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Stories from Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Hitting the jackpot (08/12/03)
John Gibson kept shaking his head, thinking, "This can't be true." He'd look at the newspaper, then back to the ticket and then at the newspaper again. "I did that three or four times," said Gibson, a 59-year-old retired postmaster. "I must have stared at that ticket for 30 minutes. I just thought it wasn't right. It couldn't be right."...
Geraldine Hirsch, KFVS founder's wife, dead at 101 (08/12/03)
As the founder of the KFVS radio and television stations, Oscar Hirsch was a more public figure than his wife, Geraldine. But she was very much his partner in everything he did, family members say. "She was very much either right there by his side or the person who helped keep a lot of those accomplishments organized or earned them herself," said one of her grandsons, Gregory Keith Deimund of Cape Girardeau. "It was a team effort."...
Corps of Engineers begins reduction of Missouri River (08/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Army Corps of Engineers has begun dropping Missouri River water levels and will be in compliance with a federal judge's order by Tuesday evening. The corps said Monday it had slowed water releases from 26,000 cubic feet per second, or cfs, to 25,000 cfs, which is the minimum needed for navigation...
Esxperts predict a jump in natural gas, propane prices (08/12/03)
With the dog days of summer beating down on us, staying warm is hardly a problem. But it might be this winter. As if last year's winter heating bills weren't high enough, all signs are pointing to an even greater hike this winter. With their July bill, Missouri Natural Gas customers who participate in the Budget Billing program received notice that their rates would be increasing with the next bill. ...
Republicans field rare entry in Bootheel House race (08/12/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With hopes of completing its sweep of Bootheel legislative seats, the Republican Party will field a candidate for state representative from a Pemiscot County-based district for the first time in 23 years. The local Republican committee last week chose radio announcer Bill Wagner of Hayward as the party's nominee to face Dr. Terry Swinger, a Caruthersville Democrat, in the Nov. 4 special election to fill the vacant 162nd District seat in the House of Representatives...
Jackson school agenda 8/12 (08/12/03)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 7 p.m. today 614 E. Adams St. On the agenda: Presentation by Jackson High School FBLA Approval of bus routes Approval of policy changes Approval of community center partnership study
The wonders of driving (08/12/03)
OK, I know teenagers aren't the greatest drivers in the world. I understand that completely (I've totaled a car already). But why do people, like middle-aged men and women, have to automatically assume that we're horrible drivers as soon as they see a young person behind the wheel?...
'The Great Escape' not a great game (08/12/03)
Stealth is getting out of hand. The latest title to feature the sneaky style of play is "The Great Escape" from Pivotal and Gotham Games. The reasoning behind basing a 2003 video game on a 1963 movie is a topic for another day. The film has achieved cult status and is one of the movies most closely tied to the legend of Steve McQueen...
Faces of 2morrow 8/12/03 (08/12/03)
Area students get scholarships to MSU Three local students have received scholarships to Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Jessica Wilkinson, a 2003 graduate of Jackson High School, received the honor scholarship. She is the daughter of Tim Wilkinson of Marble Hill and Steve and Sandy Mize of Jackson...
Let the games begin - Rock band uses video games as opening act (08/12/03)
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Now opening for the dark-rock band Evanescence: Luke Skywalker, extreme snowboarders and the claymation man-and-dog duo Wallace and Gromit. Seeking new eyeballs and thumbs for its video games, Nintendo is using the Evanescence tour to showcase game characters at kiosks installed in concert venues. It's the latest cross-pollination between games and music, as record labels seek to introduce unknown bands and console manufacturers piggyback on big music acts...
End of fat camp can undo all its gains (08/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- The last of the children who went away to camp this summer to lose weight are returning home, where the odds are that they will regain whatever they lost. Experts in childhood obesity say the fat fight is won or lost with the child's parents, not counselors...
Propane prices also on the rise (08/12/03)
Daily American Republic It's not just natural gas customers who might be facing bigger heating bills this winter. Odds are propane consumers will be feeling the pinch as well. "Natural gas is the heartbeat of the winter fuel business. When it goes up, you see the other kinds go up," said Russ Philips, district manager at Home Service Oil Company in Poplar Bluff. ...
Marble Hill man facing attempted murder charge (08/12/03)
A Marble Hill, Mo., man is accused of planning to gun down a supposed romantic rival within sight of the Jackson police station. Jackson police say Timothy Dale Lincoln, 30, of 1877 County Road 371, intended to shoot Gary Eldridge of Jackson at the Rhodes 101 service station on Sunday because he suspected the man of having an affair with his live-in girlfriend. Lincoln is charged with attempted murder...
Junior high's cafeteria addition mostly finished (08/12/03)
There may be a warm breeze blowing and the pizza might be served on paper plates, but Central Junior High's cafeteria will, for the most part, be in working order when school starts Wednesday. Everything but the air-conditioning units and dishwashing line is complete on a $200,000 expansion project that will allow the school to lengthen lunch periods and cut down on class scheduling problems...
Hitting the jackpot (08/12/03)
John Gibson kept shaking his head, thinking, "This can't be true." He'd look at the newspaper, then back to the ticket and then at the newspaper again. "I did that three or four times," said Gibson, a 59-year-old retired postmaster. "I must have stared at that ticket for 30 minutes. I just thought it wasn't right. It couldn't be right."...
Students prepare for first day of school (08/12/03)
They've got the supplies and schedules -- and a slight case of anxiety. It's not unusual for students to be a little nervous about their first day at school, especially if it means starting class in a new building, with new faces and new teachers...
Bored youngsters run into frustrated town elders (08/12/03)
PRINCETON, Ill. -- It is another summer night in this sleepy town and a few dozen young people are in a downtown park, standing around or plunked on the hoods of cars, telling stories, smoking and laughing at each other's jokes. Such activity -- or inactivity -- has been going on in small towns across the country for years. In Princeton, town officials want it stopped...
Woman takes command of Missouri Guard unit (08/12/03)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A woman is commanding the Missouri National Guard's 135th Signal Battalion for the second time in three years. Lt. Col. Michele A. Melton, of Aurora, took over the St. Joseph-based unit in a change-of-command ceremony Sunday. "Together we can carry on the tradition where citizen-soldiers make a difference," Melton said...
Missouri quarter enters into circulation on state's 182nd birth (08/12/03)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- The new and much debated commemorative Missouri quarter has entered circulation. A pony express rider delivered the coin to the Missouri State Fair during a Sunday celebration of the state's 182nd birthday. Gov. Bob Holden then placed the coin on a map of the nation, with help from his wife, Lori Hauser Holden, and Henrietta Holsman Fore, director of the U.S. Mint...
St. Louis police shoot, kill suspect (08/12/03)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend was shot and killed by St. Louis County police Monday after trying to run over two officers, police said. The incident began at around 3:45 a.m. when police were called about a disturbance at a convenience store in south St. Louis County, police Lt. Jon Belmar said. Officers were told a man had assaulted his girlfriend and then stolen her Ford Expedition...
Jury orders Microsoft to shell out $520 million (08/12/03)
CHICAGO -- A federal court jury awarded a Chicago-based software company and the University of California more than $520.5 million damages Monday after finding that Microsoft Corp. infringed on a patent. Microsoft said it would appeal the verdict by the jury of eight men and four women following a five-week trial before U.S. District James B. Zagel...
California draws to determine order of recall ballot (08/12/03)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In a display that looked more like a Las Vegas Keno game, election officials held a lottery-style drawing Monday to determine where the nearly 200 candidates seeking to replace Gov. Gray Davis will appear on the Oct. 7 recall ballot...
Using pumps instead of ice chests may affect kidney transplants (08/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- It's a scene familiar from TV dramas, a helicopter racing an ice chest holding a precious donated organ to waiting surgeons. But instead of storing kidneys on ice, a few transplant centers hook them to complex machines that pump special fluids through the blood vessels...
Nation digest 08/12/03 (08/12/03)
Feds fine woman for being human shield SARASOTA, Fla. -- A retired schoolteacher who went to Iraq to serve as a "human shield" against the U.S. invasion is facing thousands of dollars in U.S. government fines, which she refuses to pay. The U.S. Department of the Treasury said in a March letter to Faith Fippinger that she broke the law by crossing the Iraqi border before the war. ...
Alaska police clash with village officials over carrying guns (08/12/03)
HOOPER BAY, Alaska -- When this town's seven police officers go on patrol, they never reach for their guns. That's because Hooper Bay is the only known municipality in the United States whose police officers are forbidden to carry firearms. Town leaders say they fear guns will just make the village more dangerous, even in the hands of cops. Police say town leaders are being unreasonable and insist guns can make the town safer...
Unabomber wants papers, bomb back (08/12/03)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Unabomber Ted Kaczynski has asked the government to return his personal papers and other materials, including a bomb seized by the FBI. Kaczynski asked a federal judge to make the government ship the materials to a University of Michigan archive that already contains more than 15,000 of his papers...
Washington's Mount Rainier called 'monumental threat' (08/12/03)
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. -- Wedding cake white and big beyond words, Mount Rainier floats above Puget Sound like a child's dream of what a mountain might be. Dreams of Rainier come in handy here, for the mountain itself has a habit of disappearing in clouds for weeks or even months on end. ...
Lutherans take note of Episcopal gay bishop vote (08/12/03)
MILWAUKEE -- The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said Monday he was "mindful" that the Episcopal Church confirmed its first openly gay bishop last week, but his denomination would not quickly follow suit. Separately, a leading Roman Catholic clergyman said the Episcopal vote had "serious implications in the search for Christian unity."...
Analysts - Spending on Iraq could reach hundreds of billions (08/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. bill for rebuilding Iraq and maintaining security there is widely expected to exceed the war's price tag, but the Bush administration is offering only hazy details about the multibillion-dollar totals. Private analysts have estimated that the cost of U.S. military and nation-building operations in Iraq could reach $600 billion...
Celebrities protest vast wind farm proposed off Mass. coast (08/12/03)
BOSTON -- The rich and famous have long flocked to the beaches of Cape Cod and the island seclusion of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket -- a land of sailboats and quaint vacation homes. Now some of these celebrities want to make sure wind turbines don't become a part of the scenery...
Schwarzenegger avoids issues, but strategy could be successful (08/12/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Arnold Schwarzenegger's brief campaign for governor has so far relied on his star power, famous one-liners and appearances on entertainment television. The action star has avoided having to detail his views on social issues or give a plan to fix California's enormous fiscal troubles, but some analysts say he might be better off sticking with generalities and avoiding specifics that opponents and the media could pick apart...
People talk 8/12 (08/12/03)
Jessica Simpson, hubby croon through show Jessica Simpson took the stage at a launch party for her new CD with perhaps her biggest fan. The 23-year-old singer crooned about love and loss with fellow singer and husband, Nick Lachey. Lachey, of the boy band 98 Degrees, also performed a few songs from his new solo album "Soulo," which will be released Sept. 9...
Police say Marriott suspects linked to Bali bombing (08/12/03)
The Los Angeles Times JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Two skilled bomb-makers who allegedly assembled the deadly Bali car bomb last year are likely suspects in the Marriott hotel blast in Jakarta that killed 11 people, police said Monday. Dr. Azahari Husin, a Malaysian university lecturer, and Dulmatin, an Indonesian electronics expert, have evaded a manhunt for the past nine months and may have made the bomb that struck the Marriott. ...
Liberia's president heads into exile (08/12/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Charles Taylor, the warlord who brought 14 years of death and destruction to Liberia, yielded the presidency Monday under pressure from rebels, the United States and West African neighbors -- but not before vowing, "I will be back."...
Haitian town sees light after many years in the darkness (08/12/03)
PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti -- For the first time in years, the Haitians of Petit-Goave are seeing the light -- regularly. Children in the small coastal town no longer have to squint under dim kerosene lamps, vendors can serve frosty drinks, and people feel safer...
Arab states will deal with Iraq's Governing Council (08/12/03)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Arab states will deal with the U.S.-appointed Governing Council in Iraq but not recognize it as a legitimate government, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said Monday. Maher spoke at the end of a hastily convened meeting of foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria...
Israel to release 69 prisoners (08/12/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's president commuted the sentences of 69 Palestinian prisoners on Monday, clearing the way for their release, but a Palestinian official dismissed the gesture as meaningless. The exchange reflected the general freeze in peace moves under the U.S.-backed "road map" plan, despite six weeks of dramatically reduced violence during a unilateral Palestinian cease-fire...
Protests, bombs raise tension before Turkish ceremony (08/12/03)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A bomb explosion and the discovery of two other bombs raised tensions Sunday, just hours before the wedding of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son in front of some 10,000 guests and dignitaries. No injuries or damage was reported after the explosion, but some 5,000 police, including sharpshooters perched on roofs near the wedding site, were deployed...
Alleged mastermind denies role in October Bali blasts (08/12/03)
BALI, Indonesia -- The alleged mastermind of last year's deadly Bali bombings testified Monday that he is not afraid of a death sentence but denied involvement in the blasts. Imam Samudra, a 33-year-old textile merchant, declared his innocence when he read out a formal defense plea in the Oct. 12 blasts that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists...
NATO takes on first mission outside Europe (08/12/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Stepping beyond the bounds of Europe for the first time in its 54-year history, NATO took command Monday of the 5,000-strong peacekeeping force in Afghanistan -- the clearest sign yet that the world's most powerful military alliance is adopting new strategies in the global war on terror...
Burundi fighting forces thousands to leave homes (08/12/03)
BUJUMBURA, Burundi -- Renewed fighting between rebels and government troops over the weekend forced at least 3,000 people to flee their homes, a government official said Monday. Ignace Ntawembarira, governor of Bujumbura-Rural province outside the capital, said the fighting broke out Sunday when rebels from the larger of two factions of the National Liberation Forces fired on government troops on patrol in a rebel-held neighborhood...
Auction offers lucky license plates (08/12/03)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's first auction of lucky license plates drew about a thousand bidders Monday, with the high bid -- $95,200 -- going for number 9999. The winner, Communications Minister Suriya Jungrungraungkit, said he was sure his purchase was worth it, because of the luck it would bring, and because he could sell it at a profit...
Britain reports progress in talks with Libya over 1988 bombing (08/12/03)
LONDON -- Britain reported progress Monday in talks with American and Libyan officials about the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that claimed 270 lives. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said no announcement of a settlement was immediately forthcoming, and no further meetings were planned at the moment...
Study - Agent Orange still sickens people throughout Vietnam (08/12/03)
HANOI, Vietnam -- Decades after the wartime defoliant Agent Orange was sprayed over Vietnam, toxic chemicals continue to contaminate Vietnamese people and the food they eat, according to a new study released Monday. The finding, published in the August issue of the Journal of Occupation and Environmental Medicine, found that six out of 16 food samples taken last year from around the southern city of Bien Hoa, a former U.S. ...
World briefs 8/12/03 (08/12/03)
Malawi's Anglican bishop threatens rift with U.S. BLANTYRE, Malawi -- Malawi's top Anglican leader said Monday he was considering severing ties between his 600,000-strong flock and the U.S. Episcopal Church if it does not reverse its confirmation of a gay bishop...
India's largest oil company helicopter crashes with 29 aboard (08/12/03)
BOMBAY, India -- A helicopter chartered by one of India's largest oil companies crashed into the Arabian Sea near Bombay with 29 people on board, a company spokeswoman said Monday. Three people have been rescued so far, a coast guard official said...
Colombian children make charcoal to put food on the table (08/12/03)
SOACHA, Colombia -- Jose Luis Lamus Rocha is small for his 14 years but has the hardened features of an adult. Jose Luis and his 10 brothers and sisters haven't had much of a childhood. When they're not in school, they work from morning until night with their mother, making charcoal to sell to restaurants and bakeries...
Baylor president says no booster paid basketball players (08/12/03)
WACO, Texas -- No booster was involved in paying Baylor basketball players, and the school has no "slush fund," university president Robert Sloan said Monday. He would not elaborate on where two athletes got money for tuition, an NCAA violation that led to the resignations of coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton on Friday...
Southeast lands in top 25 of two preseason polls (08/12/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's Indians began their second week of practice Monday as the nation's 20th-ranked NCAA Division I-AA college football team. Although the Indians already had been rated 16th nationally in the preseason by Athlon magazine, the two major polls -- The Sports Network and USA Today/ESPN -- released their first preseason top 25 rankings Monday...
Clarett meets with Ohio St., NCAA officials (08/12/03)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett met with Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger and NCAA officials on Monday, and the running back said he believed he would return to practice this week. Clarett is being held out of practice with the defending national champions because of investigations by the NCAA and the university...
Furcal's rarity adds to an exclusive triple list (08/12/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The fact Woody Williams handles the bat better than most pitchers led to the rarest play in baseball. Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal turned only the 12th unassisted triple play in major league history Sunday night, with the Cardinals' 14-game winner serving as the fall guy in a game the Cardinals rallied to win 3-2. Making solid contact made Williams a footnote to history...
Magazine says Springfield is top sports town in state (08/12/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Jackie Stiles returned to the scene of her college basketball glory to help honor Springfield as Sports Illustrated's Missouri's Sportstown. "Springfield, I just want to say thanks," said Stiles, who set the women's college scoring record as a guard at Southwest Missouri State. "You're great. You definitely deserve this honor."...
Clijsters passes Serena for No. 1 (08/12/03)
Kim Clijsters officially replaced Serena Williams at No. 1 Monday, becoming the first woman to lead the rankings without having won a Grand Slam tournament. Clijsters is the 12th player atop the WTA Tour's computer rankings since they began in 1975, and she's the first Belgian...
The Olympic 'miracle' worker dead at 66 (08/12/03)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Herb Brooks, who coached the U.S. hockey team to the "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, died Monday in a car accident. He was 66. The Hall of Famer lost control of his minivan, veering onto a grassy area at a highway intersection north of the Twin Cities and rolling over...
Edmonds gives Cards a break against Pirates (08/12/03)
PITTSBURGH -- On an unusual night that saw their six pitchers give up 17 hits in a winning effort, the Cardinals' best arm belonged to Jim Edmonds. Albert Pujols and Bo Hart homered in the first inning, and the Cardinals, relying again on solo homers and Edmonds' exceptional throwing, held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Monday...
Sluman's week off to shaky start (08/12/03)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The trick for Jeff Sluman is to remind himself that the PGA Championship is just like any of the other 57 majors he has played, and Oak Hill Country Club is just another golf course. If Monday was any indication, that won't be easy...
Faulk's knee gets closer look; condition is OK (08/12/03)
MACOMB, Ill. -- The Rams returned to practice Monday following their preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders without running back Marshall Faulk. Faulk had one of his knees knee examined in Los Angeles. Faulk bumped his knee eight to ten days ago and wanted to have it examined as a precaution, said coach Mike Martz. "It checked out fine, and he is expected to return to the team tonight or tomorrow," Martz said...
Maybe it's Iverson's turn to lead by example (08/12/03)
A league with an image problem lets the poster boy for selfishness take charge of its campaign to win back respectability. That's thinking so far outside the box it just might work. The story of how Allen Iverson wound up running Team NBA -- er, USA -- is too long and involved to recount in full here. ...
Buy-sell plans for small business owners (08/12/03)
Small businesses are often created in moments of inspiration, perspiration and desperation. A significant number of them leave the starting line with a roar only to sputter to a halt soon after. A few make it past this first marker, gain access to commercial credit, and use it shift into a growth gear...
Mueller - Successful selling -- be on top of your game (08/12/03)
People are saying the economy is turning around. Whether this is true or not, as sales people, we must always be on top of our game. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with some seasoned sales professionals. My job at hand was, according to their manager, "to excite and energize them" at their annual sales meeting...
Parker - Don't wait to plan your retirement (08/12/03)
Most of us find it easier to earn and spend money than to save it. Planning and saving for retirement too often take a back seat to other priorities. Why is procrastination the rule, rather than the exception when it comes to retirement planning? I've heard many reasons for my clients: thinking about retirement makes them uncomfortable; they're too busy to find time to plan for retirement; they're too young to worry about retirement; and retirement planning is too complicated. ...
Opinion - Governor sets back Missouri's economy through vetos (08/12/03)
By Daniel Mehan president Missouri Chamber of Commerce JEFFERSON CITY -- In the recently concluded legislative session, Missouri lawmakers made several positive steps to improve Missouri's business climate. Driven by the fact that Missouri led the nation in job loss in 2002, legislators worked hard to stop the epidemic...
Home Depot opens in Poplar Bluff (08/12/03)
Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- He has been an employee of Home Depot for 13 years. What started out as a job as lot attendant eventually led Home Depot store manager Tom Lynch to Poplar Bluff. "I started with Home Depot in 1990," said Lynch. "I started out as lot attendant and worked my way up." Lynch grew up in the small town of Sequim, Wash., population 2,000...
Cape Girardeau County tax liens (08/12/03)
Cape Girardeau County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Janet Robert, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds, during the month of July 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 243-8123...
Port authority to elevate property for possible tenant (08/12/03)
Business Today SCOTT CITY -- The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority on July 30 unveiled a $500,000 project intended to attract industry to its Scott County port. The port currently faces a lack of land above flood level. The project will address that need by elevating a 12-acre plot of land adjacent to its slackwater harbor above flood level...
Economic agency is retooling after state fund cuts (08/12/03)
Business Today JEFFERSON CITY -- Following a major reorganization necessitated by three years of budget cuts, Missouri Department of Economic Development officials hope to create a streamlined and more efficient agency. But department director Joe Driskill acknowledged it will no longer be able to offer all of the services businesses used in the past...
Keene - Children not prepared for financial world (08/12/03)
Teaching financial skills to our children in today's complex financial world is as critical as teaching hunting and farming skills to children hundreds of years ago. Yet virtually every study and survey about children's knowledge of managing money shows our children receiving failing grades. ...
Bankruptcies for August 2003 (08/12/03)
Bankruptcies filed through Aug. 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...
Stoddard County tax liens (08/12/03)
Stoddard County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of July 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 568-3444...
Roadwork finished on Mount Auburn in Cape (08/12/03)
Business Today Cape Girardeau drivers dreading more weeks of detours around Independence Street at Mount Auburn Road got a surprise Aug. 1 The intersection was open to traffic in all directions. Melanie Gertis, assistant city engineer, said contractor Lappe Cement Finishing of Perryville picked up the pace because company officials realized how vital that intersection is to traffic flow. The project began July 17...
Letter -Governor wrong to veto unemployment compensation reform (08/12/03)
To the editor: I am writing in response to Governor Holden's recent veto of Senate Bill 2, unemployment compensation reform. As most already know, the unemployment trust fund became bankrupt in March of this year. Senate Bill 2 was an attempt to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue and to make the program more responsive to economic downturns...
People news (08/12/03)
Southeast Missouri James Puckett has joined Robinson Construction Co. in Perryville as an estimator and cost engineer. Doug Watson has been appointed community bank president of the Cape Girardeau-area market of Union Planters Bank. Michele Bolen has been promoted to specialty leasing manager at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park in Cape Girardeau...
Cape's William Street intersection to get traffic signal (08/12/03)
Business Today The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to add traffic signals at William Street and Farrar Drive, place a concrete median on William and include an extra left-turn lane from William onto northbound Mount Auburn. "What we've heard from the people and the business owners out there is that traffic is getting so heavy, it's very difficult to turn left out of Farrar Drive and out of the Holiday Inn," said Barry Horst, the project engineer for MoDOT. ...
Illinoisans want I-66; state plans to move forward (08/12/03)
Business Today CARBONDALE, Ill. - Based on broad public support, Illinois officials July 23 announced their intentions to move forward to bring Interstate 66 through Southern Illinois to Cape Girardeau's new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. The announcement on the proposed cross-country highway that would link California and Virginia comes after a June 17 public hearing in Ullin, Ill., and a 15-day period of public comment that saw 84 percent of the responses from Illinois residents supportive of an Illinois corridor.. ...
MoDOT outlines projects for Cape County (08/12/03)
Business Today State highway officials plan to blow up and remove Cape Girardeau's old Mississippi River bridge next year, sending tons of steel and concrete crashing into the muddy water - a $3.88 million spectacle that's expected to draw a crowd...
Business briefs (08/12/03)
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CAPE GIRARDEAU Diamond Wireless has opened at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. The owners are Sean Simon and David Creech. RE/MAX Achievers, real estate company, has relocated to 107 S. Broadview. New members of the Chamber of Commerce are Todd Marchi of Goedecke Co., William Faust of H&F Machine, Melinda Carter of Heartland Gift Baskets, Bill Regenberg of Image Graphics, Kendra Harris of Jayson Jewelers, Michael Payne of Limbaugh, Russell, Payne & Howard, Janice Cook of Financial Network, Polly Kollme of Sunbelt Credit, Robert Steinberg of Cape Girardeau Country Club, Angela Mayberry of Corporate Airlines, Laura Westrich of Heartland Home Health Care, Ron Spell of Poplar Bluff Internet, Doug Watson of Union Planters Bank.. ...
Sewer, utilities added to vacant industrial park (08/12/03)
$1.5 million investment Business Today JACKSON -- The city has equipped one area of town with new utilities, hoping that an empty piece of city-owned property will yield more jobs. The city purchased the 60-acre industrial park on U.S. 61 in March 1998 for $913,000 from the Mayme Jenkins family. The land is located about three miles from Interstate 55...
Ultimate Flooring -- business success found under foot (08/12/03)
By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON - Darrin Johnson knew he wanted a challenge. After nine years of working for another Sikeston business, he opened Ultimate Flooring Inc. Located inside the House of Color at 311 E. Malone Ave., Ultimate Flooring provides complete lines of flooring from carpeting to hardwood to stone...
Bazzell & Wilder John Deere dealership expands (08/12/03)
Business Today KENNETT -- Bazzell & Wilder, the John Deere dealership in Kennett, has expanded its operations with the acquisition of Piggott Tractor and Equipment Co. in Piggott, Ark. Harry Bazzell and John Wilder acquired the John Deere dealership in Piggott recently...
Recognitions (08/12/03)
Southeast Missouri Kyle Brost, O.D.; Lyle Davis; and Dr. Jerry Kinder have been elected to the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation. Entering into their three-year terms, these new foundation board additions have joined newly elected board chairman John Layton, vice chairman Kathy Swan, treasurer Steve Taylor and secretary Marvin Adams. Layton succeeds Kevin Govero, who served as chairman for the past two years...
Scott County tax liens (08/12/03)
Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of July 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...
Innovation center at SEMO looks toward fall start (08/12/03)
Business Today Southeast Missouri State University has hired Dennis Roedemeier as director for a technology park on 410 acres of farmland along Interstate 55 north of Cape Girardeau. Roedemeier previously worked for the state Department of Economic Development...
U.S. Chamber applauds Senate passage of energy bill (08/12/03)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Chamber of Commerce recently complimented the Senate for passing meaningful energy legislation. "Millions of energy consumers - and those employed in energy intensive industries - are breathing a sigh of relief," said Bruce Josten, Chamber executive vice president. "Our nation is one step closer to a balanced, long-term energy strategy that ensures affordable and reliable energy supplies for our future."...
Two phases done of five-phase medical project (08/12/03)
Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Plans to build a new 50-bed hospital in Poplar Bluff are moving along, but there is still no definite time frame as to when construction might actually begin. Poplar Bluff Medical Partners' five-phase plan, which includes building a 90,000-square-foot office building and a 50-bed in-patient facility at PBMP's medical park on PP Highway, was laid out by PBMP representatives to local civic leaders and members of the business community in late July...
Monitor shipments down; LCDs up (08/12/03)
CNET News.com Despite a general downturn in shipments of desktop-computer monitors, shipments of liquid-crystal displays surged in the first quarter of the year, according to a new report. LCD monitors, also called flat-panel monitors, accounted for 37 percent of overall desktop monitor shipments in the first quarter, up from 30 percent in the last quarter of 2002, according to a study by market research firm DisplaySearch. ...
Dexter hospital buys clinic, adds staff (08/12/03)
Business Today DEXTER -- The medical community in Dexter just became larger and more unified. Missouri Southern Healthcare (MSH) recently announced the asset acquisition of Rehm Clinic. Under the agreement, MSH will begin managing the operations of the facility and will lease the building from Rehm Properties LLC...
Economic director - Unemployment outlook positive (08/12/03)
suntimesnews.com JEFFERSON CITY - Unemployment was down in both Perry and Ste. Genevieve Counties in June, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Ste. Genevieve, however, fell only one-tenth of 1 percent between June 2002 and June 2003, going from 6.2 to 6.1. The rate had been 5.0 in May 2003...
Opinion - Bad medicine for small business? (08/12/03)
By Karen Kerrigan chairman and founder Small Business Survival Committee WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Could the prescription drug entitlement being considered by Congress negatively impact small businesses? In reviewing the findings of various research studies, small businesses have every reason to be concerned...
Louise Norton (08/12/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Louise Marshall Norton, 87, of Perryville, formerly of Jackson, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, in Perryville. She was born Feb. 29, 1916, in Eddyville, Ky., daughter of Matt C. and Nellie Riley Marshall. She married Luther James Norton...
Geraldine Hirsch (08/12/03)
Anna Geraldine Fitzgerald Hirsch of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was 101. She was born Aug. 3, 1902, in Warsaw, Mo., daughter of Dr. Michael Montgomery Fitzgerald and Anna May Spangenburg Fitzgerald. She married Oscar Christian Hirsch in 1925...
Kyle Staggs (08/12/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kyle M. Staggs, 24, of Perryville died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, in Perryville. He was born Aug. 26, 1978, in Perryville, son of Kenneth G. and Sharon K. Holzum Staggs. Staggs was a logistics specialist with Remedy Express in Carbondale, Ill. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville...
Billy Middleton (08/12/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Billy A. Middleton, 63, of Sikeston died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at his home. He was born Dec. 15, 1939, in Henderson County, Tenn., son of David Arthur and Helen Lucille Baxter Middleton. Middleton was a 1958 graduate of Lilbourn High School and active in sports and other school events. He was a member of the Eagles...
Mildred Brown (08/12/03)
Mildred F. Brown, 92, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Jackson Manor. She was born June 18, 1911, in Bollinger County, daughter of Phillip E. and Azie Limbaugh Bollinger. She and Shelby Brown were married Oct. 4, 1933. He preceded her in death Aug. 29, 1998...
Elizabeth Jones (08/12/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- Elizabeth Ann Jones, 56, of Benton died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at her home. She was born April 8, 1947, at Charleston, Mo., daughter of George and Rita Elizabeth Sisk Vinson. She first married Morris Hale. She and Johnny Jones were married Jan. 27, 1993...
Aaron Pearson (08/12/03)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Aaron M. Pearson, 15, of Cobden died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, in an automobile accident on Lick Creek Road in Union County, Ill. He was born July 7, 1988, in Carbondale, Ill., son of Kevin Cawthon and Michele R. Pearson. Pearson was a student at Cobden Junior High School...
Judith Riley (08/12/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Judith Kay Riley, 61, of Sikeston died Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at her home. She was born May 22, 1942, in Waterloo, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Gwendolyn Rose Scoles of Evansdale, Iowa. She was a homemaker for Tri County Home Health Care...
Zachary Vanausdoll (08/12/03)
GOREVILLE, Ill. -- Zachary Paul Vanausdoll, 17, of Goreville died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill., from injuries received in an automobile accident on Lick Creek Road in Union County. He was born Aug. 8, 1986, in Carbondale, Ill., son of George R. Patterson and Debra Vanausdoll...
Births 8/12/03 (08/12/03)
Redding Son to Matthew James and Gail Denice Redding of Perryville, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 8:54 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2003. Name, Christian James. Weight, 5 pounds 14 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Redding is the former Gail Allen, daughter of Wayne Allen of Doniphan, Mo., and the late Judy Allen. Redding is the son of Floyd and Jean Redding of Poplar Bluff, Mo. He is assistant manager at Wal-Mart in Perryville...
Cape/Jackson police reports 8/12/03 (08/12/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Aug. 12 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Alfonzo J. Fernandez, 36, of 1022 N. Middle, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Cape fire report 8/12/03 (08/12/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Aug. 12 Firefighters responded Sunday to the following item: At 11:59 p.m., alarm sounding at 1732 Northwoods Court.Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 2:23 a.m., dumpster fire at 1008 N. Kingshighway. At 6:59 a.m., alarm at 806 Enterprise...
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