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Route 25 finished for Jackson's start (08/14/03)
The resurfacing project on Route 25 in front of South Elementary in Jackson was completed Wednesday, just in time for the start of school today, Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Angie Wilson said. While the project's aim is to make the road smooth again, school officials were worried that one lane of traffic would make the start of school anything but...
Community digest 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
Civil War Round Table to meet Sunday The Cape Girardeau County Chapter of the Civil War Round Table will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Room at Hanover Lutheran Church, 2949 Perryville Road in Cape Girardeau. The speaker will be Rob Weeks, who will discuss "The Life of George Armstrong Custer." Interested individuals are invited to attend. Guests are welcome. For more information contact Rob Weeks at 335-8361 or Elroy Kinder at 334-4964...
Learning junior high math realities (08/14/03)
The alarm begins beeping at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, and Jason Bandermann is surprised at how easy it is to get out of bed this morning. By the end of the day, he will be laughed at, and the subject he teaches will be insulted. An object will be chucked at his head, and students will ignore what he has to say...
Fruitland reunion set for Aug. 31 (08/14/03)
Upcoming Fruitland School Reunion-- Local Ladies Meet Monthly With Former Teacher Local ladies meet monthly with their first grade grade teacher from Fruitland School. They are, front from left, first grade teacher Mary Beth Vogt, Ruth Tinnin; second row, left, Carolyn Thompson, Shirley Hahs, Dorothy Pfeiffer and Betty Palmer...
Community Q&A 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
Name: Jonell McNeely Lives in: Rural Cape Girardeau County Family: Four grown kids, three granddaughters. Job: Retired environmental specialist currently working on numerous part-time projects...
Library's summer program rewards youngsters for reading (08/14/03)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library's summer reading program held its grand-prize award drawing Aug. 1. Children from infant to 12 years who had read or been read to for a minimum of six hours, and were enrolled in the Cape Girardeau summer reading program, were eligible to enter the drawing to win a bike. Those who read an additional three hours were eligible for another chance in the drawing...
Project Charlie needs volunteers to help children (08/14/03)
Kim Kelley of Cape Girardeau, Project Charlie volunteer for six years, has two school-age children. She said, "Anything you can do to steer them away from drugs, you'll do." Children share information openly in the classrooms, indicating their exposure to drugs. Kelley said, "They educate us all the time. When a second-grader referred to marijuana as 'bud' I learned something."...
Improved impressions (08/14/03)
While eating lunch with his buddies in the Central Junior High cafeteria Wednesday, seventh-grader Andrew Westcott said the cafeteria personnel made a good first impression. "The lunch ladies are nice here," he said. "At the other school, when you accidentally lost silverware in the trash can, they would make you reach in and pull it out."...
New crime lab facility for area setting up shop (08/14/03)
Crime lab director Dr. Robert Briner says he's always run a professional operation. Now he has the facility to back him up. "It's a state-of-the-art lab," Briner said Wednesday of the new quarters for the Southeast Missouri Regional Crime Lab. "We've got rooms behind the rooms."...
Region briefs 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
Cape transit director voted to state board Jeff Brune, the executive director of the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority, has been voted to serve on the Missouri Public Transit Association's board of directors. The MPTA was formed in 1980 to provide a unified voice for public and specialized transportation providers in Missouri and to work toward making public transit a national priority...
Tourism tax proposal issue on Miner ballot in November (08/14/03)
Standard Democrat MINER, Mo. -- Miner voters will have another chance on Nov. 4 to authorize the diversion of their tourism tax money to the city for other uses. "I'm almost certain it will pass this time," Mayor Frank Tatum predicted during the regular Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday...
Lawmakers "fooled" into supporting repeal of special ed law (08/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers were "fooled" into supporting the repeal of a 30-year-old state law that required Missouri school districts to provide special educational services sufficient to maximize the abilities of disabled students, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutory change contends...
Suit alleges hospital debts were misleading (08/14/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Three southwest Missouri women allege in a federal lawsuit that a hospital system misled them by using a fictitious third party to collect overdue payments. The suit contends the hospital sent debts to Ozark Professional Collections, a division of Cox Medical Centers, and instructed staff not to tell alleged debtors it was part of the Springfield hospital system...
Missouri budget takes hit as taxpayers cash refunds (08/14/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Tax credits from the federal government will provide a windfall for some families with multiple children, but officials say they'll also mean $95 million in revenue losses for the Missouri budget. As taxpayers begin receiving $400-per-child refund checks and seeing increases on their pay stubs, state lawmakers are worrying about the lost tax revenue and how to deal with the shortage...
KC school districts to file lawsuit Friday over education funds (08/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group of Kansas City area school districts plans to file a lawsuit Friday challenging the state's authority to withhold money appropriated for Missouri's public schools. The group, which includes the Lee's Summit and Liberty school districts, plans to challenge Gov. ...
Judge ends racial case dividing up KC schools (08/14/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge ended one of the nation's most litigated school desegregation cases Wednesday after finding the Kansas City School District has made adequate progress in narrowing the achievement gap between black and white students...
Tax-cut spending called critical to recovery (08/14/03)
Jodi Fields is eyeing a digital camera. Luigi Esposito is buying a new boat. Jack Manasco is saving for a rainy day. What Americans do with the fatter paychecks or child tax-credit checks from President Bush's latest tax-cut package will play a critical role in the strength of the economy's anticipated rebound this year...
FBI - 50 more missile sales planned (08/14/03)
NEWARK, N.J. -- A suspected arms dealer ordered held without bond Wednesday began arranging to smuggle 50 more shoulder-fired missiles into the United States soon after securing one of the weapons, which he thought was intended to shoot down a jetliner, according to an FBI affidavit...
FDA approves souped-up wheelchair that climbs stairs (08/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Stairs are about to become less of an obstacle for some of the nation's 2 million wheelchair users. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a wheelchair that literally can go up and down steps -- as well as shift into four-wheel drive for grassy hills and elevate its occupant to standing height...
Childhood leukemia study gives new hope (08/14/03)
Survivors of the most common form of childhood leukemia should be considered cured if they live for 10 years without a relapse, new research concludes. Once thought untreatable, more than 80 percent of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia now survive at least five years. But they are still at risk for a return of the blood cancer, developing second cancers or other complications, making the definition of a cure uncertain...
People talk 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
'Storm Aid' features GIll, Grant in concert JACKSON, Tenn. -- About 6,000 people braved foul weather to hear country stars Vince Gill and Darryl Worley, along with Christian music singer Amy Grant, perform for a community still trying to recover from deadly weather in May...
Texas governor plans to keep calling sessions (08/14/03)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry indicated Wednesday he would continue calling special legislative sessions until Senate Democrats who fled the state to block a congressional redistricting bill show up to vote. "If there is work to be done, I expect the legislature to be here conducting" it, Perry said when asked if he would call another special session...
'Soft money' gains by Democrats raising millions to unseat Bush (08/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Less than a year since a law meant to remove big money from politics took effect, Democratic-leaning interest groups are working to raise millions in large donations in hopes of unseating President Bush and promoting their issues. Unlike national party committees, they can accept soft money -- contributions from corporations and unions in any size and unlimited donations from any source -- for next year's election...
Calif. certifies 135 contenders for recall election (08/14/03)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Voters will have 135 candidates to choose from to replace Gov. Gray Davis in California's historic recall election, the secretary of state's office said Wednesday after certifying the ballot. More than 110 of the 247 would-be governors who had submitted papers to run in the Oct. 7 special election were disqualified because of incomplete paperwork, state officials said...
Schwarzenegger names Warren Buffett as campaign adviser (08/14/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Warren Buffett as his senior financial and economic adviser in his bid to replace Gray Davis, the Republican's campaign announced Wednesday. Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, is a billionaire investor legendary for his financial prowess. He is also a Democrat...
Libya, families of bombing victims agree on fund (08/14/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The Libyan government signed an agreement Wednesday setting up a $2.7 billion fund for families of the 270 victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing -- a key step to lifting U.N. sanctions against Libya, according to an e-mail from the families' lawyers...
EU, U.S. work on farm subsidies cutbacks (08/14/03)
GENEVA -- The European Union and the United States reached a rare compromise on opening up international trade in farm goods Wednesday, sketching out plans to cut subsidies and import duties on a massive scale over the next few years. But now they face another hurdle -- filling in the blanks and persuading the other 130 members of the World Trade Organization that their plan will work. ...
Canada reports second SARS death in three days (08/14/03)
TORONTO -- A health-care worker died of SARS on Wednesday, becoming the 44th person killed by the pneumonia-like illness in Canada's largest city, and the second to die this week. The latest deaths come nearly six weeks after the World Health Organization removed Toronto from its list of SARS-infected areas, saying the city had contained the outbreak...
Castro marks birthday amid growing isolation (08/14/03)
HAVANA -- Fidel Castro, the world's longest-ruling leader, turns 77 Wednesday after a year that saw his communist-run island grow even more isolated as he lashed out at his European allies and jailed some of his most vocal critics. But despite rumors that he was in poor health, the bearded revolutionary has shown in recent weeks he still has the energy to give his traditional hours-long speeches and keep up a work schedule that would exhaust a much younger man...
Argentine lawmakers vote to annul amnesty laws (08/14/03)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- In a move that was cheered by human rights groups, legislators in Argentina's lower house voted to throw out amnesty laws that effectively ended trials over abuses during the country's military dictatorship. The House vote on Tuesday came after more than seven hours of debate during which lawmakers re-examined the legacy of the junta years...
U.S. soldiers return fire on demonstrators in Baghdad (08/14/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. soldiers shot into a crowd of thousands of demonstrators in a Baghdad slum on Wednesday, killing one civilian and wounding four after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at them, the military said. North of Baghdad, guerrillas killed two American troops...
Iraq resumes pumping oil through Turkish pipeline (08/14/03)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Iraq began pumping crude oil from its northern oil fields Wednesday for the first time since the war -- a milestone in the restoration of the country's oil production that augurs well for thirsty world markets. Iraq sits atop the world's second-largest proven crude reserves, and oil exports are vital to its postwar reconstruction and the success of U.S. ...
Bomb rips through bus in Afghanistan (08/14/03)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- An explosion ripped through a bus and heavy fighting erupted between government soldiers and Taliban remnants Wednesday, one of the bloodiest days in Afghanistan since U.S.-led forces ousted the hard-line Islamic regime. The bus bombing killed 15 civilians -- six of them children; the death toll for Wednesday -- including two explosions and gunbattles in two provinces -- was 58...
Saudis find militants infiltrated deeper than they realized (08/14/03)
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi authorities have uncovered a network of Islamic extremists, arms and sophisticated equipment operating in sleeper cells all over the kingdom. Saudi officials say they only became aware of the terrorist cells during a crackdown with more than 15 raids following the May 12 suicide bombings in the Saudi capital...
Israel's defense minister suspects Arafat in attacks (08/14/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's defense minister said Wednesday he suspects Yasser Arafat's hand in a pair of suicide bombings and that Israel should review its policy regarding the Palestinian leader, whom it has confined to the West Bank town of Ramallah for nearly two years...
Civilians, gunmen loot Liberian port (08/14/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Thousands of civilians and gunmen pillaged oil and sacks of grain from Monrovia's port Wednesday ahead of rebels' promised withdrawal, and the United States pledged 200 troops to bolster West African peacekeepers. A ship laden with humanitarian aid bobbed offshore, ready to deliver food and supplies to civilians starving and facing disease in the besieged capital, where many have subsisted on leaves...
Autopsy - Dennehy shot twice in head (08/14/03)
WACO, Texas -- An autopsy report released Wednesday shows that Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy was shot twice in the side of the head, but does not indicate whether the gun was fired at close range. Both gunshot wounds were above the right ear about 2 inches apart, the first slightly toward the back of the head and the other toward the front, according to the autopsy by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. ...
McDowell brings upbeat attitude into QB competition (08/14/03)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian According to Jeromy McDowell, whether he regains his position as Southeast Missouri State University's starting quarterback this year is not really the point. Although McDowell would love to lead the Indians' offense -- he knows record-setting Jack Tomco will be hard to beat out -- he's elated to be back on the field and 100 percent healthy...
An Outlaw at receiver - MU hopes former QB can finish strong (08/14/03)
The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Army Sgt. Eric Outlaw, out on the road for a conditioning run, smiled at the patter of little feet behind him. He knew that his 6-year-old son, Darius, was following him. "I ran two miles at my regular pace, and Darius was about 5 feet behind, matching me step for step," said Sgt. Outlaw, now a truck driver. "I thought he'd get exhausted and quit, but he stayed right with me. I was totally shocked."...
Chaffee to host national softball tournament (08/14/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Five teams are scheduled to play for a national softball title beginning today at Frisco Park in Chaffee. The Babe Ruth Softball National Invitation Tournament will feature 14-and-under teams from Missouri, Colorado, Kentucky and Louisiana in four days of games. It's the first time the event has been held in Chaffee...
Hull claims first win at Knoxville Speedway (08/14/03)
Jerrod Hull of Sikeston knows how it feels now to win at one of the world's most famed dirt tracks, and he'll try later this week to build on the experience. Hull won Saturday at Knoxville (Iowa) Speedway to kick off a weeklong series of races that leads to Saturday's 43rd annual Knoxville Nationals, an event that features more than $750,000 in prize money. ...
Kenseth can lead but just can't win (08/14/03)
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Matt Kenseth brushes aside talk that his steadiest of seasons could lead to NASCAR changing the way it awards points in the series standings. Kenseth, who has built a 258-point lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 14 races left, seems a lock for the championship...
Simon says, Cards lose (08/14/03)
By Alan Robinson ~ The Associated Press PITTSBURGH -- Randall Simon's pinch-hit single with the bases loaded in the ninth gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 6-5 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday night, preventing the Cardinals from gaining a first-place tie in the NL Central...
Curtis' win gives hope to the major have nots (08/14/03)
Optimism abounds as PGA Championship tees off today. By Doug Ferguson ~ The Associated Press ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Optimism at the PGA Championship has never been so high for so many players, and not just because Tiger Woods has gone five majors without winning one...
The week ahead in motorsports 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
NASCAR WINSTON CUP GFS MARKETPLACE 400
  • Site: Brooklyn, Mich. Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 2 p.m.); Sunday, race (TNT, 1 p.m.). Track: Michigan International Speedway (d-shaped oval, 2 miles, 18 degrees banking in turns)...
  • De Ferran bounces back from early season injury (08/14/03)
    Gil de Ferran isn't flashy. Except when prompted by teammate Helio Castroneves after winning the Indianapolis 500 in May, de Ferran has never climbed a fence after a win. He isn't controversial, either, never publicly venting his anger or frustrations...
    Area digest 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
    Scott County wins tournament game WILSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Scott County defeated the Pacific Northwest champions 4-1 in the Babe Ruth 12 and under Softball World Series on Wednesday. Scott County managed only two hits in the game, but scored three unearned runs in the fifth to grab the win. Casey Kern pitched all six innings for Scott County. Kern allowed one run on five hits...
    Sideline chatter 8/14 (08/14/03)
    Bug off! Roach motel escapee has domino effect Ma Lihua dreams of being the world's biggest pushover, but cockroaches might beat her to it. Ma, a 24-year-old domino-laying expert from Beijing, has been putting in 13-hour days to set up tiles in Singapore, aiming to beat German
    Klaus Friedrich's one-person record of 281,581 dominoes toppled, set in 1984...
    Elks Club provides funding for mobile dental clinic (08/14/03)
    Maybe they're better known for their fish dinners, chili suppers or pancake breakfasts, but several civic clubs in Southeast Missouri are helping provide better health care for their neighbors at home and abroad. Whether it's a Lions Club program to provide eyeglasses in developing nations or a Rotary drive to eradicate polio around the world, civic clubs are making some great strides in the health-care arena...
    Health calendar 8/14 (08/14/03)
    Today Blood drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Donors should be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Preparation for childbirth class 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in conference room at Healing Arts Center. For information, call 331-5107...
    Tunes and Tacos and cover bands (08/14/03)
    Aug. 14, 2003 Dear Julie, Every August, our St. Louis friends Randy and Sally throw a party called Tunes and Tacos. It roughly coincides with Randy's birthday but is really just an excuse for Randy and all the musicians he knows to jam. He knows lots of musicians...
    Gary Stubenrauch (08/14/03)
    SCOTT CITY -- Gary Francis Stubenrauch, 60, of Scott City died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, near Van Buren, Mo. He was born Feb. 20, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, son of Bernard George "Barney" and Coena Anna Bucher Stubenrauch. He married Barbara Faye "Bobbie" Wolfe Oct. 6, 1962. She preceded him in death...
    Amos Coonts (08/14/03)
    MORLEY, Mo. -- Amos Joel Coonts, 66, of Morley died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis, following an extended illness. He was born Feb. 23, 1937, in Mount Judea, Ark., son of Tony and Willa Mae Coonts. He and Coy Phillips Kerber were married in 1979...
    Roy Anderson (08/14/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Roy L. Anderson, 77, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, in Perryville. He was born Aug. 23, 1925, at St. Mary, Mo., son of Roy and Bernice Moll Anderson. He and Gerry Moonier were married Nov. 16, 1946. Mr. Anderson was a salesman 40 years at the Chevrolet dealership in Perryville. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, Parish Council, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and 4th Degree member of Knights of Columbus...
    Mary Estes-Gieselmann (08/14/03)
    Mary Mack Estes-Gieselmann, 50, of Millersville died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 2, 1952, in Evansville, Ind., daughter of Carl Mack and Helen Phelps Estes. She and Jan Gieselmann were married Jan. 9, 1982, in Cape Girardeau...
    Walter Bohnert (08/14/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Walter Ignatius Bohnert, 91, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 13, 1911, at Longtown, Mo., son of August Vincent and Maria Johanna Unterreiner Bohnert. He and Luella Trapp were married Oct. 19, 1948, at Apple Creek, Mo. She died May 30, 1993...
    Betty Poe (08/14/03)
    Betty Lou Poe, 47, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 23, 1955, in Lexington Park, Md., daughter of James Alvin and Anna Mae Unkle Johnson Sr. She and Daniel Poe were married Aug. 15, 1978, in Virginia Beach, Va...
    Mary Bailey (08/14/03)
    Mary Irene Harvell Bailey, 84, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at Regent Care Center in San Antonio. She was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Savannah, Tenn., daughter of George T. and Florence McCollum Harvell. She married Marshall T. Bailey Oct. 12, 1946, in Charleston, Mo. He preceded her in death Sept. 8, 1972...
    Ruth Markle (08/14/03)
    Ruth Ann Markle, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born March 2, 1918, in Seward, Neb., daughter of Herman and Christina Stueck Wergin. She and Keith F. Markle were married July 23, 1937, in Fairbury, Neb. He died Dec. 31, 1983...
    Helen Miller (08/14/03)
    ULLIN, Ill. -- Helen Miller, 89, of Ullin died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born March 24, 1914, in Ullin, daughter of John and Laura Casper Sydenstricker. She married Raymond Miller Feb. 12, 1932. He died March 23, 1999...
    Lorene Dillow (08/14/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Lorene Dillow, 83, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 1, 1920, in Lafe, Ark., daughter of John and Dora Wright. She and James Albert Dillow were married in 1940 at Benton, Mo...
    Births 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
    Halter Daughter to Eric George and Michelle Ailee Halter of St. Louis, formerly of Cape Girardeau, St. Francis Medical Center, 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2003. Name, Paige Madison. Weight, 7 pounds 8 ounces. First child. Mrs. Halter is the daughter of Nelson and Norma Masters of Florissant, Mo. Halter is the son of Mary Meyer of Leopold, Mo., and Mick Halter of Cape Girardeau. He is an investment representative with Edward Jones...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Aug. 14 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests J.C. Lamar Brown, 23, of 1210 S. Sprigg, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of speeding and driving without a license...
    Cape fire report 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Aug. 14 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 6:34 p.m., gas can on fire at 1006 Camino. At 10:02 p.m., medical assist at 1320 Monticello. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 4:11 a.m., alarm sounding at 134 West Park Mall...
    Out of the past 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
    10 years ago: Aug. 14, 1993 Emergency services officials and volunteer flood workers aren't only ones keeping eye on Mississippi River gauge at Cape Girardeau; on both sides of river, school administrators have one eye on calendar and other on gauge; they hope river will drop low enough so school buses can travel over roads and highways that are now submerged; river stage at Cape Girardeau is 44.9 feet...
    School funding - See you in court (08/14/03)
    By Henry J. Waters III COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It was inevitable. As public school funding per pupil has become ever more inequitable, a constitutional challenge was just a matter of time. And now it is upon us. Some 147 Missouri school districts will file suit, probably in November and probably in Cole County Circuit Court, alleging inadequacy and inequity in school funding. ...
    Prosecutor answers questions about plea bargain (08/14/03)
    By Morley Swingle A recent letter to the Southeast Missourian asked two very valid questions: Why did the prosecutor allowed Robin Whitson to plead guilty to two felony charges rather than 10? And why didn't Circuit Judge Ellen Roper order restitution when she sent Whitson to prison?...
    Efforts all aim at more industries, jobs (08/14/03)
    Each weekday morning, cars zoom along East Jackson Boulevard as people leave Jackson to go to other towns to work. A host of Jackson leaders would like to see that change. That's where the empty 60 acres on U.S. 61 about three miles from Interstate 55 comes in. The city bought the property in 1998, envisioning an industrial park ripe with new industry and the jobs that follow...
    Notre Dame's many supporters deserve thanks (08/14/03)
    To the editor: In this era of budget cuts and financial worries, I am once again reminded and yet humbled by the generosity of the clergy, parishioners, alumni and friends of Notre Dame Regional High School. Their sacrifices of time, finance and talent allow us to provide quality Catholic education at a most affordable cost to all...
    Support troops by opposing the president (08/14/03)
    To the editor: I continue to see signs that declare "I support President Bush and the troops" which infer that the two things are the same and that not supporting the administration is equivalent to undercutting our military. Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that the opposite is true: that supporting our president means embracing policies that are not beneficial to our troops...
    Intersection is less safe than before changes (08/14/03)
    To the editor: The primary responsibility of government is to provide for the safety and protection of its citizens, and the most basic level would be municipal government. While it is not uncommon for local government to address a hazardous intersection by installing stop signs, it is almost unheard of that a safe, high-traffic intersection would have its stop signs removed. But that's what Jackson did at the intersection of Shawnee Boulevard and Old Cape Road...
    Speak Out 8/14/03 (08/14/03)
    Evening meetings GOV. BOB Holden recently signed into law a measure expanding the authority of Missouri's larger counties to enact local ordinances. The new law takes effect Aug. 28. Since Cape Girardeau is one of the 22 counties affected, will the county commission be publishing an agenda? Will the commissioners continue to meet at 9 a.m. ...
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