the former Mindy Peters, daughter of Ken and Mary Peters of Jackson. She is an accounting manager. Tihen is the son of George and Yvonne Tihen of St. Charles, Mo. He is a sales director...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 3/11/03 (03/11/03)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, March 11 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Kenneth J. Nicholson Sr., 36, of 1408 College, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to return to confinement...
    Cape fire report 3/11/03 (03/11/03)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, March 11 Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 6:39 p.m., emergency medical service at 2719 Stephen. At 7:46 p.m., fire alarm at 308 Siemers. At 8:23 p.m., odor investigation at 2726 Plymouth. At 10:55 p.m., emergency medical service at 3109 Westfield...
    Out of the past 3/11/03 (03/11/03)
    10 years ago: March 11, 1993 Despite last year's failure of First Exchange Bank, banks in Cape Girardeau area as a group are healthy when compared to others in region and nation, says Dennis Blase, supervisory officer with Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Blase was in city yesterday to discuss local banking conditions at economic forum hosted by the bank...
    River Campus ready to go despite lawsuits (03/11/03)
    P In less than five years, the idea for a special arts campus overlooking the Mississippi has gone from dream to ready for preliminary construction. Funding issues remain to be resolved. In some ways, the beginning of the River Campus project in Cape Girardeau seems like such a long time ago. In reality, the idea was born less than five years ago. Since then, a great deal has happened, but construction has yet to start...
    Talented leaders make Jackson great place to live (03/11/03)
    To the editor: Your great article concerning the Jackson hiking-biking trail brought welcome and much earned credit to two talented Jackson city employees, engineer Dan Triller and public works coordinator Rodney Bollinger, whose dedication and tireless efforts helped make this proposed trail possible...
    Story on mixing teens and alcohol was well-written (03/11/03)
    To the editor: In response to the article "After the fire: Mixing teens, alcohol": I want you to know that I found this article to be very informative and well-written. Keep up the good work. GILBERT KOHLER Cape Girardeau
    Proposed TIF doesn't comply with guidelines (03/11/03)
    To the editor: According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, a TIF project must be in a state enterprise zone, federal empowerment zone, urban core area or central business district. The area must be "blighted" and have a reduced level of population or real property value. The proposed project here has had multimillion-dollar homes built during the past several years across the street. Only in someone's wildest dreams would this area qualify as blighted...
    Speak Out 03/11/03 (03/11/03)
    Professionals only WHY WOULD you want to arm airline pilots, but professionally trained police officers are not allowed to carry firearms on the planes? Leave the guns to the professional law enforcement officers. Follow the law LOCAL BUSINESSES complain that it's not fair to penalize them more for selling alcohol to a minor than what the minor usually gets charged with. ...
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