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Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (05/05/03)
Monday, May 5 7 p.m. City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings
  • A public hearing regarding the request of Agan Alkan to rezone 2605-2607 Themis Street from R-3, two-family residential district, to C-2, general commercial district. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended a special-use permit...
  • Second Baptist dedicates new building (05/05/03)
    It took faith, dedication and commitment to keep Second Baptist Church going for more than 130 years. And it is faith that will lead Second Missionary Baptist Church into the future, its members say. Members of the second-oldest black church in Cape Girardeau celebrated the completion of its new building at 285 Beaudean on Sunday with a dedication service...
    Several injured in Saturday accidents (05/05/03)
    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- An Arkansas man was killed and several other people injured in a multivehicle accident Saturday afternoon north of Poplar Bluff. David Pierce, 46, of McDougal, Ark., was thrown from the motorcycle he was driving just after 3 p.m. Saturday on Route T in Butler County. He was taken by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center where he later died...
    Several area roads flood during Sunday downpour (05/05/03)
    Several county roads and major intersections throughout Southeast Missouri were flooded when heavy rains fell around 9 p.m. Sunday night. A severe thunderstorm dropped .83 inches of rain on the region in under an hour, according to the National Weather Service's Web site...
    Church formed out of First Baptist (05/05/03)
    Second Missionary Baptist Church actually formed out of the congregation of First Baptist Church, which organized in 1834. Many of the servants or slaves who had been meeting at First Baptist Church formed their own congregation. They gathered in homes for about eight or nine years after the Civil War...
    Community Q&A 05/05/03 (05/05/03)
  • Name: Ken Lipps Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Wife Jennifer and four grown children. Job: Director of volunteer services, public relations, fund raising at Missouri Veterans Home, Cape Girardeau...
  • Military digest 05/05/03 (05/05/03)
    Submitted photo Heartland Care and Rehab Center resident William Scott received military honors for his service in World War II from Capt. Craig Gatzemeyer and Sgt. Daniel Heberlie of the 1140th Division of the Missouri Army National Guard recently.Residents at rehab center receive honors...
    Woodmen give nearly $200,000 to area in '02 (05/05/03)
    Residents and organizations in Southeast Missouri received $199,325 in fraternal assistance from Modern Woodmen of America in 2002. Through various volunteer programs, camp and youth members conduct service projects to meet the needs of their communities...
    Community briefs 05/05/03 (05/05/03)
    Cape County chapter of AARP to meet today The Cape Girardeau County chapter of AARP 4041 will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, Broadway and Caruthers, Cape Girardeau. The program will be "A Word From Our U.S. Representative" by JoAnn Emerson or a staff member. There will be a drawing for a door prize and refreshments...
    Number of area noise calls rising with good weather (05/05/03)
    As the weather gets warmer, Cape Girardeau gets louder. That's the consensus among police and residents who point out that the number of noise violations is on the rise with the temperatures. The problem is being taken so seriously by police that chief Steve Strong recently addressed the city council about his concerns, telling them 27 tickets were issued for noise violations in the previous three weeks...
    Jackson banks boom in past 12 years (05/05/03)
    Driving down East Jackson Boulevard, the drive-through possibilities are numerous. Taco Bell, McDonald's, Burger King ... and Union Planters, Commerce, First National. In Jackson, the banking business has been super-sized since the early 1990s. Today, there are more banks, 10, than fast-food franchises, nine (and that includes a drive-through-only Dairy Queen)...
    'Site Works - Dance on Tour' to be presented this week (05/05/03)
    Most dance performances occur indoors on a stage with lighting and often with recorded music, providing the dancers with a controlled environment to express themselves in. In "Site Works: Dance on Tour," dancers from Southeast Missouri State University will perform at five different locations in four days this week. Three of the sites are outdoors, and the dance surface will vary in every case. They will dance on floors, grass and, at Riverfront Park east of the flood wall, cobblestones...
    Missouri looks to relax sentencing laws (05/05/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Meet Tony Meyer, a 30-year-old white man serving a 10-year prison sentence for making and selling drugs. Growing up in rural west-central Missouri, Meyer started smoking marijuana at age 14. He dropped out of school two years later while still in eighth grade. And he began using cocaine and speed when he started driving to weekend parties in Sedalia, the biggest city around...
    KC metro area hit by four tornadoes (05/05/03)
    RIVERSIDE, Mo. -- A powerful tornado that stayed on the ground for at least 2 1/2 hours hit the Kansas City area Sunday afternoon, killing at least one person and injuring an unknown number. The victim's name and other details were not immediately available...
    New director faces challenges at Illinois DCFS (05/05/03)
    CHICAGO -- The man picked to lead the state's Department of Children and Family Services is taking a big job at a tough time, and many child welfare advocates who don't even know him are jumping to offer suggestions. Provide more mental and physical health services for children in the agency's care. Improve educational services. Hire additional case workers...
    Illinois county defends use of stun belts (05/05/03)
    MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A belt is a required part of the wardrobe for defendants at almost all criminal trials in Jackson County. But not just any belt, a stun belt designed to deliver thousands of volts of electricity that can drop people to their knees...
    Notoriety as JFK mimic still follows Vaughn Meader (05/05/03)
    GULFPORT, Fla. -- Like most Americans who were alive at the time, Vaughn Meader remembers exactly where he was when he heard President John F. Kennedy was killed. Meader, who got rich quick impersonating the president on a wildly successful comedy record album, was climbing into a cab in Milwaukee, Wis., to go do his Kennedy spoof at a Democratic Party event on Nov. 22, 1963...
    State offers cosmetology license test in Spanish (05/05/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Leticia Spehr easily recalls the frustrations she endured after arriving in the United States from her native Mexico and trying to earn her Missouri cosmetology license. "It was very difficult to understand," Spehr said of the test she took 18 years ago. "I felt like I was going to be a doctor to learn all these technical terms in English."...
    University staff misclassified as exempt from overtime (05/05/03)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri system is reviewing its overtime policy after a state audit suggested that some employees were mistakenly classified as exempt from mandatory overtime pay. Overtime-exempt employees, who often work in management, get flat salaries. Federal law requires that nonexempt employees, who usually work in lower-level positions, are to receive overtime pay after 40 hours per week...
    As of today, smoking is banned in Boston bars, restaurants (05/05/03)
    BOSTON -- Ben Davis is bemoaning the loss of his favorite lunchtime activity, sitting down at Coogan's in downtown Boston for a martini and a cigarette. "I probably won't be coming back here, and not just because I'm retiring," the 67-year-old stockbroker said as he sat in the bar last week...
    Tacoma Police Department ignored rumors of chief's violence (05/05/03)
    TACOMA, Wash. -- Rumors of violence had haunted police chief David Brame's career, but the department and city officials stood by him and he rose through the ranks. By the time Brame shattered the silence with two quick shots from his service weapon, it was too late for anyone to hear the cries for help...
    Community gathers for memorial honoring Laci Peterson, child (05/05/03)
    MODESTO, Calif. -- Thousands of people packed a church Sunday to remember Laci Peterson on what would have been her 28th birthday, nearly three weeks after her body washed ashore along with the remains of her unborn son. Many mourners who had never met the young woman filled the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Modesto for a nationally televised service that reflected the extraordinary way in which Peterson's story has touched so many Americans...
    Study - Obesity increases risk of babies with birth defects (05/05/03)
    CHICAGO -- Obese and overweight women face significantly increased risks of having babies with heart abnormalities and other birth defects, according to a government study. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said their study also confirmed an already reported link between pre-pregnancy obesity and neural tube birth defects including spina bifida...
    Scientists develop peanut butter to fight childhood blindness (05/05/03)
    ALBANY, Ga. -- Like many Filipinos, Anna Resurreccion grew up eating peanut butter, an inexpensive food in a poor country where more than a third of children have vitamin A deficiency, a major cause of childhood blindness. Decades later, she and other University of Georgia food scientists have found a way to fortify peanut butter with vitamin A without hurting the taste. ...
    Student pulled from dorm fire had apparent stab wounds (05/05/03)
    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A student pulled from a dormitory fire early Sunday had what appeared to be stab wounds, and arson investigators were trying to determine if the blaze was set, the state fire marshal's office said. "Apparently this is a crime scene," said Ken Meredith, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office. "There is a young woman suffering from stab wounds, and it appears that the fire was set deliberately."...
    Nation briefs 05/05/03 (05/05/03)
    Judge awards $1 to student in prayer case HOUSTON -- A federal judge has awarded $1 in damages to a former high-school student who secured a restraining order allowing her to pray over a public address system before her school's 1999 home football games...
    Women largely confined to traditional 'pink collar' jobs (05/05/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Women are more educated and employed at higher levels than ever before but remain largely confined to traditional "pink-collar" jobs, a study by the American Association of University Women finds. The highest proportions of college-educated working women are in teaching and nursing. For college-educated men, neither occupation appears on their list of the 10 most common...
    Rescuers amazed by will of rock climber who cut off arm to live (05/05/03)
    GREEN RIVER, Utah -- It came, like it sometimes does -- the call about an overdue climber. Sgt. Mitch Vetere had gotten used to the news. Usually it meant tracking down someone who had gotten lost. Occasionally, a fall led to broken bones or even death...
    Six weeks inside Iraq yields none of the suspected weapons (05/05/03)
    WASHINGTON -- In the American hunt for Iraq's banned weapons, drums of suspicious chemicals turn out to be crop pesticide; a cache of white powder is found to be explosives. More than six weeks into the Iraq campaign, there has been a string of false alarms but no discovery of what the Bush administration said was its main justification for going to war -- chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs...
    Brokerage stocks are now some of higher-risk investments (05/05/03)
    NEW YORK -- When Wall Street's biggest brokerage firms settled charges this past week that they issued biased research, their own stocks suddenly became higher-risk bets. Analysts say investors are concerned that the brokerages, which include Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, will face a possible deluge of investor lawsuits at the same time they're being forced to change the way they do business -- both of which could hurt their profits...
    Settlement the first step toward reform (05/05/03)
    NEW YORK -- Winning back the trust of investors will require more than education classes and warning labels on stock-research reports. Those are among the many mandates detailed Monday in the $1.4 billion settlement between regulators and investment firms accused of conflicts of interest in their company research...
    Surcharge reduces traffic in crowded center of London (05/05/03)
    Supporters and opponents agree London's ambitious traffic charge is working -- for now By Jill Lawless The Associated Press LONDON -- Nearly three months after the city started charging motorists to drive into the center of London, traffic jams have shrunk, taxis are unusually abundant and red double-decker buses zip along at 7.5 mph...
    World briefs 05/05/03 (05/05/03)
    Four bombs explode in southern Turkish city ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Four bombs exploded in the southern Turkish city of Adana late Sunday, shattering the windows of several shops and homes. Police said no one was injured. One of the bombs went off on a street behind the U.S. Consulate, but authorities do not believe the Consulate was the target...
    Paris theater director attacked after play critical of Bush (05/05/03)
    PARIS -- Two men attacked the director of a Paris theater Sunday, punching him and slashing his face, apparently because of a play he is staging that criticizes President Bush, the theater said. Attilio Maggiulli, director of the Theater of Italian Comedy, was attacked in the building's entrance on Sunday, said Claudine Simon, his assistant. One man held him down, while another cut his face. They also splashed paint on the theater's walls, she said...
    Singapore to ink landmark free trade pact with U.S. (05/05/03)
    PThe pact is the first of its kind between the United States and an Asian country. By Alexa Olesen ~ The Associated Press SINGAPORE -- Singapore's prime minister left Sunday for Washington to sign a free trade agreement -- the first such pact between the United States and an Asian country...
    Soldiers search Iraqi oil refinery complex buried in mountains (05/05/03)
    BAIJI, Iraq -- U.S. soldiers emerged into sunlight after exploring one of Saddam Hussein's most elaborate tunnel complexes Sunday, bewildered by a single question: Why did the Iraqi leader build an entire oil refinery inside a mountain? Blueprints scattered on the floor of a dusty office in the complex indicate construction started in December 1980, three months after the start of the Iraq-Iran war. ...
    Russian men relieved to safely return to Earth (05/05/03)
    ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- A Russian capsule safely returned two astronauts and a cosmonaut from the international space station on Sunday, but the landing, nearly 300 miles off target, triggered a nerve-racking two-hour search in the steppes of central Asia...
    Pope canonizes five new saints before crowd of 1 million (05/05/03)
    MADRID, Spain -- Showing unusual energy, Pope John Paul II proclaimed five new saints Sunday before a crowd of 1 million people as he urged Spaniards to remain faithful to the Roman Catholic Church. Facing the vast crowd spread out in the form of a cross, John Paul spoke in a strong and clear voice in the major event of his weekend visit to Spain...
    New 'road map' offers glimmer of hope for Mideast (05/05/03)
    JERUSALEM -- The "road map" that the world has unfolded for Israel and the Palestinians is the latest in a long line of grand designs for the Middle East. Despite enormous hurdles and a dismal record of past peace efforts, some see opportunity this time around...
    Iraqis uncover graves of civilians (05/05/03)
    KHAN AL-RUBEA, Iraq -- Haidar Mohammed al-Atwan was 29 years old when he was blindfolded, tied up and shot in the back of the head following a failed Shiite uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991. Sabah Amir Mohammed al-Tamimi was 19. So was Amna Ali...
    Iraqis scramble to fill power vacuums (05/05/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The man who considers himself Iraq's finance minister holds forth from an unlighted office on Massbah Street, amid workers with no work to do, proving again that nature abhors a vacuum -- especially human nature, and especially a vacuum with power and money attached...
    Deadline is today for Eustachy to make an appeal to keep job (05/05/03)
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Larry Eustachy saga at Iowa State could be just about over. Then again, it might drag on for weeks. Eustachy has until the close of business today to formally appeal a recommendation that he be fired as the Cyclones' basketball coach...
    Hopkins, Stuckey help trigger sweep of UTM (05/05/03)
    MARTIN, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team concluded a power-packed weekend Sunday by posting its third consecutive rout of host Tennessee-Martin. Brian Hopkins and Denver Stuckey both had monster games to lead the Indians to a 20-5 victory and a sweep of the three-game series...
    Firing leaves Alabama desperate for stability (05/05/03)
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The post-Bear Bryant history at Alabama includes three losing seasons, two major scandals and only one national title. The firing of Mike Price on Saturday for his off-field conduct left the school searching for its seventh coach since Bryant retired in 1982...
    Morris drives streak to three at ATPR (05/05/03)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Joe Morris of Galatia, Ill., is on a roll in the late model class at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark. Morris won his third straight feature race in the division late Saturday to stretch his lead in the point standings. Jimmy Burwell of Mt. Vernon, Ill., was second. Third was Brian Maynard of Benton, Ky...
    Duncan awarded second straight MVP title (05/05/03)
    SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan has trouble thinking of himself as an individual on the basketball court. Apparently, the voters for the NBA's MVP award don't. The 7-foot San Antonio Spurs forward edged the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett to win that honor for the second straight season Sunday...
    Flesch a first-time winner after playoff (05/05/03)
    NEW ORLEANS -- Steve Flesch made a 35-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the HP Classic of New Orleans for his first career victory. Flesch, who began the day seven shots behind leader Scott Verplank, shot a final-round 65 to finish tied with Bob Estes at 21-under 267...
    Cardinals put bullpen woes behind for sweep (05/05/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' weak link, a beleaguered bullpen, was kept out of the mix during a perfect 6-0 home stand. The NL Central leaders parlayed the usual combination of stingy pitching and explosive offense in a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Expos on Sunday, getting a six-hitter by Matt Morris and a two-run home run by Scott Rolen. The Cardinals outscored the Expos and Mets 49-16, and the starters posted a 2.06 ERA...
    Reaction is a sign of our own two faces (05/05/03)
    By Dan LeBetard ~ Miami Herald How much shame is enough? It isn't enough that one wife must pick up the newspaper and see pictures of her drunk husband kissing college girls. It isn't enough that another wife must read about her husband punctuating a strip club visit with a mystery woman ordering $1,000 of room service the next morning to his room (one of everything, boxed to go)...
    Iowa St. pushes Eustachy closer to the nearest exit (05/05/03)
    Larry Eustachy has until today to formally contest the move for his dismissal from athletic director Bruce Van De Velde. The move, if there is one by Eustachy, would come exactly one week after the Des Moines Register published the infamous photos of his party in Columbia, Mo...
    FanFare 5/5/03 (05/05/03)
    Briefly Baseball
  • Darren Baker, the 4-year-old son of Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker, sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Sunday's game against Colorado, drawing loud cheers from a standing crowd. ...
  • Tax cuts are best medicine for U.S. economy (05/05/03)
    For the unemployed these days, scanning the Help Wanted section must be akin to reading the book of Revelation. You know things are going to get better, but you have to endure some pretty scary parts until they do. It's never good to be unemployed, but these are especially scary times...
    Mutants rule theaters as 'X-men' sequel debuts with $85 million (05/05/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- The mutants of "X-Men" are stronger than ever, showing even more box office power than in their first outing. The superhero sequel "X2: X-Men United" debuted with $85.85 million domestically, the fourth-best opening-weekend gross ever and a 58 percent increase over the $54.5 million first weekend of the original "X-Men" three years ago...
    Successes spark boom of superhero movies (05/05/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Look! Up on the screen! It's ... a superhero! A surplus of superheroes, to be more precise. Along with the new sequel "X2: X-Men United," other comic book-inspired films this year include the already released "Daredevil" and "Bulletproof Monk" and upcoming adaptations of "The Hulk" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."...
    Investors seeking to start television network for U.S. Muslims (05/05/03)
    NEW YORK -- A group of investors said Friday they want to start a television network aimed at the interests of an estimated eight million Muslims living in the United States. The network, to be called Bridges TV, would begin in summer 2004. Omar Amanat, founder of the Internet brokerage firm Tradescape Corp., leads the group. Bridges TV says it has $1 million and is seeking 10,000 Muslim-Americans to pledge $10 a month for the service to convince cable and satellite operators of a demand...
    People on the move 05/03/03 (05/05/03)
    Suedekum named VP at 1st Community Bank Roger Suedekum has been appointed to the position of vice president-real estate loan specialist for 1st Community Bank, which was effective May 1. Suedekum has more than 30 years of experience in real estate lending in the Cape Girardeau area as the former real estate lender for Union Planters Bank...
    Business memo 05/05/3 (05/05/03)
    Cape Career Center to hold open house The Cape Girardeau Career Center at 760 S. Kingshighway is inviting the public to its open house from 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 13. Refreshments and door prizes will be offered. The public will learn about the center's new Web site -- greathires.org. Information will be available on business resources, local training services, tax credit information, labor market data by industry and county and how to advertise job openings at no cost to the business...
    Some dot-com survivors regain luster to investors (05/05/03)
    SAN FRANCISCO -- After years of ridicule and ruin, Internet stocks are recapturing their charm and seducing investors again. The handsome stock market gains posted so far this year by eBay Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and other Internet companies have sparked a debate over whether the surge heralds a dot-com comeback or another investment bubble...
    Analysts - Credit card settlement should help consumers (05/05/03)
    NEW YORK -- Visa and MasterCard's multibillion-dollar settlements with thousands of U.S. retailers should mean lower prices for consumers because it will cost stores less to process their debit cards, experts say. A key element of the deals -- struck this week just before the retailers' huge antitrust suit was to go to trial -- calls for Visa and MasterCard to lower the debit-card transaction fees they charge stores by roughly one-third to one-half, beginning Aug. 1...
    Cape Girardeau man keeps hundreds of pianos in tune (05/05/03)
    Maybe you'll find yourself listening to "Ave Maria" by Bach or "Rustle of Spring" by Sindig. You might even hear some ragtime, like "The Entertainer" or "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin. But if you have Van Robinson tune your piano, he will show you how good it can sound...
    Renada White (05/05/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Renada White, 94, of Chaffee, formerly of St. Louis, died Sunday, May 4, 2003, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Arrangement are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
    Geraldine Detring (05/05/03)
    FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Geraldine "Jeri" Detring, 73, of Farmington, Mo., died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington. She was born April 6, 1930, at Flat River, Mo., daughter of Lewis Cole and Anna Belle Meredith Shannon. She and Walter Charles Detring were married May 25, 1948, at Farmington...
    Dr. Steven Roth (05/05/03)
    Dr. Steven Frederic Roth, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 2, 2003, at his home. He was born Jan. 18, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond T. and Opal Sample Roth. He was a 1965 graduate of Illmo-Fornfelt-Ancell High School and of Southeast Missouri State University. He was a 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry...
    Betty Ann Nelson (05/05/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Elizabeth Ann "Betty Ann" Crouthers Nelson, 72, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born June 22, 1930, in Lilbourn, Mo., daughter of the late Pearl James and Ethel Campbell Stearns, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston...
    Cape/Jackson fire reports 5/5/03 (05/05/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, May 5 Firefighters responded to the following items Saturday: At 5:58 p.m., a medical assist at 1411 Themis. At 7:32 p.m., an alarm sounding at 717 N. Sprigg St. At 8:32 p.m., a medical assist at 616 Koch. At 11:32 p.m., a medical assist at 308 W. Lorimier,Apt. 101...
    Cape police report 5/5/03 (05/05/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, May 5 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Ann Marie Jordan of 921 Hackberry, Apt. 210, CapeGirardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Out of the past 5/5/03 (05/05/03)
    10 years ago: May 5, 1993 Written remarks in Regional Commerce and Growth Association executive director's report suggest that "powerful and vindictive" forces are trying to keep Scott City from participating in industrial recruitment group have drawn fire from several members; "I think it's a classic case of paranoia," says Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Gene Huckstep in response to remarks written by RCGA executive director Walt Wildman...
    The age of unreasonable expectations (05/05/03)
    KENNETT, Mo. -- Perhaps it's due to our remarkable heritage from immigrants seeking new lives in an uncharted land, or the modern fast-food industries that promise to meet our hunger demands in mere seconds, or perhaps it can be traced to an affluent age in which virtually every item and commodity can be purchased just by walking into a store and flashing a small piece of plastic that is guaranteed to deliver our wish in less time than we spend in preparing ready-to-heat meals...
    Jackson plan will help students get jobs (05/05/03)
    Jackson High School officials recently unveiled a program that will help students who need it most. There are many teenagers with good attitudes, good attendance and good work ethics, but they suffer from disabilities that keep them from writing resumes and having strong job interviews...
    Gordonville classes are being juggled (05/05/03)
    It came as a shock to many parents with children in the Gordonville Attendance Center: The school's three classrooms will be reduced to two next year as a result of declining enrollment. As it stands, Gordonville children only attend grades 1 through 3 there. ...
    Speak Out A 05/05/03 (05/05/03)
    Church family I AM sorry for all you so-called Christians saying hateful things to those people who have been hurt by churches. I recently was invited to church. The person who invited me said half the members were going to hell. Where does he get off judging people like that? It is called a church family, and you need to be there for your fellow man and not just two hours a week. ...
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