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Stories from Thursday, May 15, 2003

Planning and zoning rejects rezoning request (05/15/03)
Cape Girardeau's Planning and Zoning Commission turned down the request of a developer to rezone property at 1629 Kingsway Drive after neighbors objected at Wednesday night's meeting at city hall. Rhodes Real Estate Partners had requested the rezoning of the tract of land which has a dilapidated home on it. ...
Floodway bridge claims life of Tennessee resident (05/15/03)
KENNETT, Mo. -- One person was killed and two others seriously injured in a four-vehicle crash on the Floodway bridges on U.S. 412, three miles east of Kennett, at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Jessie M. Pearson, 53, of Springville, Tenn., was pronounced dead at the scene by Dunklin County Coroner Jack Adkins...
More space is needed for court, judge claims (05/15/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- With file boxes lining the hall leaving only a narrow walkway between them, associate court staff and officials are looking to the Scott County Commission for some additional storage. Associate Circuit Court Judge David Mann met with Scott County commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday...
St. Jude Dream House early bird drawing held Friday (05/15/03)
A year's worth of free groceries from Country Mart will be given away at the early bird drawing broadcast on the KFVS-12 evening news Friday. Individuals who purchased tickets by May 1 are eligible to enter the drawing. The 2,400-square-foot, two-story house, valued at $275,000, has the potential to raise $500,000 for research at St. ...
Blood drives planned (05/15/03)
With an increase in accidents both on the road and in the water, summer safety is a top priority -- so is maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply. The Red Cross is preparing for a challenging summer, as blood and platelet donations traditionally decline during this time of year...
Community digest 5/15/03 (05/15/03)
Jackson FBLA Blimpie Nights set for next week The Jackson Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will be serving customers at Blimpie in Jackson on Monday and Wednesday. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jackson chapter to help offset the $12,000 cost to represent Missouri at the National Leadership Conference this summer in Dallas, Texas. FBLA asks all members of the community to stop by Blimpie in Jackson and help send members to Dallas...
Redistricting plan changes boundaries for Cape voters (05/15/03)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission has reworked voting district boundaries to compensate for the rapid growth in the county outside of Cape Girardeau. Residents of the 17th Precinct in Cape Girardeau -- the far west side of the city, south of Kingshighway and north of Bloomfield -- are now included in District 2 instead of District 1, meaning all of Cape Girardeau will be included in one district and the rest of the county will be in the other...
Cape schools' 64 days of summer (05/15/03)
When Mary Obergoenner signed her eighth-grade son up for summer camp nine months ago, she had no idea that it would interfere with his attendance at Central Junior High. "This summer is so short we probably won't even have time for a family vacation," Obergoenner said...
FEMA tells victims of tornado to get grants (05/15/03)
Hesitating to ask for help could mean losing out on free financial assistance from the government for those victimized by the tornado that tore through Jackson May 6. Many residents have already hired contractors to start repairs on their homes and businesses, but they should first consider making a 25-minute phone call to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency because they may be eligible for up to $25,000 in grant money, spokesman Ken Higginbotham said...
May sales tax check down for Cape, up for Jackson (05/15/03)
Cape Girardeau pocketed $58,000 less from its May sales tax check this year than it did a year ago while the city of Jackson showed a revenue gain. Cape Girardeau County saw a slight drop in revenue in its May check, which reflects sales made in March...
Total lunar eclipse visible 'just about anywhere' (05/15/03)
If the clouds clear, Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois will have a rare chance to see a total lunar eclipse tonight. The eclipse will be the first visible in the United States in three years. It will appear in North America late today and then be seen before dawn Friday in western Europe and southern Africa...
Jerome Zimmer, local radio pioneer, dead at 81 (05/15/03)
Jerome Zimmer, a well-respected local radio pioneer who started one of the nation's first country stations in Cape Girardeau before creating stations that now run across the dial, died Tuesday. He was 81. Zimmer was the founder of Zimmer Broadcasting, which today includes 32 stations in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, including five in Cape Girardeau...
Gun lawsuit ban clears legislature (05/15/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House of Representatives took final legislative action aimed at stopping St. Louis city's lawsuit against the firearms industry over the social costs of gun violence. The House sent the bill to Gov. Bob Holden on a 113-37 vote. The Senate approved the measure 24-9 in February...
Jackson Senior Center honors volunteers (05/15/03)
A good time was had by all at the annual party for volunteers held at Delmonico's recently. Our volunteers, very important to our center, not only cut costs but create an atmosphere of helping others. Volunteers are welcome to participate and help the center grow with the community...
Officer's son pleads guilty in friends' deaths (05/15/03)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- The son of a St. Louis County police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of two friends. Brandon Ostendorf, 20, was behind the wheel of a car that crashed in July 2002, killing two of his friends...
Mayor accused of using gun to threaten residents (05/15/03)
CREIGHTON, Mo. -- The mayor of Creighton in west-central Missouri will face a court date next month on charges he threatened two residents with a handgun. Robert Schur, 65, has been charged with two counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon following an alleged incident last month in Creighton, about 50 miles south of Kansas City...
Man charged with stealing from storm-damaged home (05/15/03)
CAMDENTON, Mo. -- A Lake Ozark man has been charged with stealing from a tornado-damaged residence, the Camden County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. Leslie J. Duecaster Jr., 26, was charged with burglary and stealing. Duecaster was arrested Tuesday in connection with thefts from a home south of Camdenton...
House fire claims life of 2-year-old Springfield boy (05/15/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A 2-year-old boy was killed in a house fire police believe was started by another child playing with a lighter. Brandon Clayton apparently died of smoke inhalation and burns when he became trapped in an upstairs bedroom, according to the Greene County medical examiner's office. An autopsy was planned...
Missouri lawmakers approve earlier Sunday alcohol sales (05/15/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri shoppers could buy a cold beer or a hard drink before mid-morning Sunday church services under a bill given final approval Wednesday by the Missouri Legislature. The bill, which now goes to Gov. Bob Holden, would allow alcohol sales as early as 9 a.m. -- instead of the current 11 a.m. -- at Missouri retail stores, restaurants and some amusement venues, such as golf courses and pool halls...
Rap star and sister launch bone marrow campaign (05/15/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Grammy-winning rapper Nelly and his sister, Jackie Donahue, announced a national campaign Wednesday from their hometown to step up the fight against leukemia. Donahue suffers from the disease, a cancer of the blood cells, and needs a bone marrow transplant...
Noranda bill sent to governor's desk (05/15/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Noranda Aluminum Inc. would be able to negotiate power contracts free of state rate regulation under legislation sent to the governor on Wednesday. The company said the bill is vital to maintaining operation of its New Madrid smelting facility and preserving the 1,100 jobs it provides...
Bush meets with S. Korean leader (05/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and newly elected South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun agreed Wednesday that the Korean Peninsula should be nuclear-weapons free and that the current standoff with North Korea should be resolved through peaceful means. "We're making good progress toward achieving that peaceful resolution ... in regard to North Korea," Bush said in a Rose Garden statement with Roh by his side...
Scientist proposes Manhattan Project to reach core (05/15/03)
Actress Hilary Swank isn't the only one who wants to ride a terra-ship to Earth's molten center. On the heels of Swank's Hollywood thriller, "The Core," a California researcher is proposing to send a probe that would surf a wave of molten iron on a weeklong journey to the center of the Earth...
Banker jumps into Illinois race (05/15/03)
CHICAGO -- One Ryan is skipping the U.S. Senate race, and another is jumping in. Investment banker-turned-teacher Jack Ryan announced Wednesday that he will run next year for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald, making him the first Republican to formally enter the race. Several Democrats have announced their intention to run for Fitzgerald's seat. Former state Attorney General Jim Ryan said a day earlier that he would not run...
Jury finds gun industry not to blame for violence (05/15/03)
NEW YORK -- Rejecting a lawsuit brought by the NAACP, a federal jury Wednesday cleared 45 gun manufacturers and distributors of allegations their marketing practices have stoked violence in black and Hispanic neighborhoods. The jury deliberated for five days before reaching its verdict in the closely watched case that now goes to the judge for a final decision. The panel was unable to reach a verdict regarding 23 other defendants...
Convicted killer released on bond (05/15/03)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A retarded man whose murder conviction was recently overturned walked out of jail Wednesday, nearly 12 years after he was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of a deputy. Timothy Brown, 27, will be under house arrest as a condition of his $5,000 bond, a judge ruled...
People talk 05/15/03 (05/15/03)
Spears, Skechers settle competing lawsuits LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company have settled competing federal lawsuits over a deal for the pop star to market a line of roller skates and accessories, court documents state...
NASA - Foam hit Columbia with close to a ton of force (05/15/03)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A piece of foam insulation slammed into the edge of Columbia's left wing with nearly a ton of force, and the fact that it was tumbling almost certainly strengthened the blow, an accident investigator said. "Based on the first really analytic look at it, the rotation adds energy. What we have to figure out is how much," Scott Hubbard, a NASA executive who is on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, said Tuesday...
Air Force Academy freshman testifies about alleged rape (05/15/03)
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- An Air Force Academy freshman testified Wednesday that she was raped by an older cadet after drinking shots of tequila with him in his dorm room last fall. Near the end of the hearing -- the first concerning rape allegations since the Air Force Academy was plunged into a sex scandal -- Cadet Douglas Meester was allowed to make a statement, but was not sworn in...
Blood pressure prompts red flag by government (05/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Some 45 million Americans with blood pressure levels once considered normal or borderline actually have "prehypertension," say new government guidelines that urge them to exercise, avoid salt and make other changes to stave off full-blown high blood pressure...
Embattled Calif. governor seeks to borrow billions (05/15/03)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A politically embattled Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday proposed raising an array of taxes and borrowing more than $10 billion to help close a deficit projected at a record $38 billion. The $95.8 billion spending plan the Democrat sent to the legislature differs greatly from his January proposal, which relied more heavily on spending cuts to bridge the gap...
Some states cutting Medicaid services to save budget (05/15/03)
DENVER -- Paralyzed on his left side from a stroke, Valentin Soskin, 70, has a nurse who delivers eight types of medicine and bathes him weekly. His 61-year-old wife, Svetlana, has had four operations for cervical and breast cancer since they immigrated to the United States from Belarus in 1994...
Industry sees slight increase in tourism this summer (05/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- The economy, the Iraq war and terrorism worries, which have put a damper on Americans' travel plans, won't keep people home this Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer tourism season, travel industry officials said Wednesday...
Report says federal government must watch state safety spending (05/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Federal oversight of state spending on highway safety programs has been inadequate in the face of rising deaths from drunken driving, congressional auditors said Wednesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has sent $2 billion to states for highway safety programs over the past six years, has not been consistently monitoring how states are using the money, according to the the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative agency...
Hollywood fights software that copies DVD movies (05/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Brian Martin, a computer consultant in Maryland, is careful when he handles the plastic discs in his DVD library of more than 200 movies. But accidents -- and scratches -- still happen. "The worst thing is, one little scratch is enough to make the movie skip forward a chapter," says Martin, who estimates his collection at more than $3,000. "That's become really annoying with a few of mine."...
Standoff continues among Texas Democrats, Republicans (05/15/03)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Republican members of the Texas House reconvened Wednesday but could not conduct legislative business because they lacked a quorum while 51 rebellious Democratic lawmakers remained holed up in a motel in Oklahoma. Democrats on both sides of the border hailed the absent lawmakers, who fled in part to block debate on a congressional redistricting bill that would favor Republicans...
Weaker dollar makes European trips, cars higher (05/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Americans planning for European vacations should be braced to pay more. Ditto for people eyeing European cars. The reason: The dollar's value has hit a four-year low against the euro. The slide against the euro, and to a lesser extent against other foreign currencies, is likely to continue, analysts say. They believe the Bush administration has made a shift in its attitude toward the greenback...
Abandoned trailer turns death trap for 18 immigrants (05/15/03)
VICTORIA, Texas -- Seventeen people were found dead Wednesday when authorities opened up a sweltering, airless trailer that had been abandoned at a South Texas truck stop with more than 100 illegal immigrants locked inside. An 18th victim died later at a hospital in one of the deadliest smuggling attempts on record in the United States...
New attack leaves at least 14 more dead in Chechnya (05/15/03)
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia -- A woman with explosives strapped to her waist blew them up in the midst of thousands of Muslim pilgrims Wednesday, killing herself and 13 others in an apparent attempt on the life of Chechnya's Moscow-backed administrator. Akhmad Kadyrov escaped unharmed, but at least two of his bodyguards were among more than 100 people wounded in the second deadly bombing in the breakaway republic this week...
Police go door-to-door enforcing SARS quarantine in Taiwan (05/15/03)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police will begin door-to-door checking for SARS quarantine breakers as the government strained Wednesday to control its worsening outbreak with high-tech equipment and shoe leather. Taiwan has already issued stay-at-home orders to 10,000 people because of contact with SARS patients. Taipei's mayor announced Wednesday that police would help check on those under quarantine...
Saudi Arabia - 15 Saudis were behind attacks (05/15/03)
IYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia acknowledged gaps in security and revealed Wednesday that 15 Saudis carried out the deadly car bomb attacks in Riyadh -- a startling admission considering the Arab kingdom took five months to confirm most of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers were Saudi...
World digest 5/15/03 (05/15/03)
U.S., British intelligence question Iraqi scientists BAGHDAD, Iraq -- More than a month after Baghdad fell, American and British intelligence officers are knocking on the doors of top Iraqi scientists and asking whether Saddam Hussein's Iraq had chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs...
3,000 remains exhumed from central Iraq mass grave (05/15/03)
MAHAWEEL, Iraq -- The tattered green identity card flapped in the wind, the picture faded and only the number, 764059, visible. Around it was chaos: mounds of earth, barbed wire fences, bulldozers and hundreds of anguished onlookers hoping for answers...
Explosive device wounds four people in Yemeni courthouse (05/15/03)
SAN'A, Yemen -- An explosion shook a courthouse where a militant was condemned to death last week for killing three U.S. missionaries, and a judge and three other people were wounded, security officials said. A man detained in the courthouse yard carrying a pistol confessed to planting the explosive device in Jibla, 125 miles south of the Yemeni capital of San'a, police said on condition of anonymity...
Jackson back at .500 after win over Scott City (05/15/03)
Austin McDowell allowed just four hits as Jackson evened its record with a 4-2 road victory over Scott City in baseball Wednesday. Jackson (10-10) broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the second off losing pitcher Seth Ward. Ward, making his first start of the season, allowed just six Jackson hits...
Bluejay switch - Horrell will be one, Chaffee hires former one (05/15/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee football, which hasn't had a winning season in 12 years, is undergoing a coaching change. Allan Horrell, who coached the Red Devils for the last four seasons, has resigned his duties at Chaffee to accept the principal job at Oak Ridge High School...
Indians sign on top-100 prep pick (05/15/03)
As a senior at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, Randy Holbrook was ranked among the nation's top 100 prep basketball players. At Odessa (Texas) College, Holbrook was ranked by one recruiting service as the nation's fourth-best junior-college power forward...
Late model class was too costly, ATPR says (05/15/03)
A lack of cars and attendance was the biggest culprit in Auto Tire and Parts Racepark's decision to drop the late model class from its weekly schedule, promoter Jerry Wolsey said Tuesday. But don't consider it to be a sign that the track is on its last leg, he said...
Kathlyn Reynolds welcomes the challenges of billiards (05/15/03)
Every once in a while an athlete happens to bump into a niche, one they wouldn't usually expect. Kathlyn Reynolds didn't run into a pool hall until she was 18. Now, at 21, it's become hard for her to walk away. "I shot a little pool for a while, and then my brother introduced me to the Billiard Center," Reynolds, of Cape Girardeau, said. "Now I play every Tuesday and Wednesday."...
Penske still has a drive to win (05/15/03)
Twelve wins and 12 poles in the Indianapolis 500 haven't quenched Roger Penske's thirst for success at the Brickyard. And the distinguished, white-haired entrepreneur, head of a multibillion-dollar corporation, has a simple formula for maintaining that success in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."...
Cardinals crumble to Reds in familiar finish (05/15/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Former closer Danny Graves proved he can be a dominating starter, too. Graves threw a four-hitter for his first career complete game and Ken Griffey Jr. scored twice in his return to the starting lineup as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cardinals 4-0 Wednesday night...
Singh may stand alone after ripping on Annika (05/15/03)
Two questions immediately came to mind after reading Vijay Singh's "she-doesn't-belong-out-here" rant about Annika Sorenstam. No. 1, how long was Singh's mouth running before he realized his brain wasn't engaged; and No. 2, how long would it take his lodge brothers, many of whom had been saying the same things in private for weeks, to step forward in a show of solidarity?...
Area digest 5/15/03 (05/15/03)
Tewis wins Women's Golf Association event Linda Tewis earned the medalist honor at the Women's Golf Association's event at Cape Girardeau Country Club. June Khan won play of the day -- "best even holes." Linda Tewis placed second, and Marlena Jones was third...
FanFare 5/15/03 (05/15/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • A man who ran on the field at a White Sox game last month and was charged with attacking an umpire pleaded innocent Wednesday. Eric Dybas, 24, of the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, is charged with one count of felony aggravated battery and one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass in the case...
  • Brighter smiles (05/15/03)
    Summer is the season when people want bronzed bodies and glistening white teeth. And with some new products available, getting either is easy. But if self-tanning lotion can sometimes give your skin an orange tint, what do those whiteners do to your teeth?...
    Health calendar 5/15/03 (05/15/03)
    Today Diabetes Support Group meets from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in conference room at Healing Arts Center. For information, call 331-5107. Preparation for Childbirth class 3 meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in conference room at Healing Arts Center. For information, call 331-5107...
    MS office opens here (05/15/03)
    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Gateway Area Chapter will soon be offering more programs and services in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois through a new regional office. Because of growing client demands in the region, the chapter is opening an office in Cape Girardeau in June. Programs to be offered include wellness seminars, self-help groups and seminars on symptom management. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system...
    What is the most luxurious Las Vegas hotel? (05/15/03)
    This is not an easily answered question. People often come to our agency asking for a luxurious vacation. According to Webster, luxury is: a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort; sumptuous environment; something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary; an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction or ease...
    Parker - Buy-sell agreements -- taking care of the 8 D's (05/15/03)
    Most all closely held businesses, especially multi-owner corporations and partnerships, need to have a buy-sell agreement in place. Individually owned businesses can also profit from the use of a buy-sell agreement. This is essential for smooth transition of ownership upon the occurrence of several events, namely the "Eight D's."...
    Stanley - The 2002 Tax Act (05/15/03)
    What it means to your estate plan in 2003 As just about everyone knows by now, Congress made major changes to the federal estate and gift tax in 2002. Some of the media hype about the new tax law may have led you to believe that you can put your estate plan on hold. The truth is more complicated. There are at least three reasons for revisiting your wills, trusts and tax planning strategies in 2003...
    Mueller - The 'new normal' -- finding better ways to do things (05/15/03)
    As a part of my professional development, I read many different business publications to stay abreast of the current business climate. It is interesting to note that in the last two weeks, I have read the words "new normal" several times in different publications. What does this mean?...
    Ten years before the wine rack (05/15/03)
    May 15, 2003 Dear Julie, Last weekend as DC and I were leaving the winery in the nearby town of Commerce, the owner/winemaker stopped our car and handed us a bottle of his Cynthiana. We have known Jerry Smith and his wife, Joni, for years, and every time we see them we all promise to have dinner together sometime. We never have...
    Bankruptcies (05/15/03)
    BANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies filed through May 10 for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscott, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
    Kneibert opens wound, ostomy clinics (05/15/03)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- The Poplar Bluff Wound Clinic and the Poplar Bluff Ostomy Clinic opened in March. The clinics are located at Kneibert Clinic North inside the Bluff Radiology building at 2588 North Westwood Boulevard. Family nurse practitioner Devona Gibbs is director of the two clinics...
    Editorial - Economy-stimulating tax cuts needed (05/15/03)
    By Larry Kudlow free-market economist former Reagan administration official consulting chief economist for American Skandia in Washington, D.C. Alan Greenspan went to Capitol Hill last week to sell the idea that a "noticeably better" economy is just around the corner. Problem is, the Federal Reserve chairman has been saying this for three years...
    Inside the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce (05/15/03)
    By Michael Wells communications director May is a big month every year at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, and this year is no different. I'd like to begin by congratulating and thanking once again our 2003 Educators of the Year who were: Nancy Bone, Cape Central Junior High School; Lawrence Brookins Jr., Cape Central Senior High School; Mike Cowan, Ph.D., Cape Central Senior High School; Brad Wittenborn, Notre Dame Regional High School; and Kenneth Heischmidt, Ph.D., Southeast Missouri State University. ...
    Recognitions (05/15/03)
    Saint Francis Medical Center recently received one national winner and three national finalist awards in the Vision Awards, which recognizes excellence in television, video and Web sites. The national winner was awarded for two commercials created for the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. ...
    Cape Shoe relocates (05/15/03)
    Business Today Cape Shoe Co., the region's only shoe manufacturing company, has recently moved into its new facility at 2555 Rusmar in Cape Girardeau. The building was acquired through a property exchange with RM Coco Fabrics, which formerly occupied the building. But RM Coco purchased the former Florsheim Shoe Manufacturing building from Cape Shoe last year...
    Briggs gets grant for employee training (05/15/03)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Briggs & Stratton is one of 11 Southeast Missouri companies awarded state financial assistance to provide classroom training to their employees. Briggs & Stratton received $31,050 from the Missouri Department of Economic Development and its Division of Workforce Development...
    Apple says online music sales exceeding expectations (05/15/03)
    CNETnews.com Apple Computer Inc. says it exceeded record industry expectations by selling more than 1 million songs since the launch of its online music store a two weeks ago. "Our internal measure of success was having the iTunes Music Store sell one million songs in the first month," said Doug Morris, CEO of the Universal Music Group. "To do this in one week is an over-the-top success."...
    People news (05/15/03)
    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Sandy Helwege has joined Coldwell Banker Hamilton Realty in Cape Girardeau as a broker/sales associate. Jerry Wilson has joined Coldwell Banker Hamilton Realty in Cape Girardeau as a sales associate. Jeffrey Bishop, a cosmetologist, has started working at Eugene's Salon and Spa in Cape Girardeau...
    Twelve Missouri companies make Fortune 500 (05/15/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Twelve Missouri-based companies made this year's Fortune Magazine list of the 500 companies with the greatest revenues, the same number as last year. H&R Block was added to this year's list, ranked 462 from 507 last year. Emerson Electric (138) is the state's highest-ranking company with revenues of $13.8 billion...
    Workers' comp compromise opposed by AIM (05/15/03)
    Business Today JEFFERSON CITY -- Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), which represents approximately 1,500 employers that provide nearly 350,000 Missouri jobs, opposes a workers' compensation compromise that has been brokered in the Legislature...
    Companies work together to train employees (05/15/03)
    By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON - As business budgets tighten, eight area companies have found an innovative way to train their workforce. The Bootheel Regional Training Group is providing classes at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center in everything from basic hydraulics to global leadership to accident investigation training...
    Building boom in Jackson banks (05/15/03)
    Business Today JACKSON -- Driving down East Jackson Boulevard, the drive-through possibilities are numerous -- Hardee's, Taco Bell, McDonald's ... and Union Planters, Commerce, First National. In Jackson, the banking business has grown since the early 1990s. Today, there are more banks, 10, than fast-food franchises, nine...
    Satellite TV plans for local channels in lineup (05/15/03)
    By Scott Moyers Special to Business Today Bad news for cable: EchoStar Communications Corp. started dishing out local television channels like KFVS and KBSI through its satellite services April 30, and DirecTV plans to do the same by the end of the year...
    Automotive businesses merge in Poplar Bluff (05/15/03)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- In March, Bailey's Glass at 1138 Vine Street moved into the Bailey's Auto Body building at 624 South Westwood Boulevard, and the two have merged into Bailey's Auto Body and Glass. "When we built this building in 1998 it was designed to have the glass shop here," said owner Jim Bailey...
    Letter - Tax cuts will make economy stronger (05/15/03)
    To the editor: Tax cuts will make economy stronger Washingtonians, economists and even a smattering of Wall Streeters have taken leave of their senses when it comes to financing the Iraq war and that country's rehabilitation. The war itself may cost more than $100 billion, they wail. Postwar bills may add another $100 billion to $200 billion to that...
    Airport in Cape working to add flight (05/15/03)
    Business Today A grant-funded effort to add a fourth daily round-trip flight from Cape Girardeau to St. Louis still hasn't gotten off the ground 10 months after federal Department of Transportation officials announced the funding. But Bruce Loy, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport manager, said a fourth commercial flight should be added by July or August provided that local businesses commit $100,000 up front to pay for air travel on their expected business trips...
    Charter Communications closing call center in Sikeston (05/15/03)
    Business Today SIKESTON --As of July 10, Charter Communications' call center in Sikeston will close. The call center operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week, providing service for over 150 cities in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. "We're having to restructure responsibilities," said general manager Dave Huntsman. ...
    Corporate park development seeks investment buyer (05/15/03)
    Business Today One of Southeast Missouri's most unique business park developments is on the market for sale, according to commercial broker Tom Kelsey, whose real estate firm, Lorimont Place Ltd., is looking for an investment buyer. The Lorimont development on South Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau has nearly 90,500 square feet of office space and is located on 7 acres of property that adjoins Westfield Shoppingtown Westpark Mall...
    Philanthropy adds to the kids' inheritance (05/15/03)
    By Trudy Lee director of planned giving Southeast Missouri State University Foundation You've probably seen the bumper sticker on an RV that reads: We're Spending Our Kids' Inheritance. Up front, grandma and grandpa are having a ball enjoying their well-deserved retirement and don't mind poking fun at the idea that they should live conservatively so they can leave more money for their children...
    Tech job market remains bleak, survey finds (05/15/03)
    Siliconvalley.com Technology job hunters will find slim pickings for at least another year, according to a new survey released in early May. Demand for information technology positions ranging from software programmers to network engineers will hold steady or decline in the next 12 months, according to a telephone poll of 400 hiring managers by the Arlington, Va.-based Information Technology Association of America...
    Family celebrates 30 years in business (05/15/03)
    By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON - Some business ventures end with a tornado. Slusher Farm and Home Store began with one. More than 30 years ago, after a tornado tore through Southeast Missouri, Glen and Ann Slusher surveyed the shambles left of their crops in the field and decided if they were going to raise a family, they needed another source of income along with farming...
    Blair Industries closes, reopens with new owners (05/15/03)
    Business Today Employees of Blair Industries, which has operated plants in Cape Girardeau and Scott City for more than 20 years, were told April 17 that the company was shutting its doors immediately. The 165 employees then learned that new owners would reopen the doors April 22 under a new name -- Blair Packaging -- and were invited to submit applications for employment...
    Rhino's Truck Accessories opens in Poplar Bluff (05/15/03)
    Busines Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Ryan Brooks has combined his experience of working on race cars with his training as a heavy equipment mechanic and opened Rhino's Truck Accessories at 953 North Westwood Boulevard. Brooks had a 6,000-square-foot metal building with two work bays and a showroom constructed at the location...
    Keene - Planning for a retirement 'paycheck' (05/15/03)
    While most workers live on their paychecks during their working years, few plan for a "paycheck" that will provide a dependable stream of monthly income during their retirement. They've not answered such questions as how much can they safely withdraw each year, what's the right asset allocation, or do they draw from taxable or nontaxable sources first...
    New winery lives up to 'grape expectations' (05/15/03)
    Day-trip destination French winemaker on staff By Jim Obert Business Today STE GENEVIEVE COUNTY -- Six years in the making, Crown Valley Winery with its 39 stainless-steel tanks, 300 oak barrels, two wine-tasting bars, deli, reception rooms and gift shop, all enclosed in a multi-level, 40,000-square-foot structure on 300 acres of vineyard, lakes and forest, opened to the public April 26-27...
    Marketing-driven fits the times (05/15/03)
    Sales-driven doesn't do it anymore By John R. Graham With effusive CEO testimonials and countless articles and books describing how companies have transformed themselves into tightly focused, totally energized commerce machines, it would seem that change should be easy...
    Proposed cement plant poses no threat to endangered species (05/15/03)
    Neither the federally endangered Indiana bat nor any critical habitat should be impacted by the construction of Holcim (U.S.) Incorporated's proposed cement plant in Ste. Genevieve County as concluded in a biological opinion released May 7 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in Columbia, Mo...
    St. Louis contractors union support proposed cement plant (05/15/03)
    Letter to Gov. Bob Holden Dear Governor Holden: At a recent meeting of the St. Louis Area Contractors (SLAC), a Resolution of Support for the proposed construction of the cement plant by Holcim (US) Inc. in Ste. Genevieve County was adopted. SLAC consisted of nine construction industry associations, including:...
    Business briefs (05/15/03)
    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CAPE GIRARDEAU Our House, a downtown bar, has opened at 2 N. Main St., in the building formerly occupied by Indigo Restaurant. The owner is Al McCain. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri has relocated to 34 N. Main in Cape Girardeau. Wielding the scissors is director Rebecca Fulgham...
    Scott County tax liens (05/15/03)
    Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of April are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 545-3551...
    Jerome Zimmer (05/15/03)
    Jerome B. Zimmer passed away peacefully at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2003, in Cape Girardeau. With him at the time were his six sons, Jerry, Tom, David, Don, John, and James. He is also survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia. Mr. Zimmer was born in his family home in Cape Girardeau July 15, 1921, son of Robert Benedict Zimmer and Mary Elizabeth Wulfers Zimmer, the seventh of 10 children, and was the last surviving member of his family...
    Mildred Meyer (05/15/03)
    Mildred Christine "Sue" Meyer, 78, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital, after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Conway, Ark., daughter of Carl and Ola Rhea Maxey. She and August R. "Gus" Meyer were married Sept. 28, 1946. Mr. Meyer, who retired as vice president for administrative services at Southeast Missouri State University in 1986, died in 1994...
    Norman Eakins (05/15/03)
    Norman Eakins, 62, of Tunnel Hill, Ill., died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at his home. He was born July 25, 1940, at Millersville, son of Troy and Maine Slinkard Eakins. He and Caroline Malone were married June 8, 1962, at Millersville. Eakins worked at Cognis Chemical Co. in Kankakee, Ill., 23 years. He was a member, treasurer, and on the board of directors at First Church of God in Kankakee...
    Reba Sadler (05/15/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Reba K. Sadler, 78, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born March 8, 1925, in Dongola, Ill., daughter of Archie and Lettie Benson Keller. She and Clifford "Dick" Sadler were married Jan. 1, 1949, in Corinth, Miss...
    Births 5/15/03 (05/15/03)
    Wilson Son to Tiffany Marie Wilson of Cape Girardeau, St. Francis Medical Center, 8:42 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2003. Name, Keaton Dantel. Weight, 6 pounds 13 ounces. Second son. Ms. Wilson is the daughter of Donna Wilson and Donald Wilson of Cape Girardeau...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 5/15 (05/15/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, May 15 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Tammie Jo Kassel, 41, of 1826 Bloomfield, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, stealing, domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute...
    Cape fire report 5/15/03 (05/15/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, May 15 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 6:31 p.m., medical assist at 1105 Linden. At 7:27 p.m., medical assist at 408 S. Hanover. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 10:45 a.m., medical assist at 3261 William...
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