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Community briefs 09/15/03 (09/15/03)
Vision 2020 committee meets Wednesday The Vision 2020 Transportation Committee, also known as the Riverfront Team, will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce in Cape Girardeau. Discussion will include plans for the organizational meeting at the Osage Centre on Oct. 22. For more information, call 335-3683...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (09/15/03)
City hall, 7 p.m. today Public hearings A public hearing to consider vacating the city's interest in a 15-foot alley in Monticello First Addition. Appearances Public input before the council on items on the agenda and then items not on the agenda.Consent ordinances...
Cape considers endorsing welcome center plan (09/15/03)
A proposed welcome center at the River Campus hopes to get an official welcome from the Cape Girardeau City Council tonight in the form of an endorsement of a grant application to fund the project. Southeast Missouri State University is seeking $960,000 in federal transportation money to help construct the state-affiliated welcome center. The university would have to come up with the $240,000 in matching funds for the project, officials said...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (09/15/03)
City hall, 7:30 p.m. today Action Items A motion to set the annual city Christmas party for Dec. 5. An ordinance amending the agreement between the city and the Missouri Department of Conservation, relative to the establishment and management of a winter trout fishery at Rotary Lake...
Community cuisine 09/15/03 (09/15/03)
Lutheran church in Scott City to hold pig roast Eisleben Lutheran Church in Scott City will hold a pig roast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28. The menu includes roast pork, potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and drink. A silent auction will also be held...
Military digest 09/15/03 (09/15/03)
Benton grad completes Marine basic training Marine Corps Pvt. Anthony L. Parker, a 2003 graduate of Thomas W. Kelly High School in Benton, Mo., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif...
Many contribute to American Legion's scholarship fund (09/15/03)
At a recent meeting of American Legion Post 158, Jim Nelson reported on the American Legion Scholarship fund. He said that the contribution in memory of Bob Abbott was probably the largest amount to be made honoring one person. Contributors were Bill Poe, Bob and Adell Hartle, River Eagle Distributing Co., American Legion Auxiliary 158, Don Starzinger, Al Lowes, Randy Fronabarger, Gary and Kathy Huckstep, Lynn and Betty Jones, Rick Proffer, Dennis and Susan Hinkelbein, Connie Bell, Larry Meier, Kathy Matheney, Ron and Linda Martin, Carol Englehart, Terry and Sherry Pourney, Lloyd and Inez Masterson, Dean and Carolyn Surface, Ennis and Janelle Hinkebein, Paul Ray and Maxine Friedrich, Bill and Mitgie Abbott, Bobbie Sizemore, Jean Grantham, Tom and Donna Grantham, Butch and Darlene James, Larry and Sandy Triplett, the Danzig Agency of St. ...
Community Q&A 09/15/03 (09/15/03)
  • Name: Winnie Seabaugh Lives in: Jackson Family: Husband, three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Job: Case manager for Court Appointed Special Advocates of SEMO...
  • Vogelsant to serve on national VFW auxiliary committee (09/15/03)
    Glenneta Vogelsang of Cape Girardeau, a member of Clippard, Wilson, Taylor Auxiliary 3838, participated in the 90th national convention of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW, held in late August in San Antonio, Texas. A past national president, Vogelsang will serve as a member of the 2003 to 2004 National Events and Guests Committee. Her 2002 to 2003 theme is "Together Everyone Achieves Magic for Our Veterans."...
    Mopping up the midway (09/15/03)
    The day after the fair ended, Arena Park was still a hub of activity. Not with rides and attractions, but with crews of volunteer workers scrambling to return Arena Park to its normal state after the SEMO District Fair. Where rides and vendors' trailers once stood, there were only ruts in the ground and scattered pieces of litter...
    Holden names Southeast professor to state preservation board (09/15/03)
    As the newest member of the state Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Bonnie Stepenoff's primary responsibility will be to review applications for the National Register of Historic Places. The register is underused by both private property owners and government, she says. ...
    Area archive director to speak in Canada (09/15/03)
    The director of the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center knows her history. She especially knows her trivia on explorers Merriwether Lewis and William Clark. But it was her knowledge of a second language, French, that made Jane Randol Jackson the perfect candidate to speak at a conference in Canada next month...
    Businesses reap millions appealing tax assessment (09/15/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Two ways of looking at how business equipment should be taxed in Missouri has allowed many companies to cut their property tax bills, in a trend that concerns many tax assessors. Assessors in Missouri have lost each of 45 decisions before the state Tax Commission over 2 1/2 years, while the same commission's rulings have given millions in tax reductions to big businesses, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday...
    Family of man shot by police disputes self-defense ruling (09/15/03)
    CARTERVILLE, Mo. -- Family members of a Webb City, Mo., resident shot by a police officer dispute a jury's decision that the shooting was justified and question the veracity of the probe because of connections between the coroner's office and the Jasper County Sheriff's Department...
    Illinois slave house has notable past, uncertain future (09/15/03)
    JUNCTION, Ill. -- When George Sisk heard steps on his driveway early one morning, he did what he usually does when strangers ignore the No Trespassing signs leading to his house and the gate at the end of his driveway. "I took my pistol and shot at them," said Sisk, "just over their heads." The interlopers tumbled into their truck and took off...
    More people arrested over weekend in Stoddard County Jail probe (09/15/03)
    BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Stoddard County sheriff's officers arrested a jail employee and others over the weekend in an ongoing investigation of suspected illegal activity at the Stoddard County Jail. Melody D. Horn, 47, of Dexter, was arrested Saturday and charged with allowing delivery of prohibited items and escape, according to Sheriff Steve Fish's office...
    Census of the seas (09/15/03)
    KACHEMAK BAY, Alaska -- Brenda Konar shoots an anxious glance over her shoulder but keeps chiseling. The Pacific Ocean hasn't gone away. In fact, it's gaining on her. Wedged between slimy boulders, the marine biologist hacks at the crusty stuff clinging to the ragged shoreline of the Kenai Peninsula. Frigid seawater seeps through the duct tape patch on her rubber waders. Her knuckles bleed...
    Budget crunches have residents, schools making tough decisions (09/15/03)
    BURNS, Ore. -- For decades, most people in Oregon ranch country held two things dear: their high school football team and their disdain for new taxes. But lately, it's begun to seem like only the hated taxes can save the beloved football team. Like many other areas around the country, schools in Harney County are reeling from a lack of funding. And in Burns, school board members had to cut the entire sports budget...
    New diets, picky eaters add to dinner difficulties (09/15/03)
    Making dinner was tough enough before Junior became a vegan and Dad got on his low-carb, meat-eater's diet. Now planning a meal and cooking it is not only time-consuming, it's complicated. Just ask Lateefah Viley, who cooks for her two younger brothers and a sister. Viley is a pescetarian -- a vegetarian who eats fish. All three siblings are committed meat lovers, but one won't eat pork; another eats beef but no chicken. The third rejects cheese...
    Schools throughout New England battle mold outbreak (09/15/03)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- It has fouled carpeting, crawled over ceiling tiles and slimed books and bulletin boards in schools from Maine to Rhode Island. An unprecedented mold outbreak, following the region's rainy, humid summer, has also delayed the opening of school for thousands of youngsters across New England and left some districts with six-figure cleanup bills...
    O'Malley greets protesters after service (09/15/03)
    BOSTON -- Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley, wading into a small knot of protesters after Mass on Sunday, said more needs to be done to heal the wounds of the church's priest sexual abuse scandal. O'Malley talked with victims and advocates in the impromptu sidewalk meeting after one of the protesters approached the archbishop as he shook the hands of parishioners as they left the Cathedral of the Holy Cross...
    Use of anti-terror laws branching out (09/15/03)
    PHILADELPHIA -- In the two years since law enforcement agencies gained fresh powers to help them track down and punish terrorists, police and prosecutors have increasingly turned the force of the new laws not on al-Qaida cells but on people charged with common crimes...
    Florida mermaids fighting extinction at theme park (09/15/03)
    WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. -- The mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs are holding their collective breath. Actually, they do that at times every day when they wiggle into their Lycra fish tails and perform in the underwater theater at the venerable roadside theme park. But this is different...
    Senator trying to focus federal welfare reform on marriage (09/15/03)
    WASHINGTON -- When Congress remade national welfare policy, out-of-wedlock births were a major concern to a young Missouri House member involved in the 1996 overhaul. The lawmaker, Republican Jim Talent, went on to become a U.S. senator and is now helping to shape the next welfare reform bill...
    Clinton rallies against recall while GOP split continues (09/15/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Former President Clinton railed against the gubernatorial recall campaign Sunday in an effort to energize California Democrats increasingly hopeful they can defeat the attempt to oust Gov. Gray Davis. Clinton, still a highly popular and polarizing figure nearly three years after leaving office, mixed Scripture with politics in his 40-minute address during a midmorning service at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, the city's oldest black congregation...
    East Coast warily eyes nearing storm Isabel (09/15/03)
    MIAMI -- Hurricane Isabel weakened slightly Sunday but still was a powerful Category 4 storm as it plowed across the Atlantic Ocean on a course that could slam it into the central East Coast late this week. "It's looking more and more likely that this is going to be a big event for the eastern United States," National Hurricane Center meteorologist Eric Blake said Sunday...
    New Indiana governor declares day to honor late Gov. O'Bannon (09/15/03)
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Newly sworn-in Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan declared Sunday a statewide day of remembrance in honor of his friend and political partner, the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon, who died Saturday after suffering a stroke. Kernan asked that the day be one "of reflection, sorrow and joy for a life that was lived to the fullest in the service of the people of Indiana."...
    Germophobic NASA to smash Galileo probe into Jupiter (09/15/03)
    PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA plans to crash its $1.5 billion Galileo spacecraft into Jupiter next weekend to make sure it doesn't accidentally contaminate the planet's ice-covered moon Europa with bacteria from Earth. After Galileo's orbit carries it behind Jupiter at 10:49 p.m. on Sept. 21, the aging probe will plunge into the planet's stormy atmosphere at a speed of nearly 108,000 mph...
    Beatles' record company sues U.S. tech firm over Apple name (09/15/03)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Beatles want to take another bite out of Apple Computer Inc. The Fab Four's record company, Apple Corps Ltd., said Friday it was suing Apple Computer because the technology company violated a 1991 agreement by entering the music business with its iTunes online store...
    Depp scores another No. 1 hit with 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico' (09/15/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Depp has made another transformation: oddball actor to box office moneymaker. The star known for playing eccentrics in cult favorites is establishing himself as a major box office draw with two films this weekend in the top five...
    People talk 9/15/03 (09/15/03)
    If docs OK, Madonna wants a third child LONDON -- Madonna wants to have another child. The 45-year-old singer and pop icon, who has two children, told Britain's Times newspaper she was consulting doctors about having another baby. "Because of my exercising and this, that and the other, I've kind of screwed up my cycle a bit," Madonna was quoted as saying by the newspaper's weekend magazine that came out Saturday...
    Poll suggests opposition to $87 billion Iraq aid proposal (09/15/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The American public is clearly uncomfortable with President Bush's request for an additional $87 billion for Iraq, says a new poll that shows six in 10 oppose the spending. The ABC-Washington Post poll out Sunday shows 61 percent oppose spending the $87 billion in addition to the billions in earlier spending Congress provided for the war...
    EPA recommends tightening airborne soot standards (09/15/03)
    WASHINGTON -- New federal health standards that limit the amount of soot in the air do not adequately protect the elderly and people with respiratory problems and should be tightened, according to an internal government report. The findings could become the basis for additional pollution-control requirements to reduce the amount of microscopic soot emitted by diesel-burning trucks, cars, factories and power plants...
    Fed expected to keep interest rates low (09/15/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Even though U.S. companies are reluctant to hire workers, the economy over the second half of this year is expected to grow at the fastest pace since 1999. That surprisingly upbeat prospect means that the Federal Reserve will see no need to cut interest rates at Tuesday's meeting, economists believe...
    Powell says Israeli could set off rage among Muslims everywhere (09/15/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Israel would incite rage not only among Arabs but also Muslims everywhere by exiling or executing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday. Powell, speaking from Baghdad during a visit to Iraq, also said that Israeli politicians are not helping the U.S.-sponsored peace process with such statements as vice prime minister Ehud Olmert's comment Sunday that "killing (Arafat) is definitely one of the options" under consideration by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government.. ...
    World Trade Organization talks collapse under diverging agendas (09/15/03)
    CANCUN, Mexico -- World trade talks collapsed Sunday amid sharp differences between rich and poor nations, a blow to the World Trade Organization that many poor countries called a victory against the West. It was the second time WTO talks have collapsed in four years, and a major setback to efforts to regulate the world's trade. EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said the round of talks wasn't dead, "but it certainly needs intensive care."...
    Powell encouraged by Iraq progression toward self-rule (09/15/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, on his first visit to Iraq since Saddam Hussein's ouster, said Sunday he was en-couraged by progress toward self-rule, but that the country's porous borders are at-tracting saboteurs intent on undermining that goal...
    Official says killing Arafat an option for Israeli leaders (09/15/03)
    RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The second-ranking official in the Israeli government said Sunday that killing Yasser Arafat is an option, as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets across the West Bank and Gaza Strip promising to protect their leader...
    Army stages coup, detains president in Guinea-Bissau (09/15/03)
    LISBON, Portugal -- The army launched a coup in the West Africa country of Guinea-Bissau on Sunday, arresting the president and ordering government ministers detained, officials here said. Portuguese Foreign Ministry spokesman Fernando Lima said Sunday "a military committee" was now in control of Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony...
    New Iraq is unwanted Arab role model (09/15/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- For an Arab world resistant to political reform, the new Iraq taking shape under U.S. tutelage is a troubling harbinger. In the five months since U.S. forces rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein's rule, the country's ethnically and religiously diverse people have, in one giant leap, overturned decades of social and political injustice, replaced a brutal one-party system with a multitude of groups advocating a rich range of ideologies and created a free press...
    WWII Army booklet shows bashing the French nothing new (09/15/03)
    PARIS -- They don't bathe. Their women are loose. In war they're quick to surrender and have to be rescued by Americans. These and other choice stereotypes about the French have been flying about since their government defied the American line on Iraq. Now a hot-selling booklet is showing that there's nothing new about it...
    Hamas chief - EU wrong to blacklist group as terrorists (09/15/03)
    DAMASCUS, Syria -- The European Union committed a "big mistake" by blacklisting Hamas as a terrorist organization, but the move won't affect the group's resistance operations, a senior leader of the Palestinian militant group said Sunday. Hamas leader in Syria Khaled Mashaal said as the group's resources came from Arabs and Muslims, the EU ban would not affect Hamas' struggle against Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories...
    Yemeni court gives Islamic extremist death sentence (09/15/03)
    SAN'A, Yemen -- A Yemen court sentenced a Muslim extremist to death Sunday for assassinating a key politician and planning attacks against three American missionaries, who were slain last year. The sentencing immediately followed Ali al-Jarallah's conviction in the Dec. 28, 2002, death of Yemeni Socialist Party deputy secretary-general Jarallah Omar during an Islamic political conference...
    Swedes reject euro in emotional campaign (09/15/03)
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedes rejected adopting the European common currency in a Sunday referendum overshadowed by the killing of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, an ardent euro supporter, days earlier. The Swedish rejection of the euro is a blow to the common currency and European integration. It also provides a boost for euro opponents in Britain and Denmark, which still use their own currencies...
    World briefs 9/15/03 (09/15/03)
    Estonia to join historic expansion EU group TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonians voted Sunday to join a historic expansion of the European Union, fulfilling what once seemed an unattainable dream for the small Baltic state. The supporters of joining the federation of European nations had 67 percent of the vote, according to results from nearly all polling stations, Estonia's Central Election Commission reported. The other 33 percent voted no on the referendum...
    Egyptian history goes digital, with mixed results (09/15/03)
    CAIRO, Egypt -- The two young men stood on a museum balcony overlooking colossal 3,000-year-old statues and mummy-shaped coffins, but their eyes were fixed on the glowing screens of the digital guides in their hands. One of the men shook his head. "This is too confusing," he muttered, pulling off the attached earphones. ...
    Bangkok museum specializes in macabre (09/15/03)
    BANGKOK, Thailand -- It's a rare museum where visitors are welcomed by the founder's skeleton. But the father of Bangkok's Forensic Museum donated his body to his life's cause, and his bones now rest at the entrance for medical students and ordinary onlookers to examine...
    2002 tanker sinking still leaves mark on Spain's north coast (09/15/03)
    A CORUNA, Spain -- From the boardwalk, Riazor Beach looks great: white sand and blue water. But Oliva Fernandez's morning stroll along the shore leaves her feet fouled with black muck. She whips out olive oil, this year's must-have lotion at just about any beach in northern Spain. But it's for cleaning, not tanning...
    Southeast women third, men fifth in Vanderbilt meet (09/15/03)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeast Missouri State University women's cross country team was third and the men fifth Sunday in the Commodore Invitational hosted by Vanderbilt. Kaci Pilcher finished sixth in 19:17.35 to lead Southeast's women. After Pilcher was Kris Woolf (16th, 19:57.43), Colleen Burke (26th, 19:58.99), Brooke Woodruff (26th, 20:30.49) and Jen Caywood (31st, 20:39.94)...
    Otahkians cap weekend sweep, beat SMS (09/15/03)
    Valerie Henderson didn't really think the shot was all that good. "It wasn't that strong," she said. "I thought their goalie would get it." But Henderson was wrong -- much to her delight. Henderson, a Southeast Missouri State University senior, angled in a shot from about 20 yards out early in sudden-death overtime as the Otahkians beat Southwest Missouri State 2-1 in front of about 200 fans Sunday at Houck Stadium...
    After shaky start, offensive line emerges (09/15/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- It was supposed to be his day, but as Rams offensive line coach Jim Hanifan smiled for the scoreboard camera prior to Sunday's game against San Francisco, blood pooled on his lip, courtesy of a face-to-shoulder-pad pregame bump with guard Adam Timmerman...
    Johnson races to a repeat at N.H. (09/15/03)
    LOUDON, N.H. -- There was a time in Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway when Jimmie Johnson was just hoping to salvage a decent finish. Instead, Johnson withstood a pit accident that sent three of his crewmen flying, an angry competitor he believes was trying to wreck him, and another round of fuel strategy to win the Sylvania 300...
    Wilkins' kick clinches win after 236-yard day by Marc Bulger (09/15/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger kept the Rams' quarterback controversy alive. Kurt Warner's backup shook off two first-half turnovers by throwing for two touchdowns and keeping his cool on the final drive of a 27-24 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Jeff Wilkins kicked a 28-yard field goal with 13 minutes left in the extra period...
    De La Hoya wants explanation of decision that cost him a win (09/15/03)
    LAS VEGAS -- Concern was growing in Shane Mosley's corner as the rounds went on and it became obvious his fight with Oscar De La Hoya would be going to the judge's scorecards. Jack Mosley wanted his son to do something spectacular -- and fast. "My father was trying to convey to me since we're in Las Vegas and it's Oscar's town we had to pour it on in the last rounds," Mosley said...
    Astros' home sweep leaves Cards down, possibly out (09/15/03)
    HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros just about ended the playoff chances of the Cardinals. Tim Redding combined with three relievers on a three-hitter and Craig Biggio drove in three runs as the Astros beat St. Louis 4-1 Sunday to complete a key three-game sweep...
    European team seals Solheim Cup victory (09/15/03)
    LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- The singing and chanting started on the first tee and never let up until Europe won the Solheim Cup on Sunday, 17 1/2-10 1/2, a score that was slightly skewed by a chaotic conclusion at Barseback Golf & Country Club. Annika Sorenstam won her fourth match of the week, 3 and 2 over Angela Stanford, to put Europe on the cusp of winning in the biggest blowout of the Cup...
    Bulger proves again what we already knew (09/15/03)
    Marc Bulger fumbled twice in the first half Sunday against the 49ers. That gave the St. Louis quarterbacks a total of eight fumbles in the first six quarters of the season. But Bulger did something Kurt Warner, who fumbled six times in a loss two weeks ago against the Giants, didn't do. He recovered...
    FanFare 9/15/03 (09/15/03)
    Briefly Baseball
  • Barry Bonds was ejected in the eighth inning of the Giants' game against Milwaukee for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. Bonds walked as a pinch-hitter leading off the eighth. After he was replaced by pinch-runner Eric Young and Rich Aurilia struck out looking, Bonds argued with home plate umpire Jim Reynolds from the bench...
  • Managing our time (09/15/03)
    We have 1,440 minutes a day to spend. Once the day is over we can never retrieve those minutes. Most of us believe there are not enough hours in the day and enough days in the week. Perhaps this is so, but it could be that we are not using those 1,440 minutes to the best of our abilities...
    Twelve lessons learned from volatile markets (09/15/03)
    "Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." -- Oscar Wilde As such, there has been a lot of talk about the experiences learned from the volatile markets this past year. What's often said is that we should, "learn from our mistakes." To assist you in learning from mistakes made due to the volatile markets, here's a list of 12 lessons that may help you in planning your market strategies in the future:...
    2003 new tax law (09/15/03)
    After several months of seeking a tax cut aimed at jump-starting the economy and creating jobs, President Bush got his wish when Congress delivered the Jobs Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 in late May. Although the act falls short of the $726 billion in tax cuts originally sought by the president, it contains the centerpiece of the president's original proposal, an elimination of individual taxes on corporate dividends, and it is expected to result in a tax cut of $330 billion over 10 years.. ...
    For networks, new season brings hope (09/15/03)
    NEW YORK -- Rob Lowe has left the White House for a law firm. Whoopi Goldberg is a hotel operator with a razor tongue. Mark Harmon investigates crimes in the military. Kelly Ripa is a washed-up soap star. A new television season begins next week -- time to stretch your imagination to see old friends in new roles...
    Sir Mix-A-Lot releases first album in seven years (09/15/03)
    SEATTLE -- The man who introduced big butts to pop culture is back. Sir Mix-A-Lot, who earned a Grammy for 1992's "Baby Got Back" and then all but disappeared, returned last week with a new album, "Daddy's Home." The 39-year-old Seattle-born rapper left the recording industry in 1997 shortly after the killings of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G...
    Tech company certified to partner with Cisco (09/15/03)
    SCOTT CITY -- Technology And Networking (TAN) of Scott City recently completed final certification requirements with Cisco Systems Inc. to become the only Cisco Premier Partner within a 100-mile radius. Jason Eftink, CEO, said, "We are now certified as a Cisco Premier Partner with a VPN/Security specialization. This certification sets us apart locally as the only network security experts in Southeast Missouri recognized by Cisco."...
    New residential subdivision to open (09/15/03)
    State Sen. Peter Kinder, president pro-tem of the Missouri Senate, Scott Lipke, state representative of District 157, Jason Crowell, state representative of District 158 and Cape County Commissioner Gerald Jones will be on hand Friday, Sept. 19, to mark the official opening of Saddlebrooke Ridge, a 263-acre residential real estate development owned by Mathes Land Development Co. of Cape Girardeau...
    Bankruptcies for September 2003 (09/15/03)
    BANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies filed through Sept. 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...
    Regional teams better access to DED services (09/15/03)
    By Joe Driskill, state director of Department of Economic Development JEFFERSON CITY -- Last month we began rolling out our regional development teams, representing a new way of doing business for the Department of Economic Development. Each team will include experts from DED, who are responsible for ensuring that state services designed to foster job growth and community development are as effective and coordinated as possible...
    Cape Girardeau County tax liens (09/15/03)
    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 August 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...
    Scott County tax liens (09/15/03)
    Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of August 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...
    Letter - Dana workers urged to oppose unionization (09/15/03)
    To the editor: The United Auto Workers have pressured some automotive suppliers - including our employer, Dana Corp. - into signing so-called neutrality agreements and agreeing to grant the union recognition on the basis of what they refer to as a card-check election...
    Opinion - The Republican spending binge (09/15/03)
    By Raymond J. Keating chief economist Small Business Survival Committee Washington, D.C. I used to think that Republicans were interested in restraining - indeed, even reducing - the size of government. How naïve could I be? Remember when President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, was in the White House, and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress? Those Democrats controlled the budget for fiscal years 1994 and 1995, and in each of those years total outlays increased by 3.7 percent. ...
    Stoddard County tax liens (09/15/03)
    Stoddard County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of August 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...
    Kelly Services relocates to Shawnee Center (09/15/03)
    Business Today Kelly Services Inc., a human resources corporation, will relocate its Southeast Missouri office to Shawnee Center in Cape Girardeau. Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., who handled the leasing transaction, said the company's new offices are being finished at the new 27,900-square-foot retail and office development at Highway 74 and Silver Springs Road...
    New Jackson Residential development (09/15/03)
    Business Today Jackson will have another new residential development in the near future, according to Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd. of Cape Girardeau. Kelsey recently handled the sale of 68 acres in Jackson. Kelsey said the property is adjacent to the Jackson city limits and will be accessed from Hillcrest Drive and possibly a future entrance from State Route PP, west of the Russell Height cemetery. ...
    Poplar Bluff, Kennett hospitals sold to Florida group (09/15/03)
    Business Today Tenet Healthcare Corp. has sold its hospitals in Poplar Bluff and Kennett as part of a $550 million deal that also includes two hospitals in Tennessee and one in Florida. Tenet announced the sale Aug. 25, along with buyer Health Management Associates of Naples, Fla. The Southeast Missouri hospitals are Three Rivers Healthcare System, a 423-bed, two-campus hospital in Poplar Bluff, and Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, a 116-bed hospital in Kennett...
    Keene - New tax act aids small businesses (09/15/03)
    While attention has focused mostly on individual taxpayers and investors, the new Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 provides several direct and indirect benefits for the small-business owner. Tax rate cuts Perhaps the most obvious benefit to the small-business owner is the acceleration of the reduction of personal tax rates scheduled under the 2001 tax act. ...
    Marquette Hotel on schedule for January opening (09/15/03)
    $6 million renovation well underway By Jim Obert Business Today The 21-year ordeal to find a use for the six-story, Spanish-style hotel in downtown Cape Girardeau officially ended in August 2002 when owner Ruby Bullock signed over the deed to Prost Builders Inc. of Jefferson City...
    MoDOT plans Dec. 13 for Cape bridge opening (09/15/03)
    Business Today Traffic will cross the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Dec. 13, weather permitting, according to Scott Meyer, district engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation The announcement came Sept. 2 at the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau...
    Business briefs (09/15/03)
    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BENTON Diamond Shine Car Wash has opened at 243 S. Winchester. The owners are Greg Dittlinger and Brock Milan. CAPE GIRARDEAU St. Louis Bread Co. at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park has changed its named to Panera Bread. Country Creations has opened in the JCPenney wing at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park...
    Carpet company to build new facility (09/15/03)
    Business Today Carpet Connection, a Cape Girardeau-based flooring retailer and installer, plans to build a new store at 766 S. Kingshighway. Owners John and Connie Fodge have purchased a one-acre parcel at that location and plan to construct an 8,000-square-foot retail facility...
    People news (09/15/03)
    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI J. Michael Pobst has been named community president at Alliance Bank in Sikeston. Kimberly Hackworth has been named administrative assistant at Alliance Bank in Sikeston. Angie Kapp has been promoted to center manager at Cape Imaging MRI in Cape Girardeau...
    Cape to fix revamped intersection on Mount Auburn (09/15/03)
    Business Today Motorists who travel through the new Mount Auburn-Independence intersection in Cape Girardeau won't have to feel they are on a go-cart track much longer. The city plans to eliminate the sharp jog for southbound traffic by widening Mount Auburn north of the intersection so the transition from four lanes to five lanes is more gradual, said city engineer Mark Lester...
    AIM criticizes requirement to pay union fees (09/15/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY -- Associated Industries of Missouri, The Voice of Missouri Business and the state's largest business trade association representing approximately 1,500 employers statewide, criticized a move by the Holden administration to force certain public employees to pay union fees...
    Recognitions (09/15/03)
    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Celebrations Restaurant and Bar in Cape Girardeau has been honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2003. There are only 3,360 restaurants in the world, representing more than 40 countries, to be honored with this award. ...
    College vs. no college -- who makes more money (09/15/03)
    By Forbes.com Going to college Average annual cost of a four-year private college: $26,070 Average time to get a degree (four-year private college): 55 months Unemployment rate for bachelor-degree holders, 2001: 2.2 percent Average income for full-time year-round workers with a bachelor's degree, 1997 to 1999: $52,200...
    Second lawsuit filed to block Ste. Genevieve cement plant (09/15/03)
    From news releases ST. LOUIS - A coalition of environmental groups has filed another lawsuit seeking to block construction of a cement plant in northern Ste. Genevieve County. The Webster Groves Nature Study Society, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Ozark Chapter of the Sierra Club and the American Bottom Conservancy filed the lawsuit against Holcim (US), which is planning to build the plant, and the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission, which in early August issued a permit allowing Holcim to quarry limestone on the site.. ...
    Back-to-school sales boost retail figures (09/15/03)
    NEW YORK -- Consumers spent generously on back-to-school items in August but were still focused on the bottom line, doing most of their shopping at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and other low-priced stores. But many mall-based apparel stores struggled to keep pace, indicating that a consumer spending recovery is spotty. The nation's merchants reported their August sales last week...
    Briggs, Gates get state grants for worker training (09/15/03)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Joe Driskill, director of Missouri's Department of Economic Development, recently presented two local factories with Customized Training Grants. Gates Rubber Co. received a check for $17,250 and Briggs & Stratton received a check for $25,300...
    P.B. Steel and Fabrication reopens (09/15/03)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- For the past two years, residents needing steel fabrication have had to travel out of the community. As of June 30, they need travel no farther than 1886 B Highway, the location of the newly re-opened Poplar Bluff Steel and Fabrication LLC...
    Training opportunities offered by agency (09/15/03)
    Due to expanded interest, the Regional Employee Assistance Program in Cape Girardeau is offering a second training opportunity for human resource managers, safety managers, supervisors and designated employer representatives. This training complies with DOT regulation 49 CFR 382. The training is conducted by a substance abuse professional and meets the requirements for the Federal Motor Carriers Administration...
    Inside the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce (09/15/03)
    By Michael Wells communications director Chamber of Commerce Chamber to appreciate industry Industry Appreciation Week begins Sept. 29 with the Industry Appreciation Golf Tournament at the Cape Girardeau Country Club. We will find out who wins the Commitment to Excellence Award at the Industry Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 1 at the Show Me Center. This year we will focus on manufacturing and wholesale/distribution firms in the area...
    LeGrand's - farm, lawn and pet needs since 1940s (09/15/03)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- The store has been serving the needs of the community since the 1940s. Products sold cover a wide range of needs, from pets to lawns to livestock. And the owners and employees of LeGrand's Feed and Fertilizer are working to make sure their store continues to serve the community in the future...
    Cape's Jim Wilson Co. to close (09/15/03)
    By Scott Moyers Special to Business Today After 56 years of doing business in Cape Girardeau, the Jim Wilson Co. has begun incrementally laying off its 65 workers with plans to close its doors for good by the end of the year. But there's even more bad news for workers at the employee-owned company: In addition to losing their jobs, the workers will lose millions in retirement money from their stock ownership plan...
    Business memo 09/15/03 (09/15/03)
    Financial tips topic of seminar in Jackson Wachovia Securities will present a seminar for small business owners and retirees Thursday at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce office. Doug Miller of the St. Louis CPA firm MPP&W will offer suggestions about ways to save on taxes...
    People on the move 09/15/03 (09/15/03)
    Tinsley joins staff of Divine Homes Christie Tinsley has joined the team of real estate agents at Divine Homes Realty. She is a member of the Cape Girardeau Board of Realtors, Cape Girardeau County Multiple Listing and Missouri Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors...
    Market for corporate espionage reaches $2 billion (09/15/03)
    BOSTON -- When Schick-Wilkinson Sword officially announced its four-bladed shaving product Quattro in August, rival Gillette already knew all about it -- enough, in fact, to slap Schick with a patent infringement lawsuit hours after the press release came out...
    Computer-heavy electrical grid vulnerable to hackers, viruses (09/15/03)
    NEW YORK -- Since last month's Northeast blackout, utilities have accelerated plans to automate the electric grid, replacing aging monitoring systems with digital switches and other high-tech gear. But those improvements are making the electricity supply vulnerable to a different kind of peril: computer viruses and hackers who could black out substations, cities or entire states...
    Aging beekeepers struggle to find replacements for sweaty job (09/15/03)
    PIEDMONT, S.C. J. Milton King has racks of beekeeping supplies on his screened-in porch ready to sell cheap or give away if he can find the right young person to take up the craft. So far, King, who at 86 has been hobbled in recent moths by a blood clot in his leg, has had no takers...
    Christopher Alsip (09/15/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Christopher Dwayne Alsip, 15, of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born June 14, 1988 in Carbondale, Ill., the son of Michell and Penny Jackson Alsip. He was a freshman at Cobden High School in Cobden, Ill...
    Maxine Robinson (09/15/03)
    NEW SHARON, Iowa -- Maxine Robinson, age 91, of New Sharon, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003 at the Georgian Court in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Her funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Harden Funeral Home in New Sharon, with Pastor Dan Ridnouer of the Lacey United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Union Mills Cemetery...
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