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Jackson School Board meeting 6/11/03 (06/11/03)
During their Tuesday meeting, the Jackson School Board took action on the following items: Authorized the sale of bonds in conjunction with refinancing a 1996 bond series. Approved the voluntary student insurance plan for 2003-04. Accepted a bid from Prairie Farm for milk...
Voce Festiva to sing at Cape Muny Band concert (06/11/03)
Voce Festiva, a vocal ensemble composed of some of the area's top female singers, will be the special guests tonight at the concert by the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band. The free concert will be presented at 8 p.m. at the Capaha Park Band Shell. Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs...
Council - City needs to get handle on health insurance (06/11/03)
The city of Cape Girar-deau needs to rein in rising health insurance costs to avoid serious budget problems in future years, city council members said Tuesday at a work session on the new budget. "At this point, we have to save expenses," said Councilman Charlie Herbst. "We have to look at what is best for our bottom line."...
Cape Girardeau couple rescued from sandbar (06/11/03)
A Cape Girardeau couple spent Monday night stranded on an Illinois sandbar in the Mississippi River after their boat slipped away. The couple apparently boated out to the sandbar about a quarter mile south of the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge to have a late lunch at about 3 p.m., said Cape Girardeau fire Capt. Mark Starnes. Firefighters boated out to the couple at 6:23 a.m. in response to a call from an observer...
Senators propose giving less back to SEMO (06/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Action taken by a Senate committee Tuesday would result in a deeper funding cut for Southeast Missouri State University than that approved last week by the House of Representatives. However, even the less generous Senate proposal would deliver more state money to Southeast and other public universities than the original higher education budget vetoed by Gov. Bob Holden...
Bootheel's last remaining House Democrat resigns (06/11/03)
State Rep. Denny Merideth of Caruthersville resigned his legislative seat Tuesday to take a job with the U.S. State Department's foreign service office. Merideth joined the Missouri Legislature in 1997 after running as an independent in a special election to fill a vacancy. He was the first independent in more than a century to be elected to the Missouri statehouse. He became a Democrat in 2000 and made an unsuccessful bid for the party's nomination as House speaker...
Custodians await cut in bicycle clutter (06/11/03)
Thanks to lobbying efforts by police evidence custodians across the state, they will be enjoying less cluttered storage rooms soon. Gov. Bob Holden signed a bill into law Monday to require finders of property, such as police departments, to wait just six months for someone to claim it. Under current law, lost property has to be kept for an entire year before it can be auctioned, discarded or taken possession of by the finder. The shorter time span will take effect Aug. 28...
Corrections 6/11/03 (06/11/03)
Correction Information provided by a source for an article in Tuesday's edition incorrectly called a fuel spill in East Prairie, Mo., the largest in the state's history. It was actually the largest spill associated with a gas station, according to Jackson Bostic, Missouri Department of Natural Resources area coordinator...
Southeast plans $15 million medical building project (06/11/03)
Southeast Missouri Hospital plans to replace its grassy hillside on Broadway with a four-story medical office building and an adjoining parking garage. The hospital is scheduled to break ground on the $15 million project in late November or early December and complete it by July 2005, officials said Tuesday...
Growing enrollment brings about change at Notre Dame (06/11/03)
In response to growth in the student body and student activities, school officials at Notre Dame Regional High School created two new full-time positions as the next step in meeting needs. With the appointment of Jeff Worley as dean of students and Darrin Scott as dean of student activities, the school will consolidate several faculty's part-time responsibilities, said Brother David Migliorino, school principal. Both officially stepped into their roles after the school year ended in May...
Club news 6/11/03 (06/11/03)
Progressive FCE The Progressive FCE Club met May 30 for a progressive picnic at the home of John and Pat Stehr. After appetizers, club members and spouses progressed to Arena Park for a cookout with Becky Heuer, Shirley Bock and Stehr as hostesses...
Kids Count report claims Missouri ranks 31st overall (06/11/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The state of Missouri may rank 31st nationally when it comes to the well-being of its children, but a host of measures show their lives improved slightly through the 1990s. The Kids Count report, an annual national report of childhood well-being, which was being released Wednesday, it showed Missouri tied the national rate in five of the 10 categories used to measure success between 1990 and 2000...
Hit-and-run driver kills nurse trying to help wreck victims (06/11/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A nurse was killed Tuesday when she pulled over to assist accident victims on a rain-slickened interstate and was struck by a hit-and-run driver, police said. The victim was Elizabeth Ottomeyer, 36, of south St. Louis County. Her 13-year-old daughter and another 13-year-old girl were in Ottomeyer's vehicle but were unharmed, St. Louis Police Lt. Commander Michael Siemers said...
Maryville city council votes to ban smoking in all restaurants (06/11/03)
The Associated Pres MARYVILLE, Mo. -- "Smoking or non?" is no longer an option in Maryville restaurants. The city council voted unanimously to ban smoking in all of the city's restaurants, making the northwest Missouri town the first in the state to issue a complete ban on smoking in its restaurants...
Lawmaker using cell phone involved in wreck (06/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The No. 2 leader in the Missouri House said technology was partly to blame for a two-vehicle accident in which he was involved. House Speaker Pro Tem Rod Jetton told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was talking on his cell phone and looking up a phone number on his personal digital assistant when he rear-ended another car last Friday...
Lawsuit claims man killed himself over abuse by priest (06/11/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The father of an ex-Marine found dead in a hotel room sued the St. Louis archdiocese and a Roman Catholic priest Tuesday, alleging his son killed himself after years of torment over being sexually abused in youth by the clergyman. Though Christopher Klump's death certificate ruled the March 2 death an "accident," the wrongful-death lawsuit claims that Klump, 30, fatally overdosed on cocaine to escape emotional scars from the Rev. Michael McGrath's molestations years earlier...
Woman found stabbed to death; police kill suspect (06/11/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The chilling reality that this city had its second homicide in as many days came when an 8-year-old boy pleaded to an emergency operator: "Please help me, my dad is killing my mom." By the time police arrived, the woman lay dead on the kitchen floor of her Springfield home with multiple stab wounds. ...
Nuclear waste shipment to head through Missouri this year (06/11/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A train carrying high-level nuclear waste will travel through Missouri in a one-time shipment later this year, a State Emergency Management Agency official said. SEMA radiological emergency planner Ed Gray said the shipment will be taken from West Valley, N.Y., to the northwestern United States. He said he did not know when the shipment would come through Missouri, except it would be this year...
Report - Easy for kids to get caffeine in food (06/11/03)
YONKERS, N.Y. -- Many foods with substantial amounts of caffeine don't list it among their ingredients, making it easier for consumers, especially children, to unwittingly ingest it, Consumer Reports magazine says. For example, it said, a child who consumes a can of Mountain Dew soda, a cup of Starbucks Coffee Java Chip ice cream and a half-cup of M&M's has taken in a total of 128 milligrams of caffeine...
Study shows stroke drug worked no better than aspirin in blacks (06/11/03)
CHICAGO -- An expensive drug approved during the 1990s works no better than ordinary aspirin at preventing recurring strokes in blacks, a study found. In fact, there were hints that aspirin might do a better job than ticlopidine at preventing deaths and other serious episodes, leading the researchers to recommend the old standby for blacks who have had a stroke...
ImClone founder's 'arrogance' earns him prison sentence (06/11/03)
NEW YORK -- Sam Waksal, the jet-setting drug-company entrepreneur at the center of the insider-trading scandal that has ensnared Martha Stewart, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison Tuesday for what a judge called his "lawlessness and arrogance."...
Man who often blacked out guilty of manslaughter (06/11/03)
PITTSBURGH -- A traveling salesman who continued to drive despite repeated epileptic blackouts was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday for a crash that killed a pregnant woman and her mother in 2000. Jack Monroe Smith, 51, also was convicted of recklessly endangering another person in a 2002 crash that injured four people...
Suspended teachers not rehired for next year (06/11/03)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two teachers suspended for posting anti-war material in their classrooms have not been rehired for next year and a third has resigned. Heather Duffy of Rio Grande High School and Geoff Barrett and Allen Cooper of Highland High School were on short-term contracts that were not renewed, said Rigo Chavez, a spokesman for the Albuquerque school district. Such contracts expire at the end of each school year...
Rover begins lengthy voyage to study Mars (06/11/03)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA on Tuesday launched the first of two golf-cart-size rovers that will ramble across the rocky, red soil of Mars and drill for evidence that the Red Planet once had enough water to support life. The rover, named Spirit, lifted off aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket on the seven-month journey to Mars...
Southern Californian desert may be running dry (06/11/03)
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- In the middle of the Southern California desert, resort guests can travel by gondola to waterfront bistros, homeowners can water-ski on a manmade lake, and golfers can tee off at more than 100 courses made lush and green from constant watering...
Stocks post late-day gains, continue last week's rally (06/11/03)
NEW YORK -- A late-day wave of momentum buying put Wall Street back on an upward path Tuesday, giving stocks a moderate advance despite an absence of major earnings or economic news. Most of the market's gains came in the final hour. Stocks retraced ground lost earlier in the session when Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan warned that natural gas prices would be higher for an extended period...
Handyman admits he held women as sex slaves (06/11/03)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A retired handyman pleaded guilty Tuesday to holding five women captive as sex slaves in an underground dungeon, two months after one of the victims escaped and made a frantic phone call that led to his arrest. John Jamelske, 68, pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree kidnapping. Under a plea deal, Jamelske could serve 18 years to life. Each count carried a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison...
Wal-Mart starts online DVD rental plan (06/11/03)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wal-Mart didn't need a long market test to make the jump into the online DVD rental business. After a seven-month trial with one DVD distribution point, the world's largest retailer now has six outlets and its Wal-Mart DVD Rentals operation is open for business. Movies are ordered on the Internet and can reach 90 percent of the nation within two days, the company says...
Monkeypox investigators look for pets from Illinois store (06/11/03)
CHICAGO -- Investigators trying to stop the first outbreak of monkeypox in the Western Hemisphere scoured seven states Tuesday for dozens of prairie dogs and other exotic pets sold by an Illinois distributor. Health officials announced a total of five confirmed human cases of the disease -- four in Wisconsin and one in Illinois. No people have died of the outbreak. In addition, 48 possible cases have been reported...
People talk 6/11/03 (06/11/03)
Jackson makes second attempt at testifying INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Jackson has returned to Indianapolis for a second attempt at giving a court-ordered deposition in a copyright lawsuit. Judge Philip Simon ordered Jackson to come back by Friday after the 44-year-old pop star fell ill before he could give a deposition here last month...
Mississippi to mark 40th anniversary of slaying of Megar Evers (06/11/03)
JACKSON, Miss. -- It was after midnight when Medgar Evers' family heard his car tires crunch along the gravel driveway of their home. Evers' wife, Myrlie, and three children -- 9-year-old Darrell, 8-year-old Reena and 3-year-old Van -- had stayed up late watching President Kennedy's civil rights speech on television...
FBI director meets with Sept. 11 relatives (06/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- About three dozen relatives of people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks told FBI director Robert Mueller he hasn't done enough to determine if the agency acted properly prior to the terrorism -- but applauded his efforts to provide them with information...
Senators propose higher deductible for Medicare recipients (06/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- An influential group of senators proposed Tuesday that Medicare recipients pay a higher deductible for doctor services as part of sweeping legislation offering prescription drug coverage for millions of older Americans. Under the measure, those who receive doctor and out-of-hospital care from Medicare would face an increase in the deductible from $100 to $125 beginning on Jan. ...
House expands child tax credit bill (06/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders ignored White House pressure for quick passage of a Senate bill to expand child tax credits for low-income families and scheduled a vote on a package that also would give bigger tax cuts to high-income couples and members of the armed forces...
Anne Frank exhibit points to diarist's literary ambitions (06/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Fairy tales, short stories, essays, the start of a novel -- 15-year-old Anne Frank didn't just write a diary in the two years she was hidden from the Nazis. An exhibit that shows some of her varied work, titled "Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story," opens at the Holocaust Museum on Thursday. It would have been her 74th birthday...
FDA advisers recommend approval of growth hormone (06/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Injecting growth hormone into very short but otherwise healthy children won grudging approval from a government advisory panel Tuesday, amid concern about the cost and trouble it would take to increase their adult height by roughly 2 inches...
Lawmakers question farewell pay deals given to ousted execs (06/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers raised questions Tuesday about the pay deals Freddie Mac is giving the top executives it ousted in a shakeup over accounting problems. The mortgage-market giant was not making terms of the executives' packages public, bringing further criticism of the company by lawmakers...
Mongolia's popular Christian TV station goes off the air (06/11/03)
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- Tom Terry planned to give Mongolians another biblical summer -- along with "The Flintstones" and NBA basketball. The general director of Eagle TV, a popular U.S.-Mongolian joint venture, had lined up nightly broadcasts of "Abraham," "Jacob" and other films drawn from the Old and New Testaments...
Myanmar democratic activist 'in good spirits' (06/11/03)
YANGON, Myanmar -- Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "well and in good spirits" despite being held incommunicado by the military government for nearly two weeks, a U.N. envoy said Tuesday after meeting with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. U.N. envoy Razali Ismail -- the first outsider to see Suu Kyi since she was detained during clashes with the government -- said he received assurances she would be freed, but it could be another two weeks...
Mauritanian capital returns to normal after coup attempt (06/11/03)
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Soldiers toting machine guns patrolled the streets of this desert capital Tuesday after the pro-Western president of the Arab-dominated nation said he had crushed a coup attempt by disgruntled military officers. Residents of Nouakchott emerged from their homes to find charred tanks abandoned on streets and buildings scored with bullet and rocket impacts. Banks and stores reopened, and buses and taxis circulated...
Rumsfeld says specter of Saddam may prolong problems (06/11/03)
TIRANA, Albania -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday it will take time to locate die-hard remnants of Saddam Hussein's deposed regime in Iraq. The United States is talking to approximately three dozen countries about assembling an international peacekeeping force for postwar Iraq, Rumsfeld said. But he also said that even after the force begins arriving in September there will be resistance from elements of Saddam's Baathist Party and other loyalists...
Gunfire rattles outskirts of Liberia's besieged capital (06/11/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Gunfire and explosions rattled the Liberian capital Tuesday, as the weakened government bowed to international pressure and said it was ready to resume talks with rebels besieging the city. The rebel offensive is the most intense yet in a three-year campaign to drive out President Charles Taylor, who now controls very little territory outside the capital...
U.S. troops kill four in firefight in Afghanistan (06/11/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Insurgents in eastern Afghanistan opened fire Tuesday on patrolling U.S. forces, setting off a firefight that left four attackers dead, a military spokesman said. No U.S. casualties were reported. The U.S. troops came under attack before dawn near Shkin, a volatile town in Paktika province near the Pakistan border, the spokesman, Col. Rodney Davis, said from Bagram Air Base...
Iran open to more nuclear monitoring (06/11/03)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran would agree to additional international monitoring of its nuclear development, but only if it is allowed to acquire more advanced technology, the head of the country's atomic program said Tuesday. The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, which visited Iran's nuclear facilities earlier this year, wants Tehran to allow inspectors unfettered access to its facilities without notice...
Britain's prime minister launches pro-euro campaign (06/11/03)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a campaign Tuesday to persuade Britons of the benefits of the single European currency, a day after his top economic official said the country still was not ready for the change. Blair and Treasury chief Gordon Brown said adopting the euro currency used by 12 European nations could be an economic boon for Britain, but only when the time is right...
Canada faces SARS questions with possible new Toronto cluster (06/11/03)
TORONTO -- Health authorities in Canada's biggest city scrambled Tuesday to explain possible new SARS cases at one hospital and how a recent visitor from the United States came down with the illness after returning home. The 15 patients showing symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome at a hospital outside Toronto, and the U.S. man with SARS under quarantine at his home near Raleigh, N.C., renewed fears that the World Health Organization could impose another travel warning for the city...
Hamas group vows revenge after Israel tries to kill leader (06/11/03)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel sent helicopters to kill a senior Hamas political leader in the crowded streets of Gaza on Tuesday but failed, leaving two other Palestinians dead and 27 wounded. The missile attack threatened to rekindle a cycle of violence and wreck a new U.S.-backed peace effort...
Ontario court calls ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional (06/11/03)
TORONTO -- An Ontario appeals court ruled Tuesday that Canada's ban on homosexual marriage is unconstitutional, clearing the way for the country's first legal same-sex weddings. The appeals panel declared the current legal definition of marriage invalid and ordered Toronto's city clerk to issue marriage licenses to the homosexual couples involved in the case...
Forces aim to restore order in Congo (06/11/03)
BUNIA, Congo -- More French troops arrived Tuesday in northeast Congo to lead an international force aimed at restoring order in a region where tribal fighting has killed hundreds of people and forced thousands to flee their homes. A detachment of about 100 troops, armed with assault rifles, emerged from two cargo planes that arrived in Bunia from neighboring Uganda. Another 50 were expected to reach the town later in the day, said Capt. Frederic Solano, a spokesman for the detachment...
Grisly count reveals civilian toll in Iraq war (06/11/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Someone has taped together the shredded binding, as if that could fix the horrors inside. There are pages bathed in dried, reddish-brown blood, their letters smeared and unintelligible. The frantic scribblings and bloody handprints are a record of war...
Griffin welcomes a chance to shine in national rodeo (06/11/03)
For Advance, Mo., native Curtis Griffin, this week's College National Finals Rodeo is another opportunity to size up his talent against some of the top cowboys in the nation. Griffin, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee-Martin, made the trip to the Super Bowl of college rodeo in Jasper, Wyo., with teammates Zach Waggoner, Lyndsie Brower and Jason Dement. ...
Winston Cup gives signs of schedule shake-up (06/11/03)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- A change to next year's NASCAR Winston Cup schedule is expected to be announced Friday during simultaneous news conferences at Michigan International Speedway, California Speedway and Darlington Raceway. International Speedway Corporation, which owns all the tracks involved, is expected to eliminate the fall race at North Carolina International Speedway in Rockingham to give the Fontana, Calif., track a second Cup event on the packed 36-race schedule...
Sosa asks league to reconsider his eight-game ban (06/11/03)
BALTIMORE -- Sammy Sosa is done talking. All he can do now is wait. Sosa on Tuesday appealed his eight-game suspension for using a corked bat. After speaking for about an hour with Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, Sosa could only hope for the best...
The week ahead in golf (06/11/03)
USGA U.S. OPEN
  • Site: Olympia Fields, Ill. n Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
  • Course: Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course (7,190 yards, par 70). n Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-6 p.m.; Monday, if necessary, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and NBC (Thursday-Friday, 2-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-7 p.m.; Monday, if necessary, 1 p.m.-playoff conclusion)...
  • Rolen's double finishes Red Sox (06/11/03)
    The Associatd Press BOSTON -- Scott Rolen's double broke a ninth-inning tie and St. Louis beat Boston 9-7 Tuesday night in their first meeting since the Cardinals beat the Red Sox in the seventh game of the 1967 World Series at Fenway Park. J.D. Drew hit a three-run homer and Albert Pujols added a two-run shot as the Cardinals built a 7-2 lead. Boston came back with three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth before St. Louis scored twice in the ninth off Brandon Lyon (2-3)...
    Woods asked about slump, not a slam (06/11/03)
    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Slam and slump. Mike Weir got all the questions about the first topic, courtesy of his playoff victory in the Masters that makes him the only player capable of winning the Grand Slam this year. Tiger Woods was asked about the other...
    Love looks for solace after family tragedy (06/11/03)
    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Inside the ropes is where Davis Love III finds solace. It's there, in familiar and comforting surroundings, where it's easier to forget for a few hours the horror of finding a relative shot to death. Inside the ropes, there are no children to console when they come with questions about why their father or friend is gone...
    Perry back on the job at U.S. Open (06/11/03)
    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Kenny Perry's popularity is soaring. The hottest player on tour after consecutive wins at the Colonial and the Memorial, Perry took a week off but didn't get much of a break. Congratulatory phone calls and endless interviews left little time for rest going into this week's U.S. Open...
    Clemens says he will face Cards in spite of cough (06/11/03)
    NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens plans to pitch Friday night against St. Louis, trying for the fourth time to earn his 300th career victory despite an upper respiratory infection he can't completely shake. "My day is still Friday," Clemens said before the New York Yankees played Houston on Tuesday night. "I know I'm going to be better by then."...
    Nets desperate for Game 4 win (06/11/03)
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As they prepared for the game that might decide the fate of their NBA title dreams, the New Jersey Nets could smell a championship. "You come into the building this afternoon, and you have a sense of champagne and beer," Jason Kidd said Tuesday before the Nets' practice at Continental Airlines Arena...
    Standards stop short of shoe companies (06/11/03)
    I'm reluctant to turn "Lil" Mark Walker Jr. into a crusade. I'm far from all-knowing. There is a one-in-a-billion chance that he'll become the Tiger Woods of basketball. There's an even better chance that he'll survive his premature hype as the future of basketball...
    Area digest 6/11/03 (06/11/03)
    Alvarez given second all-American recognition Southeast Missouri State University pitcher Tim Alvarez picked up his second all-American honor Tuesday after being picked for the all-American third team from the National College Baseball Writers Association...
    In defense of the fence (06/11/03)
    People choose to live in neighborhoods for a hundred reasons -- the house, the commute, the schools -- but almost never the neighbor. The people next door are the luck of the draw, and most of us don't want to take chances. That's a big reason why there are still fences...
    Father reminds his daughters to take time for home cooking (06/11/03)
    NEW YORK -- Dedicating a cookbook to his daughters doesn't reflect the limits of Tony Casillo's fatherly feelings. When you publish such a book you clearly have a paternal concern in seeing that everyone is well fed. The book is "Tony Casillo's Family Cookbook: A Treasure Trove of Recipes and Cooking Advice From a Dad to his Daughters" (Reader's Digest, 2003, $30). ...
    A blueprint for fences (06/11/03)
    A BLUEPRINT FOR FENCES The first step to building a fence is talk to the neighbors. "So often, people build without consulting and put the fence on the wrong side of the property line," says Dave Keim, chief of code enforcement for Los Angeles. "Economically, it's a good idea, because sometimes the neighbor will help pay for it."...
    New polymer fence looks and acts like wrought iron (06/11/03)
    Homeowners can claim another victory in the revolt against high-maintenance exterior products. Polymer fencing is shoving aside its wrought iron ancestor. A new class of ultra-high strength, ultra-low maintenance, solid polymer fence offers relief from the sand-scrape-paint maintenance routine dreaded for decades by metal fence owners...
    Marinades add variety to grilled meats (06/11/03)
    Another year of school has come and gone, and the children are all about 5 inches taller than they were at the start of the school year. Lexie's teacher and I were looking at pictures from the beginning of school, and she has changed so much. She has lost that toddler, little-girl look and is taking on the look of a first-grader. ...
    There are many ways we love U.S. (06/11/03)
    Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone who has written to me so far about why you love America. Your writing has provided such an uplifting week, especially on the stormy Tuesday. For those who haven't heard, the Southeast Missourian is publishing a special Spirit of America edition and inviting all of our readers to submit pieces of 250 words or less on why they love America. The deadline is in less than two weeks -- on June 20. We'll publish them July 1, along with your name and hometown...
    Alpha Ricketts (06/11/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Alpha O. Ricketts, 104, of Marble Hill died Monday, June 9, 2003, at Eldercare in Marble Hill. She was born Feb. 11, 1899, at Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Edward and Julia Shenimann Reck. She and Chauncey Ricketts were married March 8, 1922, at Lutesville...
    Charles Myers (06/11/03)
    GRANITE CITY, Ill. -- Charles Floyd Myers, 83, of Granite City, died Monday, June 9, 2003, at Gateway Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Lutesville, Mo., son of Charles and Jane Shell Myers. He and Ina Ward of Lutesville were married Oct. 26, 1940...
    Cecilia Weisler (06/11/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cecilia M. Weisler, 89, of Perryville died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born March 2, 1914, in Perry County, daughter of Frank J. and Georgia A. Tucker Manche. She and Herbert J. Weisler were married July 22, 1934, at Sereno, Mo. He died Jan. 14, 1993...
    Elmer Heise (06/11/03)
    Elmer T. Heise, 98, of Egypt Mills, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at the Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Aug. 1, 1904, in Egypt Mills, son of Albert and Louise Baker Heise. He and Hazel Maevers were married in September 1931 at Egypt Mills. She died March 4, 1983...
    Maple Milton (06/11/03)
    Maple Milton, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at her home. She was born March 10, 1923, in Gillett, Ark., daughter of Eddie and Emma Carson Green. She and Dennis Milton Sr. were married in 1950 in Arkansas. He preceded her in death...
    Marietta Yakstis (06/11/03)
    GOREVILLE, Ill. -- Marietta Yakstis, 62, of Goreville died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Sea Grove Beach, Fla. She was born Jan. 12, 1941, in Elco, Ill., daughter of Elmer and Ethel Engieman Butler. Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Carroll of Tampa, Fla.; a son, Donald Yakstis of Carbondale, Ill.; her mother of Jonesboro, Ill.; two brothers, Wayne Butler of Dongola, Ill., Ed Butler of Centralia, Ill.; a sister, Elsie Butler of Metropolis, Ill.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren...
    Florence Diebold (06/11/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Florence Diebold, 74, of Chaffee died Monday, June 9, 2003, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 29, 1928, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of Joseph Michael and Theresa Heuring Welter. She and Raymond Diebold were married Nov. 8, 1949...
    Jack Hinson (06/11/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Jack R. Hinson, 67, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Union County Hospital. He was born May 14, 1936, in Hohenwald, Tenn., son of Joe and Mary Rose Hinson. He and Patty Penrod were married May 5, 1961, in Anna, Ill. He was the owner of a tire business and drove a school bus in Murphysboro, Ill...
    Arthur Proffer (06/11/03)
    Arthur Ray Proffer, 78, of Jackson died Monday, June 9, 2003, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He had been a resident there six years. He was born Jan. 26, 1925, at Whitewater, son of Ray and Marie Jones Proffer. Orphaned at an early age, Arthur Ray was raised by his paternal grandparents, Harvey Lee and Marzilla Fulbright Proffer, and Aunt Desdia and Uncle Lee Proffer. He and Leanna Phillips were married in 1954. She passed away in 1987...
    'Bud' Miller (06/11/03)
    Keith "Bud" Miller, 84, passed away Monday, June 9, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call between 4 to 8 p.m. today, with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. at the McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by interment in Hobbs Chapel Cemetery near Cape Girardeau, along with a military honor guard graveside service. The Rev. Janet Hopkins will officiate...
    Earl Andrews (06/11/03)
    NEW MADRID, Mo. -- William Earl Andrews, 75, of New Madrid died Monday, June 9, 2003, in New Madrid. He was born April 29, 1928, in Cleveland, Ark., son of John and Ora Jordan Andrews. He and Rena Warren were married March 9, 1949, in Piggott, Ark. Andrews had worked at Associated Natural Gas Co. He was a member of New Madrid Church of Christ, New Madrid Kiwanis Club and Masonic Lodge, and Volunteer Fire Department. He coached Little League baseball several years...
    Births 6/11/03 (06/11/03)
    Petzoldt Son to Neil Douglas and Kristy Dawn Petzoldt of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:29 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2003. Name, William Douglas. Weight, 7 pounds 10 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Petzoldt is the former Kristy Nagel, daughter of Mike and Brenda Nagel of Jackson. She is a nurse at Physicians Alliance Surgery Center. Petzoldt is the son of Raymond and Donna Petzoldt of Jackson. He is a technician at Procter & Gamble...
    Cape fire reports 6/11/03 (06/11/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, June 11 Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 8:25 p.m., strange odor at 1458 N. Kingshighway. At 8:30 p.m., medical assist at 401 S. Pacific. At 11:19 p.m., gas leak at 1000 S. Ellis. At 11:25 p.m., medical assist at 1027 S. Ellis...
    Out of the past 6/11/03 (06/11/03)
    10 years ago: June 11, 1993 Three storms within last week have left Cape Girardeau public works crews scrambling to dispose of downed trees and tree limbs; crews are having to go back over some areas because of two storms Wednesday, which dumped more than inch of rain on city and brought high winds that uprooted trees and damaged power lines; on Friday, severe storm with high winds swept through city, tearing down trees and power lines...
    Lack of WMD is fiasco (06/11/03)
    By Chris Morrill Leftists lamented that many doomsday scenarios could unfold in the Iraq war. None of those scenarios, thankfully, transpired. One thing hardly anyone predicted was that no weapons of mass destruction would be found. Even the anti-war folks thought the WMD were probably there...
    Cape looks for strong city manager (06/11/03)
    When Cape Girardeau's mayor and city council announced the recent firing of city manager Mike Miller, there were nods of approval from some residents and murmurs of dismay from others -- even though many of these folks had never met the man whose job for the past seven-plus years was to manage all the complicated municipal services...
    Americans should be angry at lies, loss of life (06/11/03)
    To the editor: The Bush administration said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, a potential nuclear capability and links to al-Qaida and terrorism. The imminent threat that these posed to the United States and the world were the justifications for war. Many Americans chose to believe their president, and Congress succumbed to fears these claims generated...
    Speak Out A 06/11/03 (06/11/03)
    Retrieving the dog I WOULD like to thank a very sweet young woman who picked up my dog on Main Street in Scott City after the dog got away from me. Thank you very much. School scare tactics REGARDING THE funding the schools will get: I think the paper will expose these scare tactics that are being used. We know the schools are not being cut back. They're not getting as much of an increase as they want. They've used for years...
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